Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Located at a depth of 70 meters (230 feet), this underground museum gives its visitors a unique opportunity to get themselves familiar with the nuts and bolts of mining engineering and see how snow-white gypsum is mined underground via tour around an underground gypsum mine. A part of the museum’s display is dedicated to history of mining engineering and developing of local gypsum deposit that began back in 1930’s.

Underground Museum

Old entrance to the mines which is not used anymore.

Underground Museum

Right at the new entrance to the mine stand lots of mine cars filled to the brims with gypsum.

Underground Museum

The thing is that the museum itself is located in the existing mines. But gypsum digging is performed 2.5 kilometers away from the entrance and the museum is located 300 meters away.

Underground Museum

Every visitor is given a helmet, flashlight and a special vest. Because the temperature inside can be as low as +9C (+48F.)

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

One of rooms is dedicated to geology and there are displayed as many as 300 exhibits of earth materials from all over Russia and CIS.

Underground Museum

All this fortune is kept by Mistress of Gypsum Mountain.

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

There are also displayed small figurines of some dinosaurs and extinct animals made of gypsum.

Underground Museum

And not only small ones. And made not of gypsum.

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Some cave drawings.

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

And these are remnants of some then-gaping tourist.

Underground Museum

That was a joke, of course.

Underground Museum

This one is called Gosha for some reason

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Gypsum itself is a bit crystal-like by the way.

And some other, way-back shots:

Underground Museum

Underground Museum

Photo and story via mr-ank

15 thoughts on “Underground Museum”

  1. That was weird….. Dinosaurs in a gypsum mine. Lot’s of ’em.

    Now, just think of all the gypsum boards that go into houses. When those houses are brought down, that stuff just goes in a landfill. What a waste.

    • The irony is that the stuff going back into the land may well be reused again in a thousand years, for who knows what purpose.

  2. Nice museum, with some weird kitsch touches – and why not? I guess the manager has got a sense of humour!

    It’s great that people can go down mines now voluntarily.

    • listen ye of little faith give a person a break OK? its hard to make everything fascinating. if you want to be fascinated about gypsum take a peek at this one minute video, guarantied you will never forget it, or my name aint orvilredenbaker!!

  3. But why are the rusianias now trying to mine gypsies? Why do they not simply leave them alone??? If you steal from someone who stole what you steal… is it really “stealing?” Think about it. LOLZ!

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