Mining Museum

Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Barroca grande, Covilhã

General Information

The mining museum is located in the village of São Francisco de Assis, Barroca Grande.

The Mining Museum was built using an old Fuel Depot, which supplied the Engines of the Compressed Air Central.
Imitating the old Gasometer that used to light up the Mineiros, it is 16m high, 6.5m in diameter and weighs 20 tons.
Inside its 3 floors, old equipment and documentation are exposed.

It is in this place that more than a century of history of these great mines can be found.
From its viewpoint you will be able to see and photograph the entire industrial area and residential district.

Next to the museum you can visit an old gallery excavated by miners over a century ago.
In the mining auditorium, you can also watch a documentary about the use of wolfram.
The Panasqueira mines took their name from the place where mining began.

With more than a century of exploitation, these mines continue to be the main means of subsistence for the people of this region. Today, around 300 people still work and what is considered to be the best wolfram in the world is extracted.

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