Francis’ Shaft is a great trip for all technical enthusiasts and younger children. It is an important building renovated into a museum dedicated to the mining culture in Idrija. Around 30 different machines, which were used in the Idrija Mercury Mine are exhibited here.
Among the most incredible machines in Francis’ Shaft are:
Although the building of Francis’ Shaft is well worth visiting on the inside, it is also quite a look on the outside. It was once a very important mining building and it was named after Franz II, Emperor of Austria.
It is also the oldest preserved building of the Idrija Mercury Mine.
Francis' Shaft is located about 200 meters from the Mestni trg Square and about 200 meters from the Tourist Office Centre (TIC). It is accessible by car, bike and in a walkable distance from the city centre.