Galleries and Buildings

The National Coal Mining Museum was formed from 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.

These buildings have been lovingly restored and adapted to enable us to tell the stories of the coal industry and the people who worked in it.

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

  • 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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