Join us in a train trip to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais to experience what life was like for the coal miners in Zola’s Germinal! Well, truly, what it was like for the hundreds of thousands who, over nearly three centuries, labored to bring forth coal from the earth.
The region’s mines closed in 1990. It is now a World Heritage Site. After a geological voyage through time to show how coal is formed, the Mining History Center provides a fascinating and unique experience.
Don a miner’s hat and descend into a real mine to explore its tunnels and engine rooms.
Then, the exhibit “Life in a Mining Village” examines the daily life of a miner and his family: leisure, health, living conditions, etc.
Finally, in “The Three Ages of the Mine”, models of mining sites show how the industrial and technical landscape evolved during 270 years of mining in Nord-Pas de Calais.