Joseph Else Mine: Mining and Potash Museum  

22 avenue Joseph Else
68310 Wittelsheim
Location

Nearest train station :
1km - Graffenwald km


Opening hours :
à partir de 9h


Weekly closing :
Monday, Sunday

Languages spoken : German

Located in Wittelsheim, the birthplace of the discovery of the Alsatian potash deposit in 1904, the museum takes you through the great epic of potash in Alsace. It preserves and enhances the most significant remains of the generations of miners who went underground for a hundred years to extract the potash ore. It plunges you into the cradle of the Alsatian potash basin, to discover the miner's profession and the hundred-year history of potash mining in Alsace. The Mine and Potash Museum is located in the former cloakroom of the Joseph-Else pit, named after the two shafts established there. Mining began on the site in 1912, but it was not until 1924 that the MDPA expanded and modernised the facilities. A number of red brick buildings built in 1928 are evidence of the final appearance of the pit, which is still preserved in its entirety today. Mining on the tile floor ended in 1966. The former cloakroom, which now houses the museum, is a listed building.

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©Christophe Meyer

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  Capacité maximum temporaire : 10

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Themes
  History
  Geology and natural sciences
Type of visit
  Free visit
  Guided tour for individuals with reservation
  Guided tour for groups with reservation

Access


  On a route that is accessible by bus
  Walking time (min) from carpark to site : 2

Facilities


  Groups accepted
  Exposition
  Indoor activity

With kids


  Suited for umbrella strollers

Rates


Adults 6 €
Children 4 €
Groups (per person) 5 €
Students 4 €

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