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Visits to Temple Mine & Mineral Panning Sessions.

Temple Mine:

With that pesky virus still hanging around for a limited period we are offering individual family groups the chance to go on a mine tour without other members of the public. Yes, your own personal tour! These do need to be booked in advance either at the Museum or by ‘phoning 01629 583834. Groups can be as small as 2 adults or as large as 10 people. (Minimum charge £13).

Mineral Panning:

We are running mineral panning sessions this summer. Our guide will show you how to pan for minerals and will provide you with a bag to take home anything you find, all for just £3 per person. To ensure social distancing these sessions need to be booked in advance either at the Museum or by ‘phoning 01629 583834 during Museum opening hours. If you go on a mine tour the mineral panning is included.

The Museum:

The Museum is open 11am-3.30pm at the weekend and you do not need to book – just turn up! There is plenty to see and do in the Museum and if you have children with you Temple Mouse and Miner Joe will help them to know what to do. Come in the morning for a quieter visit with fewer people around. Our tunnels and climbing shafts are closed at the moment but, with a ticket that is valid for 12 months, you can visit again once they re-open. Please gift aid your ticket if possible – it costs you nothing but helps bring in extra funds. 

Opening hours

  • Last entry is 30 minutes before the closing times shown.
  • Check here for additional opening times at school holidays and bank-holidays.

Winter (up to 31st March)

Mon. - Sun. 11:00 am - 3:45 pm

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We are open again!

The Museum will be open 11am-3pm each weekend from the 4th July. No booking is needed for the Museum. 

Temple Mine will be open from the 11th July for guided tours of individual family groups. There will also be mineral panning sessions. Both of these must be booked in advance at the Museum or by ‘phoning 01629 583834. 


Learning Activity Packs

Discover Old Matlock Bath with the Petrifying Wells, Charabancs and Trains. You do not need to have visited Matlock Bath to use this pack – it helps children to develop the enquiry skills every historian needs. Download the pack here.

Find out about Animals who live in mines and caves with some spider maths and facts about bats. To download this pack here.

Find out about some Fantastic Fossils including Devil’s Toe-nails, ammonites and dinosaur poo. Learn about Mary Anning who discovered some amazing fossilised creatures and find out how fossils are made. Download the pack here.