Credit: MNM

On Tuesday 25 October 2022, the National Iron Mining Museum (Musée National des Mines de Fer Luxembourgeoises - MNM) in Rumelange presented its new “Digital visit to the mine” in prescence of the Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and the Minister for Tourism, Lex Delles.

The Mayor of the City of Rumelange, Henri Haine, Alderman of the City of Rumelange, Gérard Jeitz, the Vice Presidents of the MNM, Raymond Hoffmann and Denis Klein, Manager at MNM, Raffaella Campobasso, and several collaborators of the Museum were also present during the presentation.

The concept was developed and imaged by the Luxembourg startup "Virtual Rangers" founded in 2017. Matthieu Bracchetti and Carole Battarel gave an introduction and a demonstration of the new concept of visiting the underground mine.

The new digital visit allows visitors to discover the collections of the Mining Museum (from 1870-1997) via iPad tablets.

Designed as a complement to the traditional visit, the digital visit also makes it possible to integrate new content. Visitors will be able, for example, to attend a 1935 speech in parliament by the miner and deputy, Jean-Pierre Bausch, to understand the support systems of the galleries with the help of an animated diagram, to see in action the machines stopped since a long time, to follow the geological evolution of the region of “Minett”.

Minister Delles underlined the importance of the industrial history of Luxembourg which would greatly contribute to remembrance tourism. "I salute these new virtual reality instruments which bring machines and men to life in a certain way", said Minister Delles, adding that the MNM is now using new technologies for tourism which highlight the industrial history of the country in an innovative way.