Galleries and Buildings


From 25th February to 5th April the galleries will be closed for refurbishment.

Therefore there will be limted access through these areas.

Our Curatorial team have been busy looking through the museum's stores and selected different items from the collections to go on display.

Come along and see out brand new galleries from 6th April.

You will find several galleries around the Museum site

  • The Mining Lives Gallery in the main building tells you about a miner's home and leisure life
  • The Coal Interface Gallery allows you to see how machinery was used to hew the coal
  • The 1842 Gallery talks about the time when women and children worked underground

The Museum is home to original colliery buildings and machinery

  • There were two neighbouring pits which now form part of the 45 acre Museum site - Hope Pit and Caphouse Colliery. Some of the buildings are over 130 years old

  • Marvel at the original pithead and see our 1876 steam winding engine house

  • Visit the pithead baths to see where the miners cleaned up at the end of a shift

  • See how injuries were treated in the medical centre

Special Exhibitions

  • The Museum holds one major Special Exhibition a year, and one Guest Exhibition each focusing on a different aspect of mining heritage.

  • You can also visit the Community Art Space which features the work of local artists.

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