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Perfect for history buffs, rock hounds, geology fans and everyone in between, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry is a family-friendly attraction that is sure to inspire learning — and fun — on your next outing.

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There’s far more to mining than digging giant holes or finding pretty gems — which is what you’ll quickly discover when you visit the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Located just off of I-25 on North Gate Boulevard, this bustling museum is teeming with Colorado history, cool science and a whole lot of mining and mineral knowledge.

Come learn about the rocks you eat (yes — eat!), experiment with gold panning like the pioneers of old, play with hands-on exhibits, dress up like a miner, and see how families lived in the 1890s. Check out real mining equipment in action, including a ten-stamp ore mill. You can also wander outside and explore the museums 27 acres of equipment and informational exhibits.

You’ll discover 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. Mining is a significant part of the past, present and future of the United States and Colorado, and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry has thousands of artifacts that tell the incredible story of how it impacts daily life for everyone.

Tours run daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and they are free with your admission. There are lots of hands-on exhibits and activities for all ages to enjoy, making it a fun family outing with lots of learning as a bonus! Check out their family exploration days for even more kid-friendly, mining-themed activities like crafts, special exhibits and more.

Speaking of special exhibits, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry frequently hosts traveling attractions and events focused on mining, minerals and more — like the glittering and popular Gem and Mineral Show and the fall WMMI Harvest Festival. They also invite guest lecturers to speak on various topics throughout the year. One of the best kept secrets about the museum is its extensive research library which has 5,000 volumes of information on mining, history, geology and more (by reservation only).

Things to know

From $11 / person

Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Sun

*Updated with daily COVID info
Average time

2 hours

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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.

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

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

Located on 27 acres, with views of the front range, the museum grounds are the perfect place for a family reunion, wedding or special event, plus meeting spaces are available to meet a wide variety of needs. See the website for more details.


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