Explore the excitement of Colorado’s rich mining heritage and watch it come alive at the Museum that Works!
Hands On with fun exhibits
Come learn about the rocks you eat, experiment with gold panning, play with hands-on exhibits, dress up like a miner, visit our burros, Chism and Nugget, and see how families lived in the 1890s. The museum offers over 27 acres to see how turn-of-the-century miners timbered, drilled, blasted, mucked, and hauled ore from the mine to the stamp mill, where ore was crushed and processed. Daily tours, changing exhibits, guest lecturers, family exploration days, special exhibits, and more! Research Library available with reservation. There is something for guests of all ages.
The Western Museum of Mining and Industry has guided tours, special heritage lectures and revolving special exhibits. They operate one of the last functioning stamp mills in the worlds as well as hosting outstanding events like the Gem and Mineral Show and WMMI Harvest Festival.
The gift shop showcases an exciting assortment of exhibit-related merchandise, regional fine jewelry, and unique gifts for the history buff in your life. Our broad selection of books makes the gift shop the place for hard-to-find publications with a mining theme. The museum also publishes two books on area mining authored by area experts.
The museum library has been an integral component of our educational and scholarly activities from its inception in 1973. Featuring over 5,000 volumes of early mining practice to contemporary fiction, the museum’s library captures the great – and often surprising – riches of mining in the American West.