Kohtla Mining Park-Museum
Kohtla Mine was founded in 1937. The sorting of burning stone from the stones happened by hand work without any machines. Men worked mainly underground and women in the sorting tower. The mine differed from other mines because it dug oil shale from both above and underground at the same time. Kohtla Mine was closed on 1st of April 2001. Since autumn of the same year a Mining Park-Museum was opened.
The museum provides a good overview of the mining and use of oil shale, Estonia´s most important mineral resource. The guided tour takes you to mining tunnels located 8 meters below the ground surface. Different mining technologies and equipment will be demonstrated to you underground. You also will be offered a ride on the underground train- the same train that once transported miners to their workplaces.