Centre Historique Minier Lewarde E. Watteau 11Centre Historique Minier Lewarde E. Watteau 11

The Historical Mining Centre

A few kilometres from Douai you will find the imposing Lewarde Historical Mining Centre. Assembled on the former Delloye pit, it spreads over 8 hectares of land and lets you discover the fascinating history of mining and its culture in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region; a rich tradition stretching back almost three centuries!

The Lewarde Mining Centre: more than a museum, a testimony...

If the Lewarde Historical Mining Centre is classified as a Historical Monument, it is for the important industrial story it remembers. The most important mining museum in France, it attracts nearly 150,000 visitors each year, who come to explore this exceptional heritage. Through permanent and temporary exhibitions, learn more about the origin of coal and the daily life of miners, their leisure activities and their struggle to improve the extremely difficult working conditions.

An immersive adventure to experience with your family!

The Lewarde Historical Mining Centre is also an adventure to share with the family! A half-day that promises to be full of twists and turns:

– The Delloye Pit: visit the pit, the lamp house, the extraction machinery buildings, the administrative offices as they existed in 1930… During your free visit, discover how this incredible mine functioned at the peak of its operations!

– Guided tour in the bowels of the earth, in the heart of the mine: for one hour, with a helmet on, you can venture into the narrow passages, so familiar to the miners of yesteryear, and discover the evolution of techniques as mining developed. Put your ear to the ground: can you hear the sound of machines coming back to life? You are plunged into the last century, alongside the courageous miners, for a total immersion in the working conditions of the time!

– the personal testimony: let a former miner tell you about life in the mine. An emotional experience to listen to this rare testimony, doomed to disappear with time…


Le Briquet

Déjeunez dans un lieu atypique. Le restaurant Le Briquet est installé dans l’ancienne scierie et vous propose des menus de la région : flamiches au Maroilles, carbonnade flamande, tarte au suc’…

Infos pratiques

From November 15 to December 31, 2021 and from February 1 to 28,
Monday to Saturday, from 1pm to 7pm* and Sundays, school holidays (all zones) and holidays from 10am to 7pm*.

March 1 to mid-November, daily, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.*

The museum is closed on December 25 and from January 1 to 31.

*The box office closes two hours before the museum closes.

2022 ratesFull Tour:
Access to the site and exhibitions + guided tour + testimonial meeting***
Discoverytour: Access to the site and exhibitions + guided tour
Full price14,30 €12,50 €
Reduced rate8,50 €6,70 €
Family package
(2 adults + 2 children)
40,20 €33 €

Reduced rate: children from 5 to 18 years old included, students, disabled persons + a companion, retirees of the Charbonnages de France… upon presentation of proof

Payment methods accepted: cash – French bank cheques – bank cards (except American Express) – Holiday cheques – Culture checks – Ticketnet – Meyclub – Francebillet – Digitick.

Accessibility for persons with disabilities

Specificities according to disabilities:

Engine: accessible
Hearing: no special device
Mental: Dark, noisy rooms. Narrow passages.
Visual: no special device

For further information, contact 03 27 71 38 80