The TRAFO project –

modern exhibition formats for historic mining

As part of the TRAFO project, four museums of the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz have developed new formats for presenting mining in the Harz, its history, and the World Heritage Upper Harz Water Management System that grew out of it, in an up-to-date and sustainable way. As a result, the exhibitions at the Upper Harz Mining Museum in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, the Visitor Mines Grube Samson in St. Andreasberg, 19-Lachter-Stollen in Wildemann and Knesebeck Shaft in Bad Grund have been modernized.

You are cordially invited to make a personal visit. A first impression of the new exhibition elements can be obtained here.

Upper Harz Mining Museum, Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Left: Overview – Oversized display cabinets for the mining model collection, a selfie station and much more.
Right: Highlight – Discover the way an Upper Harz mine worked on the example of the Dorotheer Rösche Mine!

19-Lachter-Stollen, Wildemann

Left: Overview – What is "Markscheidekunst" (mine surveying) and how long is a "Lachter"? Find out the answers…
Right: Highlight – Breathtaking – look down into the 261-metre-deep Ernst August Shaft!

Knesebeck Shaft, Bad Grund

Left: Overview – Listen to former miners telling their stories and discover the power of water!
Right: Highlight – The hydrocompressor tower can be seen from far away – but how does it work?

Samson Mine, St. Andreasberg

Left: Overview – Not only the interactive bi-directional waterwheel control and the new presentation of the mineral collection await your visit.
Right: Highlight – Experience the man engine simulation!

Background to the TRAFO Project

The TRAFO Programme - Models for Changing Culture is an initiative of the Cultural Foundation of the German government, which supports regions from 2015 to 2023 in permanently strengthening their cultural locations and facilities. In particular, smaller institutions in structurally weak rural areas are being supported in taking the first steps toward the future. The aim of the programme is "to permanently strengthen the importance of culture in the perception of the public as well as the cultural-political structures in the communities and districts."

In the model region South Lower Saxony, with the help of the project "TRAFO: Harz | Museums | World Heritage – World Culture Transforms a Region" from 2016 to 2020 the four named museums of the World Heritage Site UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz were supported and developed further, together with the local population. The museums were transformed to provide modern presentations of the World Heritage in the Harz, without neglecting their local identity or specifics. The organizer of the project was the Foundation Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System, in short: Foundation for UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz.


You can find the museums that participated in the TRAFO project in the internet here:

Upper Harz Mining Museum
Knesebeck Shaft  
Samson Mine 


World Heritage in the Harz

A diverse World Heritage Site with numerous museum locations awaits your visit. And the Information Centre offers you the perfect introduction to the World Heritage Site Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System. Read more…

On the Move

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On our website you will find numerous suggestions for your tour of discovery – be inspired by the cultural diversity and the breathtaking landscapes of this unique mining region…


An overview of what the World Heritage has to offer

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