Mining Museums and Tours

There are opportunities all over the country to visit mines and mining museums and learn more about U.S. mining. The following lists information on mining tours and museums in the United States and Canada.

If you have information on a mining tour, museum or other educational resource that you would like to share contact:

Luke Popovich
(202) 463-2620

Alaska

Fort Knox Gold Mine
15 Miles North of Fairbanks, Alaska

For information and to schedule a tour call (907) 488-GOLD(4653). May through September only. Admission, free educational groups only, advance reservation required.

As the largest operating gold mine in Alaska, Fort Knox has a unique opportunity to showcase the results of today’s gold mining.

Usibelli Coal Mine
Healy, Alaska

Tours are available during summer months by appointment. For tour information, call 907-683-2226.

This giant mine along the Nenana River feeds six power plants in Interior Alaska and ships 750,000 tons of coal down the Alaska Railroad to Seward.

Information on Mining Tours in Alaska

This page lists many of the exciting tours offered in Alaska. It also includes phone numbers for more information and admission costs.

Arizona

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
1502 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ
602-255-3791

Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm., Sat, 11am-4pm.

Free Admission Extensive collection of mineral specimens. Historic headframe and mine train.

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
1421 W Pima Mine Road Sahuarita, AZ 85629
(520) 625-7513

Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm

Open Pit Mine & mill tour rates: Adults $6; Children $4

No charge to the Mineral Discovery Center exhibits & theater. Open-pit mine & mill tours available, exhibits on geology, mining & uses of minerals; historic & present-day mining equipment, view videos, gift shop.

Copper Queen Mine Underground Tour
118 Arizona Street Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-2071 1-866-432-2071

Daily tours: 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 2:00, 3:30, Adults: $8.00 Youth (7-11): $3.50 Children (3-6) : $2.00 Children under 3 : free

Explore one of the oldest copper mines in Arizona. Former miners show how turn-of-the-century mines were operated. Avg. temperature in mine 47 degrees.

Copper Queen Mine Tours B (Historic District and Surface Mine Tours)
118 Arizona Street Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-2071 1-866-432-2071

Daily tours: 10:30am, noon, 2pm, 3:30 pm Tour Price: $7.00, children under 3 are free.

This is a narrated van tour that takes you to the leaching plant, mine shafts, atop dumps, around the perimeter of the pit, and through the city as turn-of-the-century architecture.

Phelps Dodge Bagdad
Contact: Bob Delgado at 928-633-3490

Phelps Dodge arranges tours for individuals and groups.

Canada

Estevan Mine
For more information contact: Estevan Tourism (306) 634-6044

Free tour, please call 306-643-6044 for more information. The Shand Power Plant provides a free guided mine / power plant tour. The mine runs two tours daily, in the morning and the afternoon. The tours can accommodate groups of twelve.

Colorado

Lebanon Mine
1106 Rost St. Georgetown, CO

1-800-691-4FUN 303-569-2403 (Accessible only aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad)

9:20-4pm Daily Adults $6 for mine tour plus $14.40 for train. Children 3-15 are $4 plus $9.50 for train. The mine tour is available via the Georgetown Loop Railroad except the last departure of the day.

National Mining Museum
120 W. 9th St. Leadville, CO
(719) 486-3927

Summer (May-October): 9-5, daily Winter (November-April): 10-2pm., Mon. thru Fri. Adults (12+): $4 Seniors (62+): $3.50 Children (6-11): $2 Children under six: Free

Converted school offers 12 rooms of displays, models, mine replicas, historic photographs and other mining treasures. Spectacular mineral collection.

Old One Hundred Mine
PO Box 430 Silverton, CO 81433
1-800-872-3009

Daily tours: 10am-4pm. Adults: $13.95 Children (5-12): $6.95 Under 5 (held on lap): Free Seniors (60+): $12.95

Children on tour can pan free for silver and gold in Old Hundred sluice box. Tours run about 55 minutes. Picnic area, snacks and gift shop.

Museum on Mining and Industry
1025 N. Gate Rd. Colorado Springs, CO
(719) 488-0880

Mon-Sat: 9-4pm. Adults: $7 Senior and Students: $5 Children (5-12)$3 Under 3: free with paid adult.

Museum collects, restores and display mining artifacts. Actual operation of steam engines, drills, pumps and other mining equipment. Four museum buildings and outdoor displays.

Idaho

Crystal Gold Mine
51931 Silver Valley Road Kellog, ID
(208) 783-GOLD

9-6pm daily. Seniors: $8.50 Adults: $10

Tour an authentic 1880s underground gold mine. See crystal and stalactite formations; mining artifacts.

