The Oreburgh Mining Museum (Japanese: クロガネたんこうはくぶつかんKurogane Mine Museum) is a museum located in Oreburgh City, Sinnoh. It is a large museum that contains rare displays and attractions about coal mining and the Oreburgh Mine. Its primary importance is the resurrection of Fossils, which is done with the help of the man near the counter. The Oreburgh Mining Museum's motto is "Coal Mining and You".
In the games
The interior of the Oreburgh Mining Museum
The Oreburgh Mining Museum is a large, one floor museum that contains many visual displays as well as facts about coal and the Oreburgh Mine. There is also a man at the front desk that will revive Fossils in the party for free. Unlike some other museums, entry to the Oreburgh Mining Museum is free of charge.
The Oreburgh Mining Museum hosts a wide array of different displays and attractions. There is a large slab of coal located near the entry, in front of the information desk. It was carried to the museum from the Oreburgh Mine by a strong Pokémon. Next to the front desk, is a sign that states some fact, about the Oreburgh Mine extending under the seafloor. On the right of that is a glass cabinet displaying how coal is made:
"In a time long before history, vegetative matter was swept along by rain and rivers. It came to be buried under the ground. The buried plant matter was forced ever deeper under the ground due to tremors and fissures caused by the shifting landmasses. Deep under the ground, the plant matter was subjected to heavy pressure and the heat of magma. It gradually turned into coal."
Below that is a section containing displays of past underground headlamps, scarred wooden tools from the olden days, and everyday items and tools. There are also samples of coal from different regions and boxes containing categorized samples of coal.
The Oreburgh Mining Museum's primary importance is the resurrection of Fossils, which is done with the help of the man near the counter. He will be able to revive these Fossils for free but only one at a time. He is very bossy, annoyed when the player comes by too early or late, and gets disappointed when the player doesn't give him a Fossil. He will not revive any Fossils until the player obtains the Explorer Kit.
If the player comes up to him with a Fossil, he will turn it into a Pokémon, but he will need some time to extract it first. When the player comes back, he will have the new Pokémon ready for the player.
The Oreburgh Mining Museum is a top tourism destination, renowned for its extensive Fossil and coal exhibits. It is also a research facility which works alongside the local Oreburgh Mine, which includes a Fossil research laboratory with revitalizing technology and an ecodome to house the Fossil Pokémon.
In A Gruff Act to Follow!, Team Rocket, disguised as scientists visited the Oreburgh Mining Museum in an attempt to learn about its rumored Fossil revitalization program. They encountered the museum's Director, Dr. Kenzo, who offered to take the trio on a guided tour after mistaking them for world-renowned experts. Team Rocket were thrilled to learn of the museum fossil revitalizing machines, and put a plan into action to steal one for themselves.
Dr. Kenzo and his staff discovered the heist in Wild in the Streets!. Unfortunately, a Fossil was also being revitalized by the stolen machine, which turned out to be an Aerodactyl. The Aerodactyl went on a rampage across Oreburgh City, damaging the museum and consequently freeing a Kabutops and Armaldo. The Fossil Pokémon rampage was brought to an end thanks to Dawn and Roark's newly evolvedRampardos helped Dr. Kenzo recover the stolen machine from Team Rocket.