Visit to the museum
Various collections are exhibited in the museum:
- Ethnological collection : The presentation of the dwelling culture of the miners in our valley
- The collection of ores, minerals and fossils
- The room with measuring equipment
- The collection of photos made by Maks Kunc, a naturalist and a photographer
The authentic flat of a miner's family before the World War II
The building, which is now arranged into the museum, was built in 1928 by the English owners of the mine. There were offices for the direction and administration on the ground floor and the flats for the administrative clerks on the first floor.
Collection of ores, minerals and fossils
Ore minerals, which are used in industrial production as raw materials, are scarce in nature and are not easy to be traced. But on the territory between Peca and Uršlja gora quite abundant concentrated quantities of ore minerals were found in Triassic lime-stone.
That is why lead and zinc ore excavations were carried out for three centuries in this region. Digging was first done on the surface but it soon turned into deep underground work.
The main ore minerals found in Mežica underground are galena (PbS) and sphalerite (ZnS), which together with lime-stone form interesting shapes.
Besides ore minerals The Lead and Zinc Mine Mežica abounded in other minerals as well, among which the most known is wulfenite (PBMo4), which is considered to be a rather scarce mineral. That is why The Lead and Zinc Mine Mežica is considered to be the richest mine in wulfenite.
But there are also other minerals, such as pieces of calcite, cerusit, smithsonit, hidrocinkit, desclosit, greenockit and fossils found in the surroundings of Mežica, which are displayed in the exhibition.
The room for taking mine measures
As the mining work advanced the mine tunnels were marked on the mine maps. The tools that were used by geodetists at their measure taking work and the mine maps, among which the oldest one dates from 1842, are exhibited in this room.
From the early beginnings of the mining the plans of the mine were made, the digging was constantly marked on the maps.
The collection of photos of Maks Kunc, the nature photographer
On the whole, the collection presents an interesting survey of the local micro flora and fauna. Besides his rich photographic opus and his photographic equipment one can see also his diaries in which he wrote his findings in English language for 23 years. The collection is supplemented by music, specially composed for this occasion by Boštjan Perovšek.