Sierra Silver Mine Underground Tour
420 5th St. Wallace, ID
(208) 752-5151

Daily every 30 minutes, 9-4. (July & August until 6 p.m.) (No Children Under 4) 1 hour 15 minutes Adults,$8; Seniors,$7; Children, 4-16, $6.50. Children (6-11): $2 Children under six: Free

Trolley takes you to the minesite. An experienced miner guides you as you witness exhibits, methods & techniques for hard-rock silver mining.

Western Wallace District Mining Museum
509 Bank St. Wallace, ID
(208) 556-1592

(July-August) 8-8, daily. Adults, $2; Seniors $1.50; Children $.50 See artifacts from historic silver and mining era.

Illinois

Museum of Science and Industry
57th and Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL
(773) 684-1414

May 30-Sept 4- 9:30-5:50 daily. Adults: $9 Seniors: $7.50 Children (3-11): $5

Visit the Old Ben #17 Coal mine shaft and learn about the development, and history of coal and coal mining.

Kansas

Kansas Underground Salt Museum
Hutchinson, Kansas
(620) 662-1425, Toll Free: 866-755-3450

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Winter Hours: Tuesday-Friday Open 9-5 Tours for General Public at 10:00, 11:40, 1:00, 3:00 Additional times offered as demand requires. Please check the web site for Summer hours $13.50 - Regular Ticket $8.50 - Children 4 – 12 Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the mine.

Visitors who bring a Cosmosphere ticket stub from the past 30 days receive a discount to the Kansas Underground Salt Musuem. Visitors can also redeem their ticket from the Salt Museum at the Cosmosphere for a discounted admission.

Kentucky

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum
Benham, KY and Lynch, KY
(606) 848-1530

Mon-Sat: 10-5 Sun: 1-4pm Adults: $5 Children: $2.50 Seniors: $4

Guided or self-guided tours available; you'll get a feel for what it was like to live, work, and play at these unique camps in Benham and Lynch.

Michigan

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Michigan Tech 1400 Townsend Dr.
5th Floor EERC Bldg. Houghton, MI

Mon - Fri: 9-4:30 Sat: noon-4

Free admission, donations accepted. Famous for world-class collection of Lake Superior copper and iron district minerals. 60,000 specimens from around the world.

Minnesota

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
PO Box 404 Ironton, MN 56455
(218) 546-5926

Daily 8am-4pm Check website for further details.

Tour the Croft Mine historical park, with its historic buildings, underground iron mine tour, museum and gift shop, as well as other recreational activities such as fishing, and canoeing.

Hill Annex Mine State Park
PO Box 376 Calumet, MN 55716
(218) 247-7215

Daily 9am-5pm Check website for further details.

Tour of iron ore mine and facilities (museum, historic site, picnic area, scenic overlook, fossil hunt, and gift shop).

Iron World Discovery Center
Highway 169 West Chisolm, MN

Daily 9:30-5pm Adults: $8 Seniors: $7 Students: $6 Family Pass: $30 Children under 7: Free

Dramatic glass and steel museum perched on open pit iron mine. Relates iron mining history through lifelike displays and audio, including living history tapes.

Minnesota Museum of Mining
900 Lake Street West Chisolm, MN 55719
(218) 254-5543

Memorial Day-Labor Day: 9am-6pm Adults: $3 Family: $8.00 Students: $2 Special requests and tours available Group reservations call: 218-254-7158

View the museum's historic mining equipment, simulated underground mine, gift shop and event grounds.

Soudan Underground Mine State Park
P.O. Box 335 Soudan, MN 55782
Phone (218) 753-2245 Fax (218) 753-2246

Please see website for more information. We offer an underground tour of the mine, which takes visitors 2341 feet below the surface, and then 3/4 of a mile to the stope area.

Taconite Mine Tours
Hibbing, Taconite is located near Chisolm on Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range.

Wed. & Thur: noon. Advance reservations are encouraged. Contact Ironworld Discovery Center. Children must be 10 years or older and accompanied by an adult. Admission: $6 per person. Please see website for more information.

You'll visit the mine, the concentrator & the agglomerator. Slacks & comfortable shoes are recommended. Hard hats, safety glasses and earplugs will be furnished.

Missouri

Missouri Mines State Historic Site
St. Joe State Park in Old Lead Belt, Southeast Missouri
(573) 431-6226

Mon-Sat: 10-4 Sun: 12-7pm Adults: $2 Children 6-12: $1.25 Under 6: Free Groups of 15+: Adults: $1; Children: $.50. Check website for more information.

