On the main floor will be placed, after its restoration, the mining winch, unique of its characteristics that is conserved in the peninsula
The Community, through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, collaborates in the creation of the new Mining Museum of La Union with the financing of 80 percent of this infrastructure.
Culture has contributed 2.1 million euros to the current museum in recent years, to which is added half million more by the City.
Counselor Miriam Guardiola attended today the laying of the first stone of the museum with the mayor, Pedro López, and stated that "with this new infrastructure, which will combine the functions of a museum, a temporary exhibition hall and a scenic space, and that adds to the magnificent Mining Park, the municipality of La Unión and the Region of Murcia expand their cultural and tourist offer ".
The Museum "will be a place of exhibition, didactic, attractive and participatory, with a novel museographic approach that will invite you to discover the unionense mining heritage," said Guardiola, who highlighted that among its main attractions will be the mining winch that will occupy its main plant, "the only one of these characteristics that is conserved in the Iberian peninsula and one of the few existing in the whole world, declared as an Asset of Cultural Interest, is a symbol that will serve as a tribute to the history and mining past of the municipality and after its restoration will be transferred to the museum, thus guaranteeing its future conservation ".
The Mining Museum will maintain its current location, the former Liceo Obrero, but doubling its surface area to 1,500 square meters.
Being a protected building, an emblematic construction by Pedro Cerdán at the beginning of the 20th century, the faĂ§ade will be fully preserved, as well as part of the original hydraulic floor and the tile roof will be reconstructed.
The museum will have two floors and a basement where the permanent exhibition will be located, whose descent will simulate in some way the descent to the mine.
It will have several exhibition halls and an auditorium for the celebration of different shows and performances with capacity for more than 200 people.
It is expected to open its doors within two years.
This mining museum, added the head of Culture, "is a sign of the interest of the regional government to collaborate with the different municipalities in the promotion and strengthening of our culture, contributing to the decentralization of activities and creating important claims in all our municipalities."
A work of collaboration that "is complemented with projects put in place from Culture as the Plan Scene, Associate and the Plan of Exhibition Spaces".