Following the footsteps of Idrija miners, you will stroll through the second largest mercury mine in the world and see displays of mining methods from different periods since the 16th century; in the smeltery you will view the smelting process where ore turns into mercury droplets, and learn about the importance of mercury for Idrija and the whole world.
The former mining castle displays the rich history of the Idrija mine and city of Idrija from its beginnings in 1490 until today through various exhibits. You will learn about the development of Idrija and its surrounding region through different periods of time as well as about the heritage of the locality with an emphasis on the bobbin lace of Idrija.
Kamšt: This big, water-driven pumping device pumped cave water from the depths of the mine. The device from 1790 is the only preserved kamšt in Idrija. Its distinctive feature is the huge water wheel with a diameter of 13.6 m.
Francis’ Shaft: In the entrance building of Francis’ Shaft there is a rich collection of restored mining machines and devices; the distinctive one is the huge steam-driven Kley pump, exhibited “in situ”.
Miner’s House: The Idrija Miner’s House is an example of the once typical Idrija architecture. It was built in the second half of the 18th century. Today, you can visit it with a tour guide who will bring you into the home environment of a mining family in the early 20th century.
Combined ticket to visit the Mercury Mine and Anthony’s Shaft, the Hg Smeltery, the Gewerkenegg mining castle and the most prominent sights of cultural and technical heritage under the auspices of the Idrija Municipal Museum.
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