Galleries and Buildings
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
- 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.