The Grand Pavilion
South Parade
Matlock Bath
01629 583834

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The 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 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!

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Opening Times

Summer 1st April – 31st October: open every day 10am – 5pm
Winter November 2015, February and March 2016: Wed, Thur and Fri 11am – 3pm, Sat and Sun 11am – 4pm Closed Monday and Tuesday.


 Under 5AdultChild
(Age 5 to 17 inclusive)
(Over 60s, students, disabled)
(2 adults and up to 3 children)
Museum free £4 £3 £3.50 £12
Mine free £4.50 £3.50 £4 £13.50
Museum & Mine free £7 £5 £6 £20
All children must be accompanied by an adult.


The museum has two levels with a household flight of stairs between. The ground floor is fully accessible. There is a stair-lift for access to the upper level and a wheelchair upstairs.


Dogs are welcome in the museum, so long as they are well-behaved and kept on a short lead.


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