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Mining and Potash Museum

The Mining and Potash Museum is located in the Nonnenbruch Forest, along the railroad line from Basel to Benelux, on the former property of Amélie Zurcher, who unexpectedly discovered potash while looking for oil. It is an integral part of Joseph Else's mining site, a […]

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22 rue Joseph Else
68310 Wittelsheim
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Phone: 03 89 55 13 27


Rates

  • Adult rate : 6 €
  • Child rate : 4 €
  • Etudiant : 4 €

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The Mining and Potash Museum is located in the Nonnenbruch Forest, along the railroad line from Basel to Benelux, on the former property of Amélie Zurcher, who unexpectedly discovered potash while looking for oil. It is an integral part of Joseph Else's mining site, a historical site where potash ore was discovered in 1904. The permanent exhibition is housed in the former miners' canteen. It explores the geological history of this basin formed about 30 million years ago, which became an industrial site in 1904 due to the exploitation and transformation of potash ore (sylvit or sylvinite). It also relates the story of the men who, in the 20th century, traveled from afar in order to exploit this gift from the Earth. The display of minerals reminds us that Alsace has a long mining tradition. Photos show the distillers , who produce potassium carbonate for the glass industry and potassium chloride. The Joseph Else complex looks like it used to in its pioneering days. The visitor can discover the architecture of the buildings on the pithead, including the firefighters' station which is on the list of National Register of Historic Places, the planned districts designed by Joseph Else and Graffenwald which reveal the stratification of a mining society.

Date & opening hours: Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm and from 1pm to 6pm / Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm / in July and August, open Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm / other days by appointment

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Protective measures:
  • NHS COVID Pass mandatory
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory
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Comment Covid measurements:
Presentation of the Health Pass obligatory for over 18s / from 30 August for over 12s (vaccination certificate (2nd dose) more than 7 days old OR PCR or antigenic test certificate less than 48 hours old OR COVID-19 recovery certificate) which can be presented in paper or digital form. Proof of identity will be requested in addition to the Health Pass.

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