Basque Mining Museum
A journey through the history of mining in the Basque Country
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Founded in 1986 by volunteers, the Basque Mining Museum’s main goal is to show first-hand how the mines worked and shaped communities. It’s aimed at the general public as well as at scholars and professionals, with its great collection of mining artefacts.
The museum sits right on where Concha open-pit mine was – a precious legacy that has been named a national heritage site. On top of it there once stood the town of Gallarta, which had to be demolished and moved to a nearby location so that the mineral riches lying underneath could be exploited. The place, as used to be the case in industrial towns, endured social and labour unrest at the turn of the 20th century.
The museum's staff will gladly answer these and any other questions about the long mining history of the Basque Country.
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Bº Campodiego, s/n
48500 ABANTO-ZIERBENA (Bizkaia)
Phone: (+34) 946 363 682
Schedule / Notes
❱ From Tuesday to Friday:
9 am to 2 pm; and 4 pm to 7 pm (From June 15 to September 15, the museum will be open until 8 pm).
❱ Saturdays and public holidays:
11 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm (From June 15 to September 15, the museum will be open until 8 pm).
11 am to 2:30 pm.
❱ Closed: Mondays, 1st and 6th of January and 25th of December.
Services / Extra information
❱ Guided tours by reservation every days.
❱ Audio guides.
❱ Workshops and education activities.
❱ Shoop and library.