On weekends, a miner--retired from the property--is present for tours. 12-minute film from St. Joe Lead Co., which had operated the site.

Tri-State Mineral Museum
Schifferdecker Park corner of 7th and Chifferdecker Ave. Joplin, MI
(417) 623-2341

Open year round Mon-Sat: 10-5 Sun: 2-5pm Adults: $2 Family rate: $5 Group rates available Free admission on Tuesdays For more information or to schedule a group tour, please contact the Museum at 417-623-2341.

Mineral specimens and memorabilia focusing on mining and minerals in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Montana

World Museum of Mining
155 Museum Way
P.O. Box 33
Butte, Montana 59703
406-723-7211 (April 1 – October 31)

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30)
$7 adults, $5 13-17 years old, $2 5-12 years old, $6 Seniors over 65
School groups $2 per person.

Guides for tours of the museum can be arranged at $25 plus admission. One-day mining history and geology trips, escorted by a geologist, available summer 2004.

One of very few mining museums on the site of an underground metal mine. Extensive collection of artifacts in outdoor mine yard, including original 100-foot-high headframe of Orphan Girl mine; museum in Orphan Girl hoist room. Geology & Mining History talks available most summer afternoons; Lecture Series in summer and fall. Thousands of period artifacts in Hellroaring Gulch, 1890's mining town with 50 buildings; Garrett mineral collection. Special Events, educational programs, and outreach available.

North Dakota

Beulah Mine
Beulah, ND

Tours available by appointment. Call Dakota Westmoreland Corporation in Beulah at (701) 873-4333

Owned and operated by the Dakota Westmoreland Corporation, Beulah, ND. Supplies lignite to the Coyote Station and Heskett Station. Domestic lignite also available.

Center Mine
Center, ND

Tours available by appointment Monday through Friday. Contact the mine at (701) 794-8734.

Owned and operated by BNI Coal, Ltd., Center, ND (a subsidiary of Minnesota Power, Duluth, MN). Supplies lignite to the Milton R. Young Station, Center, ND.

Falkirk Mine
Underwood, ND

Tours available by appointment Monday through Friday (24-hour notice required). Contact Falkirk at (701) 442-5751.

Operated by The Falkirk Mining Company (a subsidiary of The North American Coal Corporation, Dallas, TX), Underwood, ND. Supplies lignite to the Coal Creek Station.

Freedom Mine
Beulah, ND

Tours available Monday-Friday by appointment (24-hour notice required).
Call Coteau at (701) 873-2281.

Supplies lignite to the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, Antelope Valley Station, Leland Olds Station and Stanton Station. The largest lignite mine in the United States, operating two 120-cubic-yard draglines and a fleet of 200-ton overburden trucks. 

Nevada

W.M. Keck Museum
Mackay School of Mines
University of Nevada, Reno
(775) 784-4528

Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed weekends and university holidays. Group tours available - please call for appointments. Admission is free.

Founded in 1908, this museum hosts a spectacular collection of minerals, rocks, fossils and mining artifacts. Exhibits span three floors.

Barrick Gold of North America
Community Relations
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(775) 748-1000

Group tour requests are accommodated when possible.
Reservations are required; please give 6-8 weeks advance notice. Inquire via email or phone.

Tours are arranged by inquiry and site visited and areas toured will be determined by the topic(s) of interest for the inquiring group.

McCaw School of Mines
Henderson, NV
703-779-8930

Call 702-779-8930 for further information, or visit their website.

4,500 sq. ft. structure portrays the history & importance of mining in Nevada. Includes a simulated tunnel connecting 4 interior alcoves that depict: historical mining, mining in Nevada, geology & minerals and modern day mining. The McCaw School of Mines is an introduction to mining for elementary school students.

Newmont Mining Corporation
Elko, Nevada
702-635-4302

Second Tuesday of the month throughout the season
Depart 9 a.m. from museum; returns to museum at noon. 12 & up only.
Call 702-635-4302 for information. Reservations required 24 hours in advance.

Tour the Newmont Mining Corporation, the largest gold producer in North America and second largest in the world.

Tonopah Historic Mining Park
located on a hillside above Tonopah, NV
(775) 482-9274

Walking tours conducted on weekends and by appointment. Call 1-775-482-9274 for information and reservations.

Visit 80 acres of century-old mining works; many of the buildings house original equipment. Tour the Visitors Center which is filled with mining info. Gold and silver deposit started the first great mining camp of 20th century.

