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. Photo: The Western Museum of Mining & Industry
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