National Mining Museum Scotland

National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange: Hours, Address, National Mining Museum Scotland Reviews: 4.5/5

National Mining Museum Scotland

National Mining Museum Scotland
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The National Mining Museum Scotland, a 5 Star visitor attraction and twice winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions "Best Visitor Experience" Award. We're based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe. Visitors to the museum will marvel at the sheer size of the place, be astounded by the engineering brilliance behind all the machinery and retrace the footsteps of the thousands of miners. What should you expect: Following Scottish Government advice we are currently unable to offer guided tours. However, we have developed a digital app which can be downloaded to your mobile device and used at kep points around the site. Our tour guides will still be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Please book your timeslot in advance. https://national-mining-museum-scotland.arttickets.org.uk/
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Jacqueline A
Dalkeith, UK2 contributions
Tommy's tour
Nov 2020 • Family
Tom was fantastic, very knowledge, kept the attention of the group with an age range between 8-80. It was informative, humorous and very enjoyable.
Written 23 November 2020
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Michael D
Lancaster UK24 contributions
Still good but the displays are beginning to date
Nov 2020
Good explanation of the Scottish mining industry and the access to the old buildings in all their chilly scruffiness is the best bit. The museum was probably state of the art 15 years ago and it still works fine but some of the displays and the audio tracks are beginning to look a little dated. I’d have liked a bit more explanation on the decline of the industry - why and what happened to the miners and mining villages afterwards, and they could make more of the nearby model village which is a fascinating walk around. I think younger visitors might be surprised that there is no mention of the contribution of fossil fuels to climate change.
Written 15 November 2020
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Charlotte
Glasgow, UK36 contributions
Cannot recommend highly enough
Nov 2020 • Couples
Whilst very carefully adhering to all social distancing and COVID19 measures, this museum was still able to be a truly fascinating and enjoyable afternoon out, and we had a great time. You have to book in advance but the time slot is long enough to see everything and have a good look around. There is a warm welcome and the cafe and shop has some lovely things for sale. My partner had a coffee and a cake and both were very good (and he is a coffee snob!). The guides are unfortunately not allowed to accompany the visitors to do a complete tour of the pit head (due to social distancing) but are stationed around the route (which you walk by following the arrows) and we found all of them friendly and informative. There are a lot of ex miners on the staff and they have some amazing stories to tell, as well as being able to answer any questions raised by the exhibits or site. Everyone there is obviously very passionate about the mine and communicating that love to you, which is really lovely to see and experience. There are two full floors of very thorough and interesting museum exhibitions (past, present and future of coal, mining, historical objects, accounts and information on the individual site itself), as well as a tour of the pit head. The engine room is also worth sticking your head into -it sadly isn’t running during COVID but we plan to come back again when it is as it looks to be well worth it! Everyone we met really wanted to make sure we had a great time, we did and this really is a great museum. Go and enjoy!
Written 9 November 2020
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kev121182
5 contributions
A gem of a story
Oct 2020 • Family
Stumbled s upon this by chance and went to give it a go. I'm so pleased we did. What a fantastic place brought to life by Andrew and John the 2 miners who's s passion made the trip. It was breathtaking insight into the workings and life of miners and the mine from the artefacts and stories to the dark cold mucky equipment and workings. Highly recommend a visit
Written 28 October 2020
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Cathy
1 contribution
Great experience
Sep 2020
We visited the museum yesterday for the first time. It was great. Due to Covid we weren't able to have a tour with a guide so we wandered around on our own. There is a lot of information which gives a real insight into the history of mining and the lives of the miners and their families. We came away much better informed. This is a place I will visit again.
Written 17 September 2020
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JPWhelan
Cardiff, UK72 contributions
Warm welcome & fascinating tour
Sep 2020 • Couples
This place is great ! Very Covid secure in terms of one way systems and hand sanitiser etc. A fascinating museum, really well laid out and organised. They aren’t running tours currently due to Covid, however it was quiet when we visited and there were the guides (all ex miners) who happily answered questions. They seemed genuinely passionate about the history of the site and the experience of working there, and really added to the experience. There’s a lovely little cafe on site too, albeit with relatively limited seating due to the Covid social distancing requirements. The staff are all friendly and so helpful. We spent a couple of hours there yesterday and really enjoyed every minute.
Written 12 September 2020
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Catharine T
80 contributions
Reasonable day out, limited by covid
Aug 2020 • Family
Due to covid I regret giving a lower score than I think they would normally get. The tour is now self guided with specific meeting points for tour guide interaction. Plus audio guides on the phone. The 2 gentleman who talked to us were friendly and knowledgeable. The gallery of images was informative. Not all the exhibits were open due to covid. I wish we could have done more with the actual tunnels and coal face. The picking and sorting was restricted again but interesting. The random art exhibits were very odd. They are doing there best to keep going and it was still a pleasant afternoon. The kids pack looked good for elder children. Finding the cats was an excellent addition for little ones.
Written 31 August 2020
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Thank you for your honest review. We're sorry your experience didn't live up to your expectations at this time. The art work you mention is an installation by students from Edinburgh College of Art, made in response to the context of the colliery. We do hope you will come back again when the restrictions are lifted to fully enjoy the experience.
Written 11 September 2020
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Michael M
4 contributions
Covid visit
Aug 2020 • Family
Booked into visit while we where on holiday from England. Really great museum lots of great Covid safe measures in place. The tour guides and staff are really helpful and friendly and the guided tour on your phone is brilliant. Would highly recommend this attraction.
Written 28 August 2020
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John D
Blantyre, UK8 contributions
Great Day Out
Aug 2020 • Family
As an ex miner this brought back lots of great memories and despite the current situation the staff were great and the guide was very knowledgeable about mining and local history
Written 23 August 2020
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Chillin2812
Corfu, Greece21 contributions
An Insight into Mining
Mar 2020
James took us on a tour of the pit head and the simulated coal face. Being an ex-miner he knew the dangers of working underground and the safety measures and equipment developed over the years to improve conditions. The exhibitions were well set out with many interesting relics and interactive models which I’m sure would retain a child’s attention. Although we didn’t buy anything we thought the gift shop was well stocked with high quality souvineers.
Written 13 March 2020
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