Centro Ciência Viva – Mine of Science

Located in old buildings of the Lousal Mine (point house, Geology office, workshops, miners’ bathhouse, etc.), it comprises several interactive and exhibition spaces (The Virtual CAVE, No Earth, no Beetles, Home sapiens, Shower of Science, Hey, Kids! This Mine is For You), which deal with contents of a multidisciplinary nature, in a perspective of scientific and technological dissemination, linked to non-formal education.

Subject areas: Natural Sciences, Geology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics.

Duration of visit: 90 min. (1.5 hours).

Mining Museum

The museum houses a significant written record, objects and equipment that allow the visitor a glimpse into the daily life of the mine’s years of prosperity. The visit comprises the spaces of electricity production units, compressed air and an exhibition of nineteenth century model mills, whose manufacture dates back to the 19th century in Germany.

Subject areas: Electricity, Mechanics, History and Heritage.

Duration of visit: 45 minutes.


Waldemar Gallery

Visit to the first gallery of the Lousal Mine, a horizontal gallery with about 300 meters of extension, that came to be used for storing explosives. During the visit some aspects related to mining and exploration of pyrite are explained.

Subject areas: Natural Sciences, Geology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography.

Duration of visit: 90 min.

Note: Daily visits at 3:00 p.m. (except on Mondays).

Comfortable clothing and footwear (slippers or sandals are not advised), hat and water are recommended.

During the school year, the visit is subject to prior appointment and a minimum of five participants. It is always subject to weather conditions and the Lousal Ciência Viva Centre reserves the right to make any changes or cancellations.