Bituminous coal was mined in Penzberg until 1966. After the mine was closed, the former miners built a museum in memory of their work underground, where they also preserved a collection of original tools, documents and photographs that has grown over many years.
The municipality of Penzberg, which primarily owes its origin to coal and the mining of coal, assumed the role of sponsor for the museum, rebuilding it into a modern facility that was opened in the summer of 2013: Here, you can see true-to-life models of the tunnels where the miners worked – the core element of the exhibit – but also miner's toolkits, miners' trams, mine telephones, signal stations and a stable shaft from the mine. They all create a realistic picture of the working life underground.
You will also learn about the various stages in the development of coal mining – from mining by hand to fully automated operations. The collection also has original mine lamps, measuring devices, maps along with impressive photographs and contemporary documents. Models, media stations and film documents explain and show the working processes within the mine.
The audio guide transforms the visit to the mining museum into a memorable experience for children and adolescents and the simulated blasting works will light up their eyes.
Tues. to Thurs. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat., Sun. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Group tours with advance notice. Special opening hours on request.
Bergwerksmuseum (Mining Museum) of Penzberg
Telephone: +49 (0)8856 813-481 (administration)
Fax: +49 (0)8856 813-136