Primary school activities

Educational workshop

Coal, fossil energy

Observation de carottes de sondage et identification des roches. © Musée Les Mineurs Wendel

  • Audience: upper primary
  • Method: half class groups, maximum 15 students
  • Location: in workshop
  • Duration: 90 min


A cultural mediator helps students to collect materials recovered from a slag heap. Returning to a ‘mini laboratory’, the students are helped to identify different rocks using observation. If they are lucky they may find fragments of plants!

To finish, they will be given access to a collection of fossils dating from the Carboniferous period!

Educational kit coming soon

Visit to La Mine Wendel

Arrêt n° 2 de la visite pour les écoles primaires : le travail du géomètre. © Musée Les Mineurs Wendel

The six trades of the mine

  • Audience: upper primary
  • Method: half class groups, maximum 15 students
  • Location: La Mine Wendel
  • Duration: 90 min


A guide will introduce the different mine trades to students, transformed for the occasion into apprentices equipped with helmets (blaster, surveyor, engineer, coal cutter, timberer, rescuer).

Across a number of sites, the children are in turn encouraged to get involved and get to know their tools to better discover their ‘work’, helping them to gradually understand some of the aspects of Lorraine miners’ expertise and a few key stages in the coal mining process.

Each student will leave with a booklet explaining ‘their’ trade, designed to serve as a memento of the visit and enable learning to continue in the classroom.

Educational kit coming soon

Visit to the Musée Les Mineurs Wendel

Salle d’exposition dédiée à la vie quotidienne du mineur. © Musée Les Mineurs Wendel

‘From the recent to the distant past’

Discovery path under preparation. Visit the new areas of the Musée Les Mineurs Wendel. For lower primary.

Pit head path

Découverte du carreau de mine. © Musée Les Mineurs Wendel

‘Orientation path’

Under preparation. Discover the buildings that make up a pit head. For upper and lower primary.

Meet and greet

Visit to mining communities

Coming soon

Practical information