National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum

Does your class know how easy life is for them? After a visit to National Coal Mining Museum they will learn the story of coal, how it changed our nation forever and give them a true appreciation of why they no longer have to spend hours working underground in the cold and dark. Plus how coal fuelled the industrial revolution and keeps the lights on in their homes.

National Coal Mining Museum

Take your class on a trip underground at National Coal Mining Museum where they will meet a charismatic former miner in a real mine. Wander through over 15 curriculum linked galleries, stroke horses and see canaries that would have helped miners have better working lives and explore acres of woods.


Gain insight into our mining heritage with an interactive workshop. You can choose between a History or Science themed day which will give your class an immersive, tactile and memorable experience. Each workshop includes an Underground Tour, time to explore the galleries and an exclusive lunch space.

Secondary Schools can get a different perspective of the mining industry with Artist Led Workshops and conduct science experiments with What’s In Our Water?


National Coal Mining Museum is spread across a 45 acre site, where you will step inside galleries and historic buildings, enjoy interactive galleries and explore lots of outside space. To make the most of exploring the museum be sure to ask for our Teacher Gallery Guide when you book.


National Coal Mining Museum’s virtual packages can be accessed from the classroom or at home. While nothing can replace the experience of the real thing, these sessions give you unique access to areas of the museum that are out of bounds to the public.  Our Meet a Miner, Victorian Miner and Rocks & Fossils workshops support the English curriculum development of spoken language in addition to historical and/or scientific knowledge. A typical workshop includes:

1 hour Live Workshop led by our skilled Learning team
Selection of short, pre-recorded videos
Archive video footage, audio and images
Live Q&A with a miner or a living history character
Teacher Guide
Pre and post workshop resources
Handling materials to support sensory learning


The Museum’s Loan Boxes stimulate curiosity and provide a hands-on approach to learning. Our range of Loans Boxes cover different themes but they all typically include objects from our handling collection, photographs, background information and ideas for activities. We have seven Loan Boxes that can be hired by schools for half a term at a cost of £20 per box, per half term:

Miners at Work

Mining Jobs

Mining Dress-up

Victorian Work

Victorian Home

Contact the Educational Visits UK team to help plan your next school trip.



Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking


Conference Facilities, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,






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    Opening Hours

    10am – 5pm last tour 2:30pm


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    New Road, Overton, Wakefield , WF4 6EU

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