National Mining Museum
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The buildings

The reception building is located in the former engine shed of Walert mine built about 1900. It now houses the museum's reception area, the main exhibition, a small shop and a multipurpose room used for temporary exhibitions.

The Brasserie du Musée. The building that now houses the museum's restaurant was built before 1900 as offices for the John Cockerill Company. The restaurant offers a selection of Luxembourg and French cuisine as well as its specialty, the "gamelle du mineur".

The « Maschinneschapp ». This 1908 -built engine shed also housed the forge and some lodgings and belonged to the Rembour mine. It is now used by the museum's administration and archives as well as a workshop for the two visitor trains.

The Gonner offices, a former office for the operations of the local mine owner Nicolas Gonner was later rebuilt into workers' housing. The museum plans to use it for the future part of the exhibition on the miners' social life.

The Metz powder magazine from the beginning of the 20th century is the only one of the museum's three powder magazines to be located above ground. It is scheduled to be restored shortly.

The ore chute was used to transship the ore form the mine cars to the freight cars of the standard gauge railway, and the wood for the pit props in the reverse direction. It is no longer operational as the track has been removed and part of it now serves as the museum's car park.

The underground tunnels

The National Mining Museum uses tunnels that belonged to the "Kirchberg", "Walert" and "Langengrund" mines, which were all interconnected. The mine train travels on a circuit through the main tunnels dug between the 1880s and the 1920s. In addition, the visitor can walk through side tunnels from the 1910s to the 1950s during the guided tour.

Tools and machinery from several Luxembourg and Lorraine (F) mines are shown in situ in the side tunnels reconverted into a museum. They span the entire period of mining in the region, from the beginnings in about 1870 to the closure of the last Lorraine (F) mine in 1997.

The National Mining Museum is also tasked with the study and preservation of the remnants of several electric substations and two powder magazines located outside the normal tour circuit. A visit of these places is not yet possible at the moment.

Open pit operations

Several rock faces of former opencast mines from the 1930s to the 1950s are still to be seen on the museum site. They offer an informative insight into the different ore layers and the depth of the ore body.