Museum Reopening Survey!

We have designed a survey to help us understand what we need to do to provide you with a safe and enjoyable visit when we reopen! As soon as we can confirm our dates for reopening, we will share these with you on the website. Link to the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NN3PV93 Please take a moment to complete this survey. It will take around 4 minutes. Thank you for your support.  

Learning at Home – New Page on Our Website

While the Museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are still here to help your children/young people's learning journey at home! We've created fun fact sheets and hands-on activities which you can complete using the resources you have at home. Our three resource packs are based on popular topics and great news - complete any topic and you can earn your own Mine of Information Certificate from us! In addition, complete a resource and leave us your feedback for a chance to...

Museum Closure

In response to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and following the guidance from the Government we have made the decision to close the museum to the public until further notice. We will continue to care, monitor and safeguard our collections through this period and communicate with the public through our social media channels and website. Many thanks for your understanding and continued support. Further information on the Coronavirus can be found on the Scottish Government...

Museum Closed 13-23rd March

National Mining Museum Scotland is to close from today (Fri 13th March) to Mon 23rd March at 10am. Although no member of staff has contracted Covid-19 it has become clear to the Museum that one of our visitors has had contact with a person who is suspected to have contracted Covid-19. Although no member of staff at the Museum is suffering from any symptoms which would indicate that they are suffering from Covid-19, the Museum have considered it prudent to close for a short time to allow the...

Coronavirus Statement

The National Mining Museum Scotland is following the guidance set out by the Scottish Government regarding the spread and effect of the coronavirus and as is monitoring the situation closely.  If there is a change in circumstances that could have an impact on our visitors or stakeholders we will keep you informed as soon as possible. -Ms Cross, Chief Executive Scottish Government advice and updates can be found on their website...

Museum Closure

Please note that due to emergency maintenance the Museum and cafe will be closed from Thursday 27th February until Monday, 2nd March.  We will re-open on Tuesday, 3rd March.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any queries please get in touch via our contact us page.


Please note that the museum and cafe will be closed all day on Monday 17th February for staff training.  We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Tourism businesses in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are embarking on a new marketing campaign designed to revolutionise the area's visitor economy. Launching today  (Wednesday 15th January) at National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange , Scotland Starts Here, a travel inspiration website (www.scotlandstartshere.com) has been created to raise the area's profile as a year-round tourism destination as well as encouraging more visitors to the Midlothian and the Scottish...

Working Lives in the Coal Mines

"Working Lives in the Coal Mines:  Mining History and Heritage" is a new 4 week course available online now. On this course, you’ll explore the history and heritage of British mining labour. You’ll discover the evolution of the role of coal-miners in the 19th century, the hardships they endured, and learn how mining has affected British industrial heritage today. Through online resources and museum archives, you’ll gain historical, literary and genealogical research skills,...
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