The Experience

Welcome to our overground experience.

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Explore Caphouse, a modern colliery which witnessed more than two hundred years of coal production. 

Hear stories directly from former-miners about their careers and understand the roles men, women, children, animals and machinery played in the operation of the mine.

Visit the Technology Gallery and see some of the tools of the trade to discover how miners overcame the challenges of working underground including a new permanent exhibition “A Light in the Darkness” which looks at the contribution that Sir Humphry Davy and others made in the lamp’s evolution.

In the Victorian Gallery you can experience how difficult mining was in the 19th century and why they realised it wasn’t appropriate to have children working underground. 

See our historic steam-winding engine which pulled miners and coal from 140m underground before taking a trip to the stables to meet our horse and ponies.

Find out where miners would start and end their days and how they would get paid in the Pithead Baths.

Explore acres of woodland, spotting plants and  wildlife and find out how the excess water from the mine is cleaned and pumped back into a local river.

Let off some steam in our Adventure Playground.

In Mining Lives you can find out about the people and communities at the heart of the industry

Our new special exhibition “Drawn from the Pits”, exploring how working in the mine influenced the work of a group of eminent mining artists.

Visitors are encouraged to return at a later date to experience the Underground ToursSoft Play AreaHope Pit and the Library

Please wear face masks or coverings in all the indoor parts of the museum, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff. 

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