Mining Museum of the Basque Country

The Asociación Cultural Meuseo Minero (Cultural Association for the Mining Museum) was established in 1986 as mining was finally coming to an end, and opened the museum in 2001. Its headquarters is in an old slaughterhouse near a vast open-cast pit, Corta Concha II, from which siderite (iron carbonate) was extracted from the 1970s until its closure in 1993. The museum holds collections of tools, machines, oil lamps, dented helmets, miners’ footwear, drills and surveying equipment, together with several locomotives. It also holds documents relating to mining and a collection of minerals. Guidance is provided to the monuments of the mining industry, open-cast pits, calcining kilns, ore-washing equipment and ropeways. The museum encourages research into mining operations and mining culture, and operates a children’s section where painting, crafts and other activities are encouraged.

Mining Museum of the Basque Country
Museo de la Minería del País Vasco
Barrio Campodiego s/n
48500 Abanto-Zierbena
+34 (0) 94 - 6363682

Recommended duration of visit:1 Hours
Duration of a guided tour:60 Minutes
Access for persons with disabilities:For details see website
Infrastructure for children:

Tuesday - Friday 9am-2pm, 4pm-7pm
Saturday 11am-2pm, 4pm- 7pm
Sunday 11am-2.30pm

  • Guided tours optional
  • Tours in other languages