Museo dell'Arte Mineraria

Museo dell'Arte Mineraria, Iglesias: Hours, Address, Museo dell'Arte Mineraria Reviews: 5/5

Museo dell'Arte Mineraria
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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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The Iglesiente is one of the most important mining areas in Italy, especially for lead, zinc and silver minerals. The development of the mining industry and the need for qualified personnel led to the foundation of the Mining School in Iglesias in 1871. In 1934 the students were engaged into excavating some tunnels in the basement of the school. In the Museum of Mining Art, the APIMMG (Mining Surveyors & Mining Geotechnicians Association) has recreated some typical environments and displayed a collection of mining tools and machinery, original laboratory equipment, models used for educational purposes in the school and a huge quantity of archival documents and photographs. By walking through the galleries and visiting the exhibitions under the guidance of the Association experts, everyone can experience unique sensations and get a deeper insight into the human, social and scientific aspects of the mining era in Iglesiente .
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Adam M
Bozeman, MT1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
Amazing experience at museum!

We have seen much natural beauty on this side of the island and glimpses of the Sardinian mining history that has been left behind. Mute and silent, the crumbling building unable to share their story.

Lucky for us, we were able to have it all come to life at the museum. Make sure to schedule an appointment, we tried one day but the gate is locked. The organization is ALL volunteer run and the most passionate. Francesca gave us a private tour/class answering so many of our questions and opened ideas in my brain I’ve never previously considered. I know how mining works now! The whole evolution of techniques and equipment on display because the museum is actually a previous technical school for mining students. Now returning to the old mining sites, I can identify what equipment was used for and can imagine it as it was.

This is an affordable, fun, educational, hands on experience that I recommend completely. Visit the museum, then go see the old equipment at Nabida and monteponi after!

Thank you Francesca!
from Montana, USA.
Written March 6, 2022
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Dede L
New York City, NY18 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
I had an amazing experience! I was not expecting that this museum would offer a full immersion in the life, work, and struggles of the miners. The museum was originally a mining school. In contains a mine at the lower level that was carved by the students at the beginning of the century. The mine was also a refuge for the inhabitants during the war. Mattia was my guide. He is a gifted storyteller and brought to life for me the life and tribulations of the miners. I felt myself welling up a few times.
Highly recommended.
Written September 19, 2020
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Grazie dedel959! Siamo felici che la visita sia stata di tuo gradimento. Mattia è un nuovo acquisto tra le nostre guide (tutte volontarie) e sta raccogliendo le prime meritate soddisfazioni. Meritate perchè si è fatto immediatamente conquistare dal fascino della nostra storia mineraria riuscendo a trasmetterlo ai nostri ospiti!
Written September 30, 2020
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Judith M
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
We called the day before and they kindly opened the museum, the former college of mining, just for us (two). Caterina, our guide, was extremely knowledgable about everything related to mining and the history of mining in this area and gave us a wonderful tour. It is a lovely traditional old-school (literally) museum with a mineshaft, lots of machinery and old photos.
Written July 5, 2021
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We are always very happy and satisfied when visitors appreciate our museum and the preparation of our guides ... thanks a lot!
Written July 27, 2021
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Marcin K
34 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Very interesting place even if you are not fan of this kind of attractions. Host Mathieu who told us curious story of this old mining school in English language, very kind, wise and experienced guy. Highly recommended!
Written July 1, 2021
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We are always very happy and satisfied when visitors appreciate our museum and the preparation of our guides ... thanks a lot!
Written July 14, 2021
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Antony P
London, UK2 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
After having seen so many abandoned mines on the western coast while traveling with my girlfriend, we decided to take the opportunity of a one night stay in Iglesias to find out more about what he had seen.

We were guided by a young woman who knows a lot about this topic (she studied it), and was extremely good at explaining and at answering our questions.

