The Western Museum of Mining & Industry

The Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs is dedicated to educating the public about the history of mining in Western American and the important role it played in the development of society as we know it today. The mission of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry is to collect, restore, exhibit and interpret a variety of artifacts relating to mining, metallurgy and their support industries and to encourage the wider community to take an interest in the fascinating field of mining. The Western Museum of Mining & Industry


»History

History


The history of mining is brought to life through an array of informative, interpretive and entertaining exhibits, displays and presentations, as well as daily docent-led guided tours that give visitors an in-depth insight into the industry.

Established in 1970 as the Museum of the West to preserve the rich history of mining in Colorado and the American West, the Museum was later renamed the Western Museum of Mining & Industry in 1972 and has been educating people about mining in the region ever since. The Museum features 27-acre exhibit site with indoor and outdoor areas, which includes a multi-purpose center and theater, a ten-stamp ore mill, and a research library with over 5,000 volumes. The Museum is home to more than 4,000 mining-related artifacts and items that were once and still are used in mining and industrial technology, and geology. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Museum of Mining & Industry - Photo: The Western Museum of Mining & Industry

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»Collections & Education

Collections & Education


The Western Museum of Mining and Industry features a variety of mining-related equipment, machinery, and artifacts, including steam engines, antique mining equipment, pneumatic machines, scale models of mines and mills, and a recreation of an old assay office. Outdoor exhibits include a steam shovel, an operating stamp mill for gold ore and live burros (donkeys).

The Western Museum of Mining and Industry offers a range of educational programs, classes, camps and lectures for both students and adults. Adult programs include the Heritage Lecture Series, which offers lectures of the highest quality by world-class speakers and experts in the field. The lectures complement the Museum’s exhibitions and its permanent collection and are held four times a year.

Family Exploration Days offers fun ways for families to explore the museum together with a variety of inter-generational activities, adventures, and challenges. Family Exploration Days are run by the Museum three times a year in conjunction with the museum's exhibitions.

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry offers educational and entertaining experiences for high school students through guided or self-guided tours. Tours are customized to suit students' educational needs and consist of three components - mining techniques, The Industrial Revolution, and a movie about the history of mining and the impact it is in daily life. The first section of mining techniques includes highlighting the process of hard rock mining and how gold is panned. Visitors can witness a 37-ton Corliss Steam Engine in operation, discover what rocks humans can eat, learn how to pan for gold, and visit with the Museum’s live donkeys. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Museum of Mining & Industry - Photo: The Western Museum of Mining & Industry

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»Visitor Information

Visitor Information


The Western Museum of Mining & Industry at 225 North Gate Boulevard in Colorado Springs and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Daily guided tours are offered at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and are free with admission to the facility and the Museum Gift Shop sells an assortment of exhibit-related merchandise, books, fine jewelry, and unique gifts. The museum library features more than 5,000 volumes ranging from books on early mining practice to contemporary fiction about the riches of mining in the American West. There are picnic spots dotted around the 27 acres of the Museum’s grounds which can be enjoyed by families and friends.

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry can be rented for special occasions, social gatherings, and celebrations. The Museum offers a unique and unusual environment in which to celebrate, surrounded by a spectacular backdrop of working 19th-century steam engines and antique mining equipment with an atmosphere like no other. The Museum also offers a range of services and event planning staff to help with every detail from on-site catering, event set-up and break-down and event management.

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225 North Gate Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 | Exit 156 and East from I-25, website, Phone: 719-488-0880 Colorado Springs, CO: Western Museum of Mining & Industry - Photo: The Western Museum of Mining & Industry

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