Western Museum

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

The Museum that Works!

225 North Gate Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80921 // View Map
719.488.0880 //
Hours: The Western Museum of Mining and Industry is open Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fast Facts

See the museum of mining that works!

The Western Museum of Mining and Industry brings the history of Mining to life for you through a variety of exhibits complete with daily guided tours included with admission.


Open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Children (3-12)


$9 $5 $7


Screenshot 2014-03-26 11.30.57The Western Museum of Mining and Industry is located right off of Interstate 25 at exit 156. Follow these directions or enter 225 North Gate Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80921 into your GPS or Phone.

Off Interstate 25:

– I-25 to Exit 156 (Opposite the North Entrance to the United States Air Force Academy).
– Head East and the entrance to the museum is immediately East of the highway interchange.



Fast Facts

  • Located right across I-25 from the Air Force Academy at Exit 156
  • Daily guided tours at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • $8 Adult, $4 Child (3-12) and $6 Senior
  • Military and Student discounts available


  • See how rescue workers saved 33 Chilean Miners and experience the tight fit!
  • See the Corliss Engine steam engine create 500 horsepower with a 37-ton flywheel!


The Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Come learn about the rocks you eat, experiment with gold panning, play with hands-on exhibits, dress up like a miner, 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 at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long has the Mining museum been around?

The Museum of the West was incorporated in 1970 as a private non-profit with a mission to preserve and interpret the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West.

Can i rent space at the museum for an event?

Yes! The museum makes a wonderful location with an exciting environment for any special occasion. Head to their website for details on how to make a reservation.

Do I need to call ahead for a guided tour?

No need to call ahead of time! The museum has two guided tours every day; one at 10 am and one at 1 pm.

Can I bring my class to the museum for a field trip?

Yes, the Western Museum loves having students come visit! Please call the museum at (719) 488-0880 to schedule your trip.


Click here to head to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry’s Visitor Information Page.

Plan & Purchase

Plan your Pikes Peak vacation

We're working on additional tools to help you plan your trip. Let us know what type of planning and purchasing resources you would like to see.


Attraction Categories

More Like This