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Exploring the Museum
Are you seeking new ways to engage and inspire your pupils? Do you want them to experience high-quality learning outside the classroom? A visit to the National Coal Mining Museum offers pupils a unique opportunity to see and feel at firsthand what life was like at the coalface and to find out about the communities that grew up around the Industry.
With a coal miner as their guide, pupils ride the cage 140 metres underground to visit authentic pit workings.
Explore Authentic Pit Buildings
The Museum has many original colliery buildings that are open to the public. Sights, sounds and smells combine to give each building its own unique atmosphere.
Galleries and Exhibitions
The galleries and exhibition spaces show the history of coal mining and coal-mining communities in England and provide an exciting learning experience with interactive audio-visual displays.
Hope Pit is a smaller, nineteenth-century mine complex on the main Museum site. The interactive displays and multimedia science exhibits explore science concepts through mining history and technology.
Explore the half-mile trail around the colliery site through mature, mixed woodland. The trail finishes at Hope Pit, where an innovative system of reed beds and settling ponds cleans the dirty water pumped from underground.