Muses des Techniques

Mining museum
 70250 Ronchamp

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Mining museum

Our mining past
Mining began in Ronchamp in the mid-18th century and, at that time, was only an additional means of ressource for a mostly farming population. In 1875, the mining industry employed 1500 people and produced 200,000 tonnes of coal per year.

The site in Ronchamp, property of the French Coal Board after 1945, faced difficult mining conditions, and it was permanently closed in 1958, leaving few remains. In 1900, the Arthur de Buyer shaft was the deepest in France (1008 m) and was the miners' pride and joy.

Now taken over by vegetation, the shaft remains a symbol of this mighty industry, a true brick ''cathedral'' whose chimney still towers over the valley below.
The head frame of Saint Mary's mines located along the road leading to Le Corbusier's Chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Haut still remains.

The museum evokes the working and social life of the coal miner with a complete collection of tools, lamps and everyday objects. Special emphasis is made on silicosis, a disease which often inflicted miners.
Musée de la mine
33 place de la mairie - 70 250 RONCHAMP
Tel. 00 33 (0)3 84 20 70 50
Opening times
From november to march :
from tuesday to saturday : 1.30pm to 5.30pm
From April to october :
from tuesday to friday : 10am to midday and 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Saturday and Sunday : 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
Group visits by appointment
Nearby places to visit
  • Le Corbusier's Chapel,
  • Museum of distillery and local history in Fougerolles,
  • Etueffont Ironworks Museum,
  • Southern Vosges Mountain.
Entrance fees
  • Adult : 3,5 Euros
  • 10 to 16 years : 1.50 Euros
  • Less than 10 years: free

From 10 people
  • Adult : 2.30 Euros
  • School : 2.30 Euros