In the footsteps of the underground miners

Exactly 30 years ago the Delloye pit - listed as a Historic Monument – was chosen to house the Mining History Centre. This extraordinary mining museum, the largest in France, explores three centuries of mining via its large-scale thematic exhibitions. It was once a real working pit, and this brings the venture of coalmining alive for new generations, who can explore the buildings and visit numerous temporary exhibitions.

At the heart of the mine

When visiting the Delloye pit you can go to the bathroom (or hanging room) where the miners used to hang up their clothes before putting their overalls on, the lamp room, or else the stables, and then plunge into the heart of the mine.

The lift stops at level -480. There is not the faintest shaft of natural light, and the galleries stretch out as far as the eye can see. Welcome to the heart of the mine! Luckily nobody nowadays will ask you to extract a ton of coal a day before being allowed back up into the fresh air. After this experience children and adults alike will better appreciate the conditions miners worked in.

Meeting the miners

The person best placed to teach you about life in and around the mine is of course a miner. How does one become a miner? What are the dangers in a mine? What did miners do after work? The Lewarde Mining History Centre provides answers to these questions by organising encounters, which are a poignant but rewarding experience for both the visitors and the guides, who gave a fascinating explanation of what it was like to work as a miner. 

Practical information

Delloye pit, Erchin - Lewarde Road - Tel. +33 (0)3 27 958 282 - www.chm-lewarde.com

Opening times

From 15 November to 22 February (closed on 1 and 31 January)

  • From Monday to Saturday, from 1 PM to 5 PM
  • Sundays, the school holidays, and bank holidays: 10 AM to 5 PM (the museum shuts around 7 PM)

From 1 March to 14 November : every day from 9 AM to 5:30 PM (the museum shuts around 7:30 PM)

Rates

Entrance to site + exhibitions + guided visit + meet a miner:

  • Adults: €14
  • Children: €7.90

Entrance to site + exhibitions + guided visit:

  • Adults: €12.50
  • Children: €6.40

Available for children between 5 and 18 years of age, students, handicapped people + 1 accompanying person, jobseekers, and families with three or more children on presenting the relevant supporting documentation.