Ducktown Basin Museum & Burra Burra Mine State Historic Site

Image of Burra Burra Mine

Address & Contact Information

212 Burra Burra Hill
(off Tennessee Highway 68)
Ducktown, TN 37236
(423) 496-5778


Please verify hours by calling the site before visiting.

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday
Closed on Wednesday and Sunday

About The Ducktown Basin Museum-Burra Burra Mine State Historic Site

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 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. The State of Tennessee purchased the property in 1988, and the site is administered by the Ducktown Basin Museum.

Read more on their private website

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.

This Page Last Updated: June 6, 2023 at 12:49 PM