The Mine Museum in Falun is perched on the Great Pit, part of the Great Copper Mine in Falun, and the scene of a cave-in of epic proportions (4oo metres wide and 95 metres deep).
Thankfully no-one was killed in the cave-in as the miners, like everyone else in Sweden, were celebrating the midsummer festival. Back in 1687, when it happened, working conditions at the mine were dire. But such was the mine’s importance to Sweden’s finances, working conditions would have come way down the list of the mine owner’s priorities. At the time the mine produced 70% of the world’s copper and this helped Sweden to become a power to be reckoned with in Europe.
The Mine Museum takes you through the history of the mine, the engineering feats that made it possible and the company behind it.
Guide Michelin gave the Mine Museum the highest possible rating. And we think that you will too.