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S. Joao da Madeira | Portugal
Industry is very important in S. Joao da Madeira. And, more recently, industrial history as well. This combination makes the city and its surroundings an exciting destination for fans of industrial heritage. The visitor center in the tower of the former sewing machine plant Oliva offers information ...
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Turismo Industrial
Rua Oliveira Junior nº 591
3700-204 S. Joao da Madeira, Portugal

Vila Nova de Famalicão | Portugal
The very appearance of the repair and maintenance sheds, dating back to the 19th century and forming the framework of the museum, hints to a precious relic of Portuguese railroad history. The train depot sits right next to the station of Lousado and is home to a collection that offers railway ...
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National Railway Museum at Lousado
Museu Nacional Ferroviário – Núcleo do Lousado
Largo da Estação - Lousado
4760-623 Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

The "Sistine Chapel" of mining heritage lies 50 metres below the surface of Almadén: the gallery of San Andrés. Visitors of the Mining Park are able to reach it by taking a miner's cage down into the former cinnabar mine of the village. Tunnels and drifts that are centuries old lead them to a huge ...
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Almadén Mining Park World Heritage Site
Parque Minero de Almadén
Cerco San Teodoro
13400 Almadén, Spain

Balmaseda | Spain
Rushing transmission belts, buzzing yarn reels, the rattling of the mechanical looms – it was that kind of noise that used to shape the everyday life of the Basque textile mill La Encartada near Bilbao for 100 years. Luckily, almost the entire equipment, predominantly dating to the decades around ...
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La Encartada Fabrika-Museoa
El Peñueco 11
48800 Balmaseda, Spain

Cornellà de Llobregat | Spain
The Cornellà Central Pumping Station has been providing the city of Barcelona with groundwater from a depth of around 35 metres since 1909. So much tradition is binding: hence the beautiful, ornate brick building, designed by the Catalan architect Amargós i Samaranch, now houses an industrial ...
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Museu Agbar de les Aigües
Museu Agbar de les Aigües
Ctra. de St. Boi, 4-6
08940 Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain

Gijón | Spain
Which engineer's design is that locomotive? Who were the workers who built it? Which driver handled it, and what people and goods did it carry? Questions like that make the Asturias Railway Museum such an exciting experience. Thus, any of the 140 rolling stock – including sixteen steam locomotives, ...
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Asturian Railway Museum
Museo del Ferrocarril de Asturias
Plaza Estación del Norte s/n
33212 Gijón, Spain

Minas de Riotinto Huelva | Spain
5,000 years of mining history, Europe's largest open cast mine, and a piece of Great Britain right in the middle of Andalusia – the Parque de Minero de Riotinto is not at all short of attractions. The enormous scale of the open pit Corta Atalaya - 350 m deep, and 1,200 m X 900 m in extent - ...
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Riotinto Mining Park
Parque Minero de Riotinto
Plaza del Museo s/n
21660 Minas de Riotinto, Spain

A large nave with pointed arches in masonry work, bathed in light and flanked by two lower aisles: doesn’t that look like a church at first sight? Not at all church-like, however, is the heavy machinery scattered all over the place, including the first steam engines of the northern Spanish province ...
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Museum of the Iron and Steel Industry and Mining of Castilla and León
Museo de la Siderurgia y la Mineria de Castilla y Leon (MSM)
Plaza de San Blas 1
24810 Sabero, Spain

San Martín del Rey Aurelio | Spain
How does it feel to be a miner? In Pozo Sotón, visitors can find the answer in a literally up close manner, since the guided tour through the underground galleries is a sweaty experience and requires a good physical condition. The trip starts with putting on the right dress: change of underwear, ...
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Pozo Soton Mine
Linares, AS-17
33950 San Martín del Rey Aurelio, Spain

