Housed in the wonderfully restored Lady Victoria Colliery, the finest surviving Victorian colliery in Europe, National Mining Museum Scotland tells the story of coal for Scotland.  Through two floors of exhibitions, interactives and tours, visitors can retrace the footsteps of thousands of miners and their families who relied on the colliery to make a living.

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Permanent Exhibitions

Take a step back in time in The Story of Coal Exhibition to learn about coal's creation in the Carboniferous period 360 million years ago, then follow human efforts to extract it from the earth from the 13th century to modern times. In our A Race Apart Exhibition experience what life was like for the miners and their families in Scotland's mining communities.  Dress up as a Victorian and help out with the laundry! In the Green Zone, explore engineering and energy like a scientist!

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A tour of the pithead, recreated underground roadway and coalface with an ex-miner guide give the atmosphere and noise of a working pit - an experience which instantly makes you glad you're not a miner! Alternatively, you can explore the colliery through a 16 stop audio tour, a multimedia guide downloaded onto your own device via QR code. Our tour guides will be available on the route to take questions and provide additional information.

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There are lots of fun activities for families at the museum including our Find the Colliery Cats activity, Victorian Wash Day and dress up, Maths for Miners trail, interactive Green Zone, outdoor park and picnic areas as well as a programme of fun and education events which run throughout the year.

New for 2023 – the Green Zone! Family friendly, fun, interactive zone to explore energy and engineering.

Please allow around 2-3 hours for your visit and make sure you wrap up warm as some areas of the colliery are exposed to the elements!

We look forward to welcoming you soon!