Mining Museum Oelsnitz / Ore Mountains

Pflockenstraße 28, 09376 Oelsnitz/ Erzgebirge

Tel. : +49 (0) 37298 93940

Fax : +49 (0) 37298 939449


Dig into the world of the miner: Driving through the shaft tower with panoramic view, travelling on faithfully recreated tracks and through cross passages and experience Saxony's largest twin steam engine in action.

Due to extensive renovation work and the renewal of the permanent exhibition, the museum will be closed until the end of April 2020.




  • mining-playground "Zwergenschacht": on this spectacular playground children can explore the work of the miners playfully
  • several offes for families: holiday programmes, children`s birthday parties, festivities for children, family days with different topics and much more is offered all year long
  • "black break": after the tour through the mine groups are offered a creative snack


Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:

  • Ticket office (door >90 cm) with WC for wheelchair users is accessible via 1 doorstep of 4 cm
  • WC for wheelchair users: Door 93 cm, 140x140 cm in front of and 130 cm beside the WC
  • Entrance (103 cm) to the museum via 1 step of 6 cm
  • Lift: Door 68 cm, circulation area: free turning space of 75x125 cm
  • 2 hire wheelchairs suitable for the lift
  • Stair lift to the pit head frame
  • Some slopes in the exhibition (16% gradient, 30 m length), an assistance is required

  • Tours for the blind and guests with learning impairments on request

Industrial Heritage

Heroes of Labour

The eventful German history left its mark on what is now the mining museum in Oelsnitz in the Ore Mountains. The museum is located in the imposing overground facilities of a shaft, which was last named after the Marxist Karl Liebknecht, born in 1871 in Leipzig and murdered in 1919, but previously named after Empress Augusta, wife of the first German Emperor. In the mining museum of Oelsnitz, once the most advanced coalmines in Germany, the rich history of the Saxon coal industry, which goes back to the mid-19th century and was of great importance for the industrialization of Saxony, becomes tangible. In the 400 m long walkable mine, heavy mining and excavation equipment rattle. Above ground, originally preserved scenes from mining history fascinate the visitors, ranging from the lamp room and the communal bath to the wages hall. This historical industrial architecture also features exhibitions, a “carbon forest” and various mining equipment. The visitor quickly realizes that the anthracite industry needed “Heroes of Labour”. The best-known winner of this GDR title was the miner Adolf Hennecke, who, in a well-prepared shift in October 1948, fulfilled 387% of the usual norm. In this way Hennecke drew the ire of the other miners, but he also received the National Prize of the GDR and in the end became a member of the Central Committee of the governing SED party.

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Accessibility Information

Access to the facility / moving inside the facility

Ramps with > 6% ascent are reported in the text

  • Door width min. 70 cm
    Entrance with max. one step or ramp


Operating elements with a height of > 115 cm are reported in the text

  • Door width min. 70 cm
    Access without steps (max. 3 cm) or with ramp
    Space inside elevator min. 80 x 110 cm

WC for wheelchair users

  • Door width min. 90 cm
    Access without steps (max. 3 cm) or with ramp
    Space in front of toilet min. 150 x 150 cm
    Space left or right of the toilet min. 90 cm
    Folding toilet support rails present

Additional aids / Offers

  • Aids / Offers for blind and visually impaired persons

  • Aids / Offers for persons with learning and mental disabilities