The Upper Harz Mining Museum
The Upper Harz Mining Museum - Das Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum
Founded in 1892, the oldest mining museum in Germany has one of the most extensive collections of technological and cultural history in the region. All machinery and equipment display the high technological mining achievements of the 18th and 19th century, and are well preserved. Some of the highlights of the permanent exhibition are a mock-up of the former "Mountain School" and the historical teaching models - the forerunner of today's Clausthal Technical University - and an original piece of wire rope from 1834, "Albert-Rope", named after Julius Albert, who invented it in Clausthal in 1834.
Also visit the "Radstube Rosenhof Pit Tower", an icon of industrial culture, the "Kaiser-Wilhelm-shaft II", the monument of historical technology and the above-ground facilities of the Ottiliae-Pit, which illustrates the impressive industrial phase of the Upper Harz mining and the subsequent use of the shafts to generate electricity.