Indoor

Lousal Ciência Viva Center

Located in old buildings associated with the Lousal Mine (point house, geology office, workshops, miners’ bathhouse, etc.), it comprises several interactive and exhibition spaces (No Earth, no Beetles, Home sapiens, Shower of Science, Hey, Kids! This Mine is For You), which deal with contents of a multidisciplinary nature, in a perspective of scientific and technological dissemination, linked to non-formal education.

Subject areas: Natural Sciences, Geology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics.

Duration of the visit: 90 min. (1.5 hour)

Mining Museum

The museum houses a significant documentary collection, objects and equipment that allow the visitor a glimpse into the daily life of the mine’s years of prosperity. The visit comprises the spaces of electricity production units, compressed air and an exhibition of nineteenth century model mines, whose manufacture dates back to the 19th century in Germany.

Subject areas: Electricity, Mechanics, History and Heritage.

Duration of the visit: 45 minutes

Outdoor

Mineview of Lousal

It is a pedestrian walk of about 800 meters, which passes through the old Lousal open cut and allows you to see the old buildings and structures related to mining, heaps and acidic ponds, with their characteristic colour. During the course there are several stops where information is provided. For example, about the mineral resources and the environmental impacts resulting from mining.

Subject areas: Natural Sciences, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Geography.

Duration of the visit: 150 min. (2.5 hours)

Notes: It is recommended to use appropriate footwear (sneakers), sunscreen, hat and have water.

Waldemar Gallery

Visit to the first gallery of the Lousal Mine, a horizontal gallery with about 300 meters of extension, that came to be used for storing explosives. During the visit some aspects related to mining and exploration of pyrite are explained.

Subject areas: Natural Sciences, Geology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography.

Visit duration: 90 min. (1.5 hour)

Notes: It is recommended to use appropriate footwear (sneakers), sunscreen, hat and have water.

Bioremediation – TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

Visit to a set of wetlands where acidic waters are channeled in order to be treated. The goal is to lower the pH of the water, so that the existing metals in solution are deposited in the bottom. In addition, the system includes so-called hyperaccumulative plants, which have the ability to remove some of these metals from the water, absorbing them in their plant tissues.

Note: This visit can only be made as a complement to the “Lousal Open Air” Field Exit.

Disciplinary areas addressed: Natural Sciences, Geology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography.

Duration of the visit: 180 min.

Prepare your experience

The Science Mine has prepared for itself a set of practical-experimental activities, dedicated to the various teaching cycles, which allow you to explore different areas of knowledge in a dynamic of group work and knowledge sharing.

Select the various activities as a complement to your visit to the Centro Ciência Viva do Lousal or request the dynamization of activities in the context of the classroom, or similar, through the programs “Mina Vai…”.

Disciplinary areas addressed: Natural Sciences, Geology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography.

Visit duration: 90 min. (1h30)

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