18-JUN to 12-AUG daily 14-18.
Adults SEK 40, Children (0-11) free.
LKAB Gruvmuseum, Puoitakvägen, 98332 Malmberget.
Gällivare Turistbyrå (Tourism Office), Centralplan 3, SE-98232 Gällivare, Sweden, Tel: +46-970-16660, Fax: +46-970-66739. E-mail:
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|12-MAR-1888||Malberget founded as mining town.|
The Gruvmuseum (mining museum) at Gällivare gives an insight into the daily life of the miners. How they worked, but also how they lived. The museum is guided by miners, who tell first hand. One special thing is that Malberget moves. Every time the open cast mine reaches the town, the housed are abandoned, the inhabitants move to new houses. Other houses had to be abandoned due to instabilities in the ground, caused by the mining. At the moment a large subsidence pit exists right in the middle of the town. It is surveiled, but if it spreads even more inhabitants have to move.
The mining museum shows LKAB's 250-year old history, starting from the days when the ore was discovered and ending in the present. It includes a visit to nearby Kåkstan (Shanty Town), a reconstruction of the first mining community. It is reconstructed with revived houses, stores, and cafés. The official day of the foundation of Malmberget is the day when the first ore train took off from Gällivare.
The museum also has a fine mineral collection with a huge number of Swedish minerals. There are also the three Royal Rocks, each one symbolizing the visits of a Swedish King in the mine. The visits were Oskar I. in 1894, Gustav VI. Adolf in 1952, and the present king Carl XVI. Gustav in 1990.