Situated in the heart of Scotland’s highest village at 467 m above sea level, the Museum is fun for the whole family.
Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead Village tells the story of how lead ore or 'galena' was extracted and the processes it went through to become the lead products that we know today.
Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead Village is unique in Scotland, having the only real mine which is open to the public. Join the Museum's friendly and knowledgeable guides to discover treasures including the genuine 18th century lead mine where you can experience the thrill of going underground. Make your way along the village paths to the our miners cottages set out in 1750, 1850 and 1910 period and see how the miners really lived. Exploring the second oldest subscription library in Europe, where the bookstock has gained recognition as being a ‘Collection of National Significance'.
In the visitor centre you will discover magnificent displays of minerals (including gold), mining and other local artefacts. During the season you can search for hidden gold by trying your hand at the ancient technique of gold panning.
In the gift shop, you will find a great selection of gifts (many locally crafted), books, toys, rocks and minerals and gold panning equipment. Complete your visit with a trip to the tearoom to indulge in a delicious freshly baked scone, with a pot of tea or a coffee, or stay a while longer and choose from a wide selection of tasty meals, homemade soups, sandwiches and paninis, we received the Healthy Living Award for our tearoom and are really proud of this.