Don a hard hat and board a steep funicular to descend into a warren of tunnels and chambers. My kids were shocked to learn from our passionate guide Val, whose family worked in the mine, about the conditions in which workers toiled, often from the age of seven, spending 12 hours a day in semi-darkness, inhaling lethal dust. Projections onto invisible screens using iPads and the chance to set off your own explosion bring it all to life.
More info: £20 per person (£5 discount when you buy three tickets, including a child).
Satellite exhibitions explain the ship’s salvage and reconstruction, along with the vessel’s human stories. The Elsewhere in the 17th Century display puts this tall ship tale in its historical context. From skeletal bones to weighty ballast, this has to be one of the most complete nautical stories ever told.
More info: Adults, SEK130 (£11); under-18s, free.
Some displays are inset into the floor, with uniforms, weapons and possessions laid out, to help convey that these were real human beings who lived real lives — not just names on a list of the dead.
Books and toys from the era, including trench football pinball, show how the conflict and its related propaganda infected daily life. A new app helps the over-8s make the most of the museum, in languages including English.
More info: Adults, €9 (£7); children (ages 7–15), €4.50 (£3.50); family ticket (2 adults, 2 children), €24 (£27).
Published in the Summer 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller Family (UK)