La Mine Wendel

Presentation of La Mine Wendel

La Mine Wendel. © Musée Les Mineurs Wendel

La Mine Wendel is the only mining site in France to present the coal mining techniques used up until the last French mine (La Houve) closed in 2004.

From the outside La Mine Wendel takes the shape of a large open red book, symbolising the mine’s history. Inside, visitors can discover miners’ underground world, beginning in pitch darkness by crossing a fluorescent model displaying the underground area mined from the Wendel headquarters.

The visitor then takes a ride in a cage, the mode of transport used by all miners to journey down into the mine and reach their place of work. Saint Barbara, the patron saint of miners, is waiting to greet visitors before they enter the tunnels.

Visitors head through a series of rock and coal excavation tunnels, then to the flat (less than 20° incline), moderately dipping (30° to 45° incline) and dipping mining veins where they will discover equipment in real-life working situations (AM 100 heading machine, G210 electro-hydraulic loader, Electra 2000 shearer, ANF winning machine roof supports etc.).

The visit ends with a 3D film retracing the working day of a miner underground.

Guided tour

Visite guidée de la Mine Wendel. © Musée Les Mineurs Wendel

Visitors are guided around La Mine Wendel by a former miner who describes the different mining techniques and shares anecdotes on life and work underground in the mine.

Individuals are informed of the tour start times (lasting two hours) when they collect their tickets from the museum reception, without needing to book.

Groups and individuals paying a supplement can book a guided tour in advance by contacting the museum (Contact and booking | Opening hours and prices).

All tours are suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Educational activities