Musée de la Mine

Museums-Crafts and industries

Carreau de Livet, the last iron ore mine in Western France, presents wheeled and tracked engines brought to the surface along with a collection of miners' equipment. The visit includes the 'salle des pendus' (miners' cloakroom), the showers, the lamp store, the descent shaft that took miners 650 metres below ground level. A scenographic display entitled 'The subterranean worlds of Calvados' offers visitors a plunge into the centre of the Earth. Geological resources are presented in an educational yet recreational manner before a virtual tour of the mining zones. 15-minute film.
Free unaccompanied outdoor tour of mining equipment. Indoor tour from July to September, from 2.30 to 6 pm on Sundays.
Contact details

Musée de la Mine

Carreau du Livet


Phone : 02 31 90 53 44

Fax : 02 31 41 34 14


Obligatory for groups

Fixed telephone :


Means of payment

Postal or bank cheques





Temporary exhibitions


Guided tour

Coach Parking


Visite guidées en permanence - yes
Average time90 minutes90 minutes
Further informationGuided tour in F by appointment: 1hr/1hr30. -


Coach parking
Groups acccepted
Minimum number of people 20
One of the sites of the Soumont mine, the last iron ore mine in the West, you will see the large machinery and hand tools used in the depths. You will see the last hanging room in the region, the bath house and the lamp workshop in their original state as well as the roadway down which the workers descended 650 metres below ground. A new presentation ‘The Underground Worlds of Calvados’ explains the local geology and includes a virtual descent into the mines 475 metres below.