She explained the history of this school (so locals could learn the necessary skills for the mines to work in the summer - skilled foreigners didn’t want to work in the summer), the history of the structures inside the tunnels, the history of the process to dynamite the stones, the history of the transportation of the stones out of the mines, and especially the history of how the metals are separated from the stones.
In short all the steps were explained, and the history of the different method used for each step.

Through the évolutions of the techniques used, we really do get a feel of how engineering advances: a method is invented that is better than the previous one, and then another one etc...

The museum is full of objects, models, photographs that help understand it all.

I highly recommend a visit to this museum - both adults and children will enjoy it, and learn from it!
Written September 8, 2018
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Thank you Antony!
Written September 20, 2018
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EuryaleGorgon
Wellington, New Zealand50 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
The Museo dell'Arte Mineraria is a small but fascinating museum in the Sardinian town of Iglesias. It is the sort of museum which is really easy to miss, or that you might decide you wouldn't want to go, but it's well worth a visit. The museum is on the ground floor and below of the school that was established to train miners. It covers the history of mining in the region and has an absolutely amazing set of tunnels blasted from the rock by the students in their training on how to dig mines. You walk through the tunnels that generations of students created and see the evolution of practical mining techniques. As a bonus you see a WWII era operating theatre and equipment which was put in the tunnels when used as an air raid shelter (it is both fascinating and creepy). The guide is really, really nice and speaks both Italian and English.
Written March 19, 2017
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Thanks EuryaleGorgon for your review!
Written July 6, 2019
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darina b
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Aug 2021 • Couples
Absolutely great and interesting place. Very kind and helpful staff. You will hear and learn many interesting information. Definitely exceeded expansions. Recommend.
Written August 15, 2021
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Grazie darinab83, siamo felici che la visita al museo sia stata di tuo gradimento.
Written August 26, 2021
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Wandering_Aengus
Belfast, UK481 contributions
Sep 2019
Unfortunately only the mineral exhibition room was open during our visit. This is free to visit and consists of a single viewing room with examples of minerals and ores from around Sardinia. Apparently the exhibition is being expanded and will include a second showing further ores and minerals from around the world.

The mineral exhibition was surprisingly interesting and well worth the 30 odd minutes it takes to view. While everyone is familiar with refined metals, it was fascinating to see the rock types from which they are sourced.

The receptionist explained that the main museum, which consists of example shafts constructed by mining students in the 1930s and exhibits of mining technology, would be open at the weekend, but unfortunately this was after our departure date from Iglesias - maybe next time!
Written October 4, 2019
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The museum, as can be seen on the website and social media, can be visited by appointment every day of the year. We are sorry for those who have given you inaccurate and incomplete information!
Written October 4, 2019
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ClimbingMonkey
London, UK2 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a fascinating small museum tucked away under what used to be the mining school in Iglesias. There's a large display with mining tools and equipment, photographs and other items linked to the mining history of the area, but the best part was the guided tour with one of the volunteers. The guide spoke good English and had a wealth of knowledge about the mining school and the mines around Iglesias. We went down to see the old tunnels created to help the students learn mining techniques, which were also used to link to the hospital in WWII. We paid 5 Euros which was excellent value and had a much better experience than at Porto Flavia where we were whisked in and out in just over half an hour.
Written October 3, 2019
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Thank you for your precious words!
Written October 4, 2019
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Karen K
Thetford, UK16 contributions
Aug 2019
So the first time we tried it was closed, but check out the explanation below for that.
Anyway it's Italy!

It's run by volunteers and the lady who took us round was passionate and extremely knowledgeable. I felt I learned about the history and about the mining industry in quite a lot of detail. As other contributors say it was a mining school and they built tunnels as part of the learning experience, this is what you see in the tour EUR 5.
Part of the displays are actual mining equipment, but also fascinating WORKING scale models of mining equipment for the above ground processing.
We also learned of the cataclysmic collapse of the mining industry only 7 years after a massive national investment scheme inaugurated by the pope.
We were engrossed, visit, you also get brochure to take away!
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Written August 17, 2019
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Thanks Karen K for your nice review!
Written September 5, 2019
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