The Mine was one of our very first exhibitions and has always been one of the most popular attractions at the museum. Work is currently underway to fill the old subterranean walkways with new and exciting experiences, and we have also created a completely new area featuring modern mining environments and machines.
The new Mine will open on 18th February 2017.
The Mine is undergoing a major makeover – as well as being given a new appearance, realistic models of miners and atmospheric lighting, the old walkways are being filled with new surprises, special effects and other exciting features. There will also be an entirely new area with modern mining environments, where we can interact with simulators, games, explosives and powerful machines.
The cramped, dark mining passages take us on a journey through time, allowing us to explore what it was like to work underground in different periods of history.
In the new part of the exhibition, the story of mining continues to the present day, and we see how what was once a very dangerous place to work now has more in common with a modern workplace in an office building. We also get to meet the miners of today, detonate explosives, ride a bus deep underground, and try our hand at operating a drill and loading simulator.