Museo dell'Arte Mineraria

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Location: Iglesias city center. Mining Institute "G. Asproni", Via Roma 47
Open: JUN to SEP Sat, Sun 18:30-20:30.
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children (6-12) EUR 4, Children (0-5) free, Seniors (65+) EUR 4.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 4.
Classification: SubterraneaMuseum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: Mine tunnel: L=300m
Guided tours: Italiano - Italian English
Accessibility: yes, except artificial mine tunnel
Address: Museo dell'Arte Mineraria, Via Roma 47, 09016 Iglesias CI, Tel: +39-0781-350037, Cell: +39-339-4051486, Cell: +39-338-9221392. E-mail: E-mail:
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1998 museum created by mine enthusiasts.


The Museo dell'Arte Mineraria (Museum of the Art of Mining) is located in the center of Iglesias. It is an exhibition about the mining culture which has been the backbone of the social and economic life of Sardinia for centuries. The exhibits were collected from mining sites all over the island. #The ground floor houses exhibitions on transporting the material, the machines used for excavation and drilling, the explosives, an important collection of vintage photographic material, minerals, and models of mining equipment and machinery. There is a reconstruction of a mechanical workshop. The central A flotation plant for understanding the processing of the ore.

There is also an artificial mine, a mine tunnel of 300 m which was built since 1934 as a practice tunnel for students. The reason is simple: this building is the former Mining Institute "G. Asproni", which once educated the mining engineers for the Sardinian mines. The tunnel was used as an air raid shelter during World War II, but today it is restored to its original use: and educational site for mining technologies. The school was named after the engineer Giorgio Asproni, thanks to his generous loan of 100,000 lire.

The museum was created and is operated by the non-profit association Associazione dei Periti Industriali Minerari e Minerari Geotecnici (APIMMG). It is a group of mining enthusiasts who try to preserve and support the Sardinian mining. The open hours are very restricted, but they are happy to open any day even for individuals after appointment.

This museum is located in the ground floor and the cellar. There is a second museum in the upper floors named Museo Mineralogico (Mineralogical Museum) which is also very interesting, and a very good completion of the mining museum. Many specimens are minerals from Sardinian mines. Unfortunately the museums have quite different open hours, because they are operated by different groups.