Peak District Lead Mining Museum
Find out about the lead mining heritage of Derbyshire from Roman Times to the present. Interactive exhibits, mock tunnels and shafts to climb, moving models. The new Matlock Bath Through Time exhibition tells the story of a village that was one of the top Georgian Spas in the country. Then visit Temple Mine and find out what it was really like working underground followed by a try at gold panning.
Experience the fascinating history of the Derbyshire lead mining industry, and of the many families who made their living from this gruelling work. The Museum has something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.
The Peak District Lead Mining Museum houses thousands of items, relics of the lost lead industry, which are explained and interpreted in an imaginative and thought-provoking exhibition. These include hundreds of rock and mineral specimens from around the world. Interactive exhibits and climbing tunnels, provide something for the young and the young at heart.
Our Top 3 Exhibits
The Wills Founder Water Pressure Engine
This massive pumping engine is the centre-piece of the Peak District Lead Mining museum. It was built in Coalbrookdale in 1819, a feat of engineering, and resourcefully used the pressure created by falling water to pump water from deep underground.
Climbing and crawling tunnels
The three mock-mine tunnels in the museum are favourites for many of our visitors, of all ages!
The Howie Mineral Collection
Professor Howie donated over 3000 mineral specimens from around the world to the museum, which had been collected throughout his lifetime. A large selection of these are on display. We do not have space to display them all!
£20 (2A and 3C) Suitable for all ages.