The Central Museum of Mining, the largest and most comprehensive collection on the history of mining in Hungary, is outstanding among the dozens of exhibitions in Sopron. The Baroque Esterházy Palace is a worthy venue to house this valuable collection. The garden at remains of the ancient city wall behind the building and its small Baroque music pavilion make an ideal place for visitors to take a pause. There are relics of Hungarian precious metal mining, which had a good reputation throughout Europe for many centuries. The exhibition also demonstrates the results and technical achievements of mining in the last century.
The most interesting part of the exhibition is a real scale model of a mineshaft from the beginning of the 20th century, which visitors can enter. They can also take a look at an ancient flint-mine reconstructed in its original size, experience the narrow shafts of medieval mines, and observe the greatest technical innovation of the last century, the hydraulic buckler, with all its internal parts and pieces. Besides the miniature scale models of the machines, the valuable collection of minerals is also noteworthy. In summer, educational and feature films are shown in the cinema room. Guides and information panels in German, English and Slovakian help foreign language visitors.
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