Welcome to the wendel mine

The Wendel Mine is the only French mining site to present the techniques used in coal mining until the last French mine was closed in 2004 (La Houve).


The Mine, an open-air building

From the outside, The Wendel Mine has the appearance of a large red open book that symbolizes the history of the mine.


A life-sized mine

Inside, discovering the miners’ underground universe starts with a fluorescent model showing the basement used from the Wendel Headquarters. 

The visitor then enters a cage, an essential passage for miners to get to the bottom of the mine and return to their workplace. Then Saint Barbara, the patron saint of miners, welcomes visitors before they enter the galleries. 

Then follow the rock and coal digging galleries, then the mining sites in horizontal coal seams (inclination of less than 20°), slightly-sloping seams (inclination between 30° and 45°) and sloping seams.


Real machines brought up from underground

The visitor discovers equipment in situation (AM 100 digging machine, electrohydraulic loader G210, Electra 2000 cutting machine, large opening support tails, ANF roadheading machine…).

The tour ends with a film showing a miner’s work day underground.

tenue vestimentaire du mineur allemand

The guided tour

Visitors go on a guided tour through the Wendel Mine with a former miner who discusses the different mining techniques and shares stories about working and living underground in the mine.

For individuals, the departure times for the tours are announced when tickets are purchased at the museum reception desk (duration 2 hours), no booking is required.

For groups and individuals, for an additional charge, it is also possible to book a guided tour in advance by contacting the museum.

The entire route is suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Educational activities at the museum

Since October 2010, the Wendel Miners Museum has been offering new educational activities adapted to the various school levels (primary, secondary, high school) and in line with the national education programmes.


All bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance. For organisational reasons, groups are required to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the booked tour in order to carry out the administrative formalities..

Schedules and prices

TheWendel Miners Museumis open all year round,TuesdaystoSundaysfrom 10am to 6pm.

Exceptional closing dates:

  • 1 January
  • 1 may
  • 24-25-26 and 31 December.

Information and booking:
By phone. +33 (0) 3 87 87 87 08 54
or by email: