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Hidden Treasures Lead Mining Museum

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Hidden Treasures, Museum of Lead Mining

is located in the heart of the village of Wanlockhead, which is Scotland's highest village. The Museum explores the history of lead and gold up to 300 years ago within the mining area.

Inside the visitor centre there is a walk-through exhibition, which tells the story of how lead ore was won at the face and the processes it went through to become the lead products that we know today. The centre has guided tours through the lead mines and in the visitors centre there are displays of working models of mining machinery, and cottage museums explaining the daily lives of the miners. Not forgetting the Gold Panning Centre.

Also on display are some of the most spectacular minerals found in the Lowther Hills, an area that is responsible for one percent of all known minerals in the World today.   The Museum is unique in Scotland as it is the only former lead mine open to the public.

There is also a vast amount of information on the families who lived and worked in Wanlockhead and the surrounding areas.

Uncover our treasures including a real 18th century lead mine set deep in the hillside where visitors can experience the thrill of going underground. Make your way along village paths to the two miners' cottages and see how the miners really lived before exploring the second oldest subscription Library in Europe, which has recently gained Recognition status as being a collection of National Significance. Enter the Visitor Centre to discover a fantastic display of rocks, minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts

T1740_miner_lo.jpgDuring July & August you can search for hidden gold - Yes - Real Gold - by trying your luck at Gold Panning. Our enthusiastic and friendly guides will help to make your visit a day to remember.

If you are looking for a day out with a real difference then look no further than HIDDEN TREASURES, Museum of Lead Mining at Wanlockhead.

Opening Hours

The Museum is open every day between 11am and 4.30pm from the 1st April 2012 until the 31st October 2012. In July and August we are open from 10am until 5pm. As a guide, your visit should last between 2 and 3 hours.

Come along and support the Hidden Treasures fundraising events and help support the heritage.

31st March 2013
Easter Sunday
Come along and meet the Easter Bunny on this Chairty fundraiser event.

25th and 26th May 2013
Brittish Gold Panning Championship
Come and celebrate the 25th Anniversary, great for all the family.

Halloween Special
October 2013 details to follow.

7th & 8th December 2013
Santa Special Weekend
Visit Santa in Lochnell Mine & take a round trip on the Santa Express at Leadhills. One ticket covers both venues



Adults £7.50
Child / Concession £5.50
Family Ticket        (2 Adults + 1 Child) £18.00
Family Ticket        (2 Adults + 2 Children) £24.00
Family Ticket        (2 Adults + 3 Children) £28.50
Guided Tour of Single Site £4.00 (£3.00 Child/Conc)
Museum or Library £3.00
Gold Panning £4.00
Groups- Adults (10+) £6.50
Groups - Children (10+)