School Visits

The Lady Victoria Colliery, home of the National Mining Museum Scotland, is one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe. Opened in 1895 it was Scotland’s first super-pit. Pupils will experience history like never before as they walk in the footsteps of thousands of miners at our four-acre, five-star awarded, site.

The below is a summary of a general visit to the Mining Museum. Please see our Workshop pages for additional activities for your class.

Guided Tours
Many of the pupils who visit us have never held a piece of coal let alone met a real miner. Good news – we offer both and much more! Take a guided tour with a real ex-miner, hear firsthand stories from down the Pits, learn what life was like as a miner and walk through history as you explore the Pithead and go down the mine!* The tour finishes with a demonstration of the most powerful steam winding engine in Scotland.


Booking Information:
Cost: £1 per pupil, one free adult for every 10 pupils and thereafter £8 per additional adult.
Duration: 75 Minutes
Group Size: 25 pupils per tour but we can
accommodate 50 pupils maximum.
For group sizes larger than 50 people additional charges may apply.

Notes: We do our best to accommodate all groups and can offer quiet tours, where machinery noise is turned off/muted, and the museum is wheelchair accessible.

*our underground experience is recreated.

Explore our Exhibitions

We host two floors of exhibitions which offer an incredible interdisciplinary learning journey for pupils of all ages.

The Story of Coal
Your experience starts with coal’s creation in the Carboniferous period and follows human efforts to extract coal from the earth from the 13th century to modern times. Pupils can interact with displays, meet some famous Scots and see how technology has developed over the centuries.


A Race Apart
Discover exactly what life was like, at home and at work, for the miners and their families in Scotland’s mining communities. The exhibition has emotive tales from the 1842 Royal Commission Report, which banned women and children from working underground, a Victorian home where children can experience laundry day and dress up as a Victorian and ends with the 1984-5 strike which saw the end of deep mining in Scotland.

Booking Information:
Cost: FREE (when booked with a Guided Tour)
Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Group Size: 75 pupils max

Notes: Additional resources include Object Spotter Sheets for Early Learners or a Quiz Sheet for Primary pupils.

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