Centro Ciência Viva – Mine of Science

Located in old buildings associated with 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 documentary collection, 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 mines, whose manufacture dates back to the 19th century in Germany.

Subject areas: Electricity, Mechanics, History and Heritage

Duration of visit: 45 minutes


Mineview of Lousal

It is a pedestrian walk of about 800 meters, which passes through the old Lousal open cut and allows you to see the old buildings and structures related to mining, heaps and acidic ponds, with their characteristic colour. During the course there are several stops where information is provided. For example, about the mineral resources and the environmental impacts resulting from mining.

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

Duration of the visit: 150 min. (2.5 hours)

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. (1.5 hours) or 180 min.


Visit a group of wetlands where the acid waters are channeled to be treated. The goal is to lower the pH of the water, so that the metals in solution settle in the bottom. In addition, the system includes plants called hyperaccumulators, which have the ability to remove some of these metals from the water, absorbing them into their plant tissues.

NOTE: This visit can only be done as a complement to the “Mineview of Lousal” field trip.

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

Duration of the visit: 180 min. (3 hours).

Experimental Activities


One day, in a room full of curious little minds, a group of scientists came in with their white coats, lab supplies, magnifying glasses and microscopes, and a set of liquids and objects that looked like they came from a movie.
In a few minutes, the room became a laboratory, and the little scientists who were in that room entered a world where they had fun while experimenting with chemistry, biology, physics, geology, and many other areas of science.

1st Cycle

What if science jumped out of the books and materialized in the form of spectacular practical-experimental activities that students can do?! The Lousal Ciência Viva Centre has gathered a series of activities that lead to classroom fun scientific experiments that allow us to exemplify and demystify the science that explains our daily events.

2nd Cycle

Embrace the Sciences of Nature and discover the scientific marvels that explain the nature of everything around us. Apply scientific concepts that will help you understand the complex but fun, curious and spectacular, synergies that are established between everything around us to give rise to the fascinating systems we know.

3rd Cycle

Wear the lab coat, put on your gloves and do not forget your goggles. Master the laboratory and the myriad of reagents, reactions and fascinating transformations that it has to offer.
Take on your role as a scientist and give your essential contribution to unveil and explain a world full of fascinating phenomena that daily fuel our curiosity.

Secondary school

Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology and other scientific fields take shape in a set of activities, developed according to the curricular goals of each academic year, that allow to understand the different concepts taught and to apply them in practical-experimental activities accompanied by specialists from different fields of science.