Mining-Museum Altenberg - History
The main building of the museum was an old ore processing plant used for hundreds of years, which is called "Naumann Mühle".
The first time that the building was ever referred to was in 1577 when a Hieronymus Naumann purchased the already existing plant. Up until 1952, this plant was used to crush tin-ore and separate the tin-bearing Cassiterite mineral from the waste. The concentrate was then transported to a smelting plant where the metal was extracted. After the closure of the mine, the historic building, still containing the unique equipment, was refurbished.

Since 1957 the building has been open to the public.

An adjacent adit (entrance tunnel) called "Neubeschert Glück Stollen" is part of the museum and allows you access to the world of underground mining where you will learn to appreciate the labour intensive efforts of many years ago.
Supported by the European Commission as well as the German government, an extensive reconstruction and an extension program were carried out between 1983 and 1994.

The upgraded site is now a real historical record of 550 years of mining in the area, with a special focus on the unique mining at Altenberg.
plant before reconstruction, 1992
© by Christina Schröder