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Gold panning Centre

Taking its inspiration from the days when the gold-bearing waters of the Segre River were worked, visitors may try their luck at panning for gold, just like an old-time prospector.

Taking its inspiration from the days when the gold-bearing waters of the Segre River were worked, visitors may try their luck at panning for gold, just like an old-time prospector.

The Segre Gold Interpretative Centre explains not only the history of gold mining from the waters of the river Segre but also allows the visitor to experience something of what it was like to be a real gold prospector. In a woodland setting by the river, with the water running in the background, the different information panels and glass cases show the process of gold prospecting and gold processing on the Segre, during the Al-Andalus period, and, later, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The panning for gold is carried out in a space where the water from the river can be sifted with a gold pan, a type of colander with small holes. The visitor learns how to separate the gold from the sand so as to extract the tiny grains of pure gold, which can be taken home. The centre has a special area for children, where the experience of searching and panning for gold is explained through legends and stories inspired by this precious metal throughout the ages.

SPACES

<p>The display area presents a tour of the gold operations on the Segre River throughout history</p>
Gold production in the Segre River
Gold production in the Segre River
<p>Ponds are used for gold hunting workshops using a pan</p>
Gold panning workshops
Gold panning workshops

OBJECTS

<p>Gold nuggets from the Segre River near Balaguer</p>
Gold nuggets
Gold nuggets
<p>Reproduction of a gold disc with the application of an oval face</p>
Disc of gold with oval face
Disc of gold with oval face
<p>The pan allows the gold to be separated from the other minerals</p>
Pan
Pan

MAP

INFORMATION

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TELEPHONE
WEBSITE
http://www.museucn.com/
OPENING TIMES
EMAIL
ordelsegre@balaguer.cat
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