National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
What would it be like to work in a mine, blasting rock in narrow passageways deep underground? You can imagine it at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum. Tour replicas of caves and mines, check out the masks past miners wore to breathe and the carbide lamps that lit their way, and see photos of the people who’ve run American mines for decades. Buy your ticket online today!
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Special Exhibit – Pioneering the Field: Women in Mining
Leadville’s own Brenda Miller, who worked at the nearby Climax Mine, was selected. Come learn about the impressive contributions of these women. The exhibit opens Saturday, May 22, 2022.
Special Exhibit: Mining & Baseball
“Miner Leaguers: Mining and the Great American Pastime” explores the unexpected relationship between mining and baseball. Did you know that baseball was the after-work game of choice for miners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? Mining companies even supported the teams by buying uniforms and equipment, providing easier jobs for good players, and hiring former pro and semi-pro players. See vintage equipment and uniforms, historic photos, a video on West Virginia coal-town teams, and text in English and Spanish.
Fun for Kids
Children love the dioramas of miners hacking at hillsides, the life-size miner and burro in a walk-through coal mine, and the fluorescent rocks dug from the earth. A model train layout showing how railroads moved ore is fun for kids of all ages.
Gems and Gold
Then explore what mining produces, from gems and precious metals like gold to the minerals you use in everyday life. A special exhibit on molybdenum, still mined at the Climax mine just north of town on Highway 91 at Fremont Pass, shows you how this mineral is used to strengthen steel in cars and everyday household items.
Known as the “Smithsonian of the Rockies,” the nonprofit National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered the discovery, development, and processing of our nation’s natural resources. Through three levels of exhibits, you will be immersed in the story of mining.
The museum and gift shop are open year ’round. See our current hours.
Come See Us, Safely!
Visitors are asked to wear a face covering, wash hands, maintain at least six feet of distance from other visitors.
Visiting from Home?
Please follow us on Facebook for fascinating mining info and explore our virtual exhibits. Hear firsthand stories of Leadville miners. Learn about the future of copper and the history of gold in America. And meet the characters of Leadville’s California Gulch!