On 22 April 2016, the National Mining Museum in Rumelange inaugurated its permanent exhibition. With this visitor space, the museum has given itself a powerful museum tool to welcome them, before they embark on the steps of the miners from the past and enter the subterranean galeries.
Indeed, the museum is laid out around a former iron ore mine in the Luxembourg mining district, also called the 'Minette'. The entire site honours the miners who used to extract iron ore from the subterranean galeries and caverns under very hard working conditions, often risking their lives to do so. This work done by thousands of miners is not only one of the foundations of Luxembourg's current wealth. It as also an important part of collective memory, and even of a collective identity for some.
In Rumelange, it is especially the visit of the mine itself which is at the centre of the museum. With mining trains, visitors enter the galeries dug between 1880 and 1920, and explore the sites of mining operations from the 1930s to the 1950s on foot. The museum's volunteers used period tools and equipment from the mining operations in an effort to reenact the working conditions – an unforgettable experience.
With the opening of a new museum space in the former engine shed, the people responsible for the National Mining Museum improve the thematic taking in charge of visitors. The space is divided into 5 thematic segments, which treat the history of the steel industry in Luxembourg, the mine and its natural environment, work in the mines, the technology and the miners.
The museum is open from 1 April until the end of June from Thursday to Sunday, and in July and August from Tuesday to Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The first guided tour starts at 2.30 p.m., the last at 4.30 p.m.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu/ Source: National Mining Museum)