Newmont Mining Corporation
Winnemucca, Nevada
(775) 635-4302

Tours offered on the third Thursday of each month. Tours depart from the Lone Tree mine at 9:00 a.m. and return at noon. 12 & up only.

Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. Long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Call (775) 635-4302 for reservations or more information.

Newmont Mining Corporation
Elko, Nevada
(775) 778-4068

Tours offered on the second Tuesday of the month, April through October. Tours depart from the Northeastern Nevada Museum at 9:00 a.m. and return at noon. 12 & up only.

Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. Closed-toe shoes required. Call (775) 778-4068 for reservations or more information. 

New Jersey

Sterling Hill Mine and Mining Museum
20 Plant St.
Ogdensburg, NJ
973-209-7212

Apr-Now: Daily tours, 11am
July-Aug: Daily tours at 1 pm & 3pm.
Adults: $9, Seniors: $8, Children: $6

Extensive and interesting mining memorabilia in museum; mine displays beautiful fluorescent minerals for which the mine is famous. 

New Mexico

Grants Mining Museum
100 N. Iron Ave.
Grants, NM
1-800-748-2142
505-287-4802

Mon-Sat: 9-4, closed Sun
Adults: $3, Children 7-18: $2, Under 7: Free

Groups and tour guides by appointment. Please call 1-800-748-2142 or 505-287-4802, or visit their website for more information. Tour the only uranium mining museum in the world. Underground conditions are recreated and domed in white stone and glass museum. Gems & minerals displayed from around the world. 

Pennsylvania

Windber Coal Heritage Center
501 15th Street
Windber, PA 15963-0115
Phone: (814) 467-6680
Toll-free: (877) 826-3933
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Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm. Operating Season: Wednesday, May 1 - Wednesday, October 31 (often extended through Dec. 31st)

The Windber Coal Heritage Center tells the story of a unique kind of community in our country - a community which was created and maintained by industry, devoted to serving that industry and the people it employed.

Pennsylvania State Univ. Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery
112 Steidle Bldg.
Pollock Rd State College, PA
814-865-6427

Free admission. Mon-Fri: 9-5pm, Sat-Sun: 1-5pm. Tour the museum's fine display of minerals, fossils & artifacts. A most extensive collection of paintings and sculpture depicting mining and related industries. 

Texas

Mining Heritage Exhibit at the Chihuahua Desert Research Institute and Nature Preserve
(432) 364-2499

Open all year; adimission is free. Guides can be arranged by calling the CDRI at 505-364-2499.

Constructed by a group of Mining Engineers and Geologists who were classmates at Texas Western College (now UTEP) 1957-1961, the idea is to show how small-scale mining would have been carried out in the Chihuahua Desert, which includes West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico in the old days.

In addition to an 18-ft. high head frame and 50 ft. of track for small ore cars, a pavilion houses many exhibits like drills, carbide lamps, old mine maps and photos, and relics used with explosives. There are also piles of boulders of several ores which have been mined in the region.

It is a great education exhibit for school children and senior groups, and admission is free.

Washington, D.C.

Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology Gems and Minerals
Smithonian National Museum of Natural History
Washington DC
202-357-2700

Free Admission. Open 10am-5:30 daily. From the Hope Diamond to the walk-through mine (funded by members of National Mining Association), experience the finest gem and mineral collection and interactive, educational exhibits. 

West Virginia

Exhibition Coal Mine
New River Park
Beckley, WV
304-256-1747

Tours 10am-5:30pm. Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Children 4-12: $5, Children under 4: Free Includes underground mine tour and surface buildings. Shows low-seam coal mine from its earliest manual stages to modern mechanized operation. 

Wisconsin

The Mining Museum
For more information contact:
City of Platteville Museum Department
405 East Main Street, P.O. Box 780
Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 348-3301

Admission (for both the Mining Museum and the Rollo Jamison Museum): Adult: $7, Seniors: $6.30, Children 5-15: $3, Children under 5: free

Traces the development of lead and zinc mining in the Upper Mississippi Valley through models, dioramas, artifacts & photographs. 

Wyoming

Black Thunder mine

Call for more information; please call to determine if a group tour can be scheduled in June, July or August 2009.

Near Gillette, WY. Call for tour information: (307) 464-2201

Foundation Coal West, Inc.
For more information, contact:
Gillette Convention and Visitor's Bureau
1810 S. Douglas Highway, #A
Gillette, WY 82718
307-686-0040

Call for more information, or visit the website. Learn about the coal mining industry in Campbell County (Gillette, WY) which provides over 30% of the United States coal for electrical power generation. 

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