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Open-Air Mining Museum (SMM)

Jozefa Karola Hella 12, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia
+421 45/691 29 71
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The Mining Open – Air Museum with 40 000 visitors a year is one of the most popular sites in the region. On the ground the exposition shows old mining buildings, equipment, machines and geological history. Millions years ago here was the biggest volcano in Middle Europe. The most interesting part is the mine. Equipped with helmet, mining coat and lamp, you will go 60 meters deep and during a 1,5 km walk learn about the hard work of miners from Middle Age until the end of the 20th century.
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Jozefa Karola Hella 12, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia
+421 45/691 29 71
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Very nice and unique Museum. Nice on ground exposition and unique underground tour. You can teach how gold and silver was produced .

Thank Michal R
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We liked the tour very much since Peter, our guide, went out of his way to keep everybody happy and on track. With bits of information in Slovak, Spanish and English everyone was cared for and looked after. He answered our questions thoughtfully and elaborately....More

1  Thank chinni20
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

The guided visit of the mine was only in Slovak language anyway worth for a visit.. there is an initial video esplicative and then a tour of 1h inside the mine with all equipment provided.. for 5 euros definitely approved

1  Thank Alberto O
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I don't speak any Slowak, the tour is provided only in Slowak. I got a piece of paper with some explanations, however this does not equal a live tour guide at all and also, it is impossible to read anything while you are down in...More

3  Thank AnotherBunny
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Really cool experience to go down in a mine. You get a helmet, lamp and a waterproof coat to take in. We both really enjoyed it. But the biggest problem is the guide speaks in Slovak only. There are no optional tours either. There is...More

2  Thank jakhello147
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This is outside the town but is on a bus route. There are plenty of displays of mining history and equipment on the surface and the museum is well laid out for families. The real highlight is the tour underground through the tunnels with miners...More

Thank 27gill
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We visited with 3 kids (17,15,12) It is very interesting and unique experience. Walking in the mine Main issue 1) my 12 y/o kid had hard time at the beginning of the tour , it was humid and small 2) almost no English ... so...More

1  Thank yaki a
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Just outside of historic city center of Banská Štiavnica. Unique first-hand mining experience with exhibition of tools used in the mines. Exciting for the kids and informative (and exciting) for the adults. Not recommended for claustrophobes, the tour involves a descent into an actual mine....More

Thank Lukas O
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Is this one of the top sites in this World Heritage Site town ? Yes, but is there any non-Slovak visitors? No. That is because the museum cannot give any non-Slovak speaking visitors a welcome feeling. When we came to join the tour, we found...More

Thank GHJ 2
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

The tour is about 1 hour. Slovak only guide. He didn't even bother to translate to English the safety instructions. The brochure in english is useless inside. Take a lamp for every person since its really dark inside. The coat isn't really needed if you...More

Thank pelanat
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