The most eye-catching feature of the Vapor Aymerich, Amat i Jover in Terrassa near Barcelona is doubtless its unique roof. It consists of row upon row of 161 shell-shaped half arches, each with gently curving windows like stylised crests of waves. At first sight the building, designed by the Catalan ...
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Catalonian Museum of Science and Industry
Museu nacional de la Ciéncia i de la Tècnica de Catalunya (mNACTEC)
Rambla d’Ègara 270
08221 Terrassa, Spain

The Galician museum of the sea is located in the former canning factory, Alcabre-Molino de Viento, built in 1887 on the sea shore at Punta de Muriño. It was imaginatively rebuilt for the museum in the early years of the twenty first century. The main sections deal with fisheries and the scientific ...
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Galician Museum of the Sea
Museo do Mar de Galicia
160 Avenida Atlántica
36208 Vigo, Spain

The contrast could not be greater, hamlets and small villages bordering idyllic lakes, set within an expanse of woodland. Then, suddenly a red gorge appears: The Falun Mine. Once the world’s largest copper mine and today the heart of a unique historic industrial landscape, which was designated by ...
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Falun Mine, World Heritage
Falu Gruva
Gruvgatan 44
791 61 Falun, Sweden

In the age of the cell phone almost every place on earth can be reached within seconds. That said, less than 100 years ago wireless communication demanded gigantic technical equipment. The clearest example of this is the radio station in Grimeton near Varberg that was built in 1924 on the southwest ...
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World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station
Radiostationen 72
432 98 Grimeton, Sweden

Norrköping | Sweden
Walking the streets of Norrköping is like a promenade through 400 years of industrial history. The town centre is literally scattered with former factories. Most of them were built between 1850 and 1920 to produce fabrics. One of them, once a cotton mill, nowadays hosts the Museum of Work. Because ...
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Museum of Work
Arbetets museum
Laxholmen
602 21 Norrköping, Sweden

Broad daylight pours in through large-scale arched windows, illuminating a hall that proudly presents itself as a cathedral of technology. The control desks appear to be altars, some of them as large as cupboards, others arranged in a semi-circle as if imitating a sacred choir. From here the eyes ...
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santralistanbul Museum of Energy
Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santrali
Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2 Eyüp
34060 Istanbul, Turkey

Barnsley | United Kingdom
There was heavy industry in Elsecar from the early 18th century. Elsecar and the adjacent villages were packed with collieries, ironworks, and other industrial concerns, playing a critical role in the economic development of the region. Like many villages in the area, it was for many years a ...
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Elsecar Heritage Centre
Wath Road Elsecar
S74 8HJ Barnsley, United Kingdom

Birmingham | United Kingdom
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a perfectly preserved workshop offering a unique glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. For more than 80 years, the firm of Smith & Pepper produced jewellery from this workshop. Explore this extraordinary time capsule on a lively ...
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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
75-80 Vyse Street Hockley
B18 6HA Birmingham, United Kingdom

Crowd of visitors in coal mine
A small town – with a huge effect. The South Wales town of Blaenavon was once the spearhead of the industrial revolution. For 200 years everything revolved around coal and iron here in the Afon Lwyd Valley. This not only affected the landscape. It also affected the people. To such an extent that ...
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Big Pit: National Coal Museum World Heritage Site
NP4 9XP Blaenavon, United Kingdom

Cromford | United Kingdom
The first modern factory in history was built in Cromford in the Derwent valley, not far from Nottingham. The Derwent is anything but a fast-flowing river. That said it flows quickly enough to be able to drive waterwheels. Richard Arkwright, a former wigmaker, recognised this fact and promptly ...
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Cromford Mills World Heritage Site
Cromford Mill
DE4 3RQ Cromford, United Kingdom

Dudley | United Kingdom
It could hardly be easier to step back in time. Visitors just need to get on the tram, and take it in to town. While strolling around the shops, they can watch the children whipping their spinning-tops in the street. In order to learn more about the wares in the historic shop windows it only takes ...
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Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road
DY1 4SQ Dudley, United Kingdom

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