Welcome to National Mining Museum Scotland

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    Our Collection

    The Museum’s object collection includes over 60,000 tools, safety equipment, lamps, models, clothing, trophies, geological specimens,...
    Grown ups and children having fun learning about mining

    Learning Zone

    Access for learning is important to us at the National Mining Museum Scotland. Coal, coal mining and the coal cultural heritage of...
    Victorian event at the museum

    Museum Events

    The National Mining Museum Scotland runs a fantastic programme of special events throughout the year which include Victorian themed...
  • Women sorting coal

    Our Community

    Find out more about the Museum community, become a member or volunteer and be part of the museum life!
    Children with miner's helmets on

    Kids Zone

    At the National Mining Museum you will see what life was like working in a cramped, dark and cold pit. Have a look at our Kids Pages to...
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    The Old Power House at the National Mining Museum Scotland is a unique venue for your event. With its high Victorian arched windows,...

Remembering Michael

Fifty years since The Michael Colliery Fire by Jillian Galbraith, NMMS Volunteer On the morning of 9th September, 1967, many mining families in the area of East Wemyss, Fife must...

Volunteer Friendly Award

We’re delighted to have won the Volunteer Friendly Award at Volunteer Midlothian’s annual Awards Ceremony at Newbattle Abbey College last week! We have a fantastic...

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  • School Trip

    We just wanted to say thank you for making our trip to the mining museum yesterday so special! You could not have been more helpful and accommodating to us and our filming! The guides were so knowledgeable and the children learnt a lot and also the man on the front desk was very welcoming and helpful!
  • Sheer Class

    We saw many of the original pithead buildings, lifts, gantries, equipment etc used in the mine which you walk through during the tour making the whole experience absolutely real. The accompanying commentary on the live tours is given by ex-miners who had actually been down the pits all their working lives (John Kane in our case) which is a startlingly effective way of bringing home the human element involved in mining - oral history in perfect action - and all this is backed up by a really excellent traditional modern museum display which can be seen before or after the tour. This really was sheer class and the highlight of our week in Edinburgh!
  • Fabulous!

    I don't normally send emails for matters like this but I felt I had to tell you what amazing staff you have. From the receptionists to the tour guides, they were fantastic. We had a tour from the lovely Tom Young and spoke with John Anderson in great length after our tour. These gentlemen were FABULOUS with us all!!!! Their knowledge and their telling of stories really made it all feel real.... My sons were engrossed the whole way round. They both took time with us and really made the day.

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