Ducktown Basin Museum

The Ducktown Basin Museum is located on the Burra Burra Mine site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site consists of 10 buildings on 17 acres and was the headquarters for Tennessee Copper Company's mine operations from 1899 to 1975. The property, now owned by the Tennessee Historical Commission, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.The museum's mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and industrial heritage of this copper-mining region of southern Appalachia. This is accomplished using a DVD presentation that provides an overview, along with artifacts, photographs and displays. Major themes examined include the technology and methods of mining, smelting and the associated chemical industry; the impact on the environment and subsequent reclamation efforts; and the social life in company towns. Tours of the grounds are available by appointment.

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Latitude: 35.0356232 Longitude: -84.3785405 Elevation: 1832 ft
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Seasons Open


Hours Open

January - March: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am to 4pm; April - October: Monday through Saturday 10am to 4:30pm; November - December: Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 4pm


$5 - Adults, $4 - Seniors, $2 - ages 13 to 17, $1 - ages 12 and under

ADA Accessibility Notes

Limited because of the historic nature of the structure.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed on the grounds but not inside the museum.


The Ducktown Basin Museum protects and preserves a century of copper mining in the Basin. The culture of mountain life is showcased in the generations of miners’ families,whose histories and stories are a part of the rich culture captured by the museum and its members. This is our history, who we are.

Sarah Verner, 12/8/2011

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