©OTC Mulhouse et sa région/B.Buhrer
©OTC Mulhouse et sa région/B.Buhrer
©OTC Mulhouse et sa région/B.Buhrer
©OTC Mulhouse et sa région/B.Buhrer
©OTC Mulhouse et sa région/B.Buhrer
©OTC Mulhouse et sa région/B.Buhrer
©OTC Mulhouse et sa région / B. Buhrer

Mining and Potash Museum

Museum located in the very heart of the potash basin, it will tell you the history of this activity. You will also be able to discover a unique mineralogical collection! And as it is former miners who will guide you, you will be able to relive the atmosphere as if you were there.

The Mining and Potash Museum is located in the Nonnenbruch Forest, along the railroad line from Basel to Benelux, on the former property of Amélie Zurcher, who unexpectedly discovered potash while looking for oil. It is an integral part of Joseph Else's mining site, a historical site where potash ore was discovered in 1904. The permanent exhibition is housed in the former miners' canteen. It explores the geological history of this basin formed about 30 million years ago, which became an industrial site in 1904 due to the exploitation and transformation of potash ore (sylvit or sylvinite). It also relates the story of the men who, in the 20th century, traveled from afar in order to exploit this gift from the Earth. The display of minerals reminds us that Alsace has a long mining tradition. Photos show the distillers , who produce potassium carbonate for the glass industry and potassium chloride. The Joseph Else complex looks like it used to in its pioneering days. The visitor can discover the architecture of the buildings on the pithead, including the firefighters' station which is on the list of National Register of Historic Places, the planned districts designed by Joseph Else and Graffenwald which reveal the stratification of a mining society.

Additional information
  • Altitude : 264m
  • Prices :
    • Adult rate : 6€
    • Child rate : 4€
    • Family (2 adults + 2 children) : 15€
    • Etudiant : 4€
  • Price advantages :
    • Free for children (age limit) : 4 years old
  • Prices for children :
      Family offer: 15 € (4 people including a maximum of 2 adults) / Senior rate (+ 65 years old): 6 € / Reduced rate : 4 € (jobseekers, disabled person with an accompanying adult, students up to 26 years old included, teachers. Passes accepted: Mulhouse City Pass, Museum Pass. Free: Press card, MMSA intermuseum card, Pro Tourisme card, Ministry of Culture card, ICOM card, Pass'Temps card, under 4 years old.
  • Type of visits proposed : Free visit, Guided tour for individuals with reservation

Horaires et dates d'ouvertures susceptibles d'être modifiés en fonction des circonstances. Prenez vos précautions.

  • Commentaire "mesure covid" : Presentation of the Health Pass obligatory for over 18s / from 30 August for over 12s (vaccination certificate (2nd dose) more than 7 days old OR PCR or antigenic test certificate less than 48 hours old OR COVID-19 recovery certificate) which can be presented in paper or digital form. Proof of identity will be requested in addition to the Health Pass.
  • Ouverture et service de vente proposé : Open to the public, NHS COVID Pass mandatory
  • Mesure de protections : The service provider declares to respect the sanitary protocols, Wearing a mask is mandatory

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