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Five Centuries of the Mercury Mine and the Town of Idrija

Gewerkenegg Castle, Prelovčeva 9, Idrija
Target group
Elementary school/1, 2, 3; Secondary school
Date and time
Upon arrangement
EUR 6.00/person
In addition to the entrance fee, groups of young people with fewer than 10 persons shall be charged a guiding service fee of EUR 35 per group.
Guided tour

Five Centuries of the Mercury Mine and the Town of Idrija

A visit of the permanent exhibition is the best choice for all those who would like to acquire a basic knowledge about mercury and mining in Idrija.

They will learn all about the geological specificities of this area and the history of the town and Idrija Mercury Mine. There is a strong emphasis on learning about the exceptional characteristics of mercury and cinnabar ore, and we present a store with mercury as well as our rich technical heritage.

The elementary and secondary school students learn about the social history of the mining Idrija and its specifics – from cuisine to the Idrija bobbin lace. A story about 500 years of mining is concluded with the mine closure at the end of the 20th century and the entry of its legacy into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Connection with the school curriculum:

Heritage, museums, mining, history of the modern age, mercury, science, technique, UNESCO

Announcing your visit

We recommend you arrange the most appropriate programme form with the museum service when you schedule the visit. This measure additionally provides quality execution of the programme, which will be mutually satisfactory. When arranging a visit, point out all specific wishes regarding the content or time limitation. We will be happy to answer all of your additional questions.