Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Colorado Springs

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Relive America's mining heritage at Western Museum of Mining and Industry, which caters to every age with its interactive exhibits, guided tours, and a range of educational events and activities. The museum displays all kinds of mining equipment, restored and operational steam engines, and scale models of mills and mines. Outdoor exhibits feature a working stamp mill and a steam shovel, a giant steam-powered machine used to lift and move soil and rocks. The onsite gift shop offers exhibit-related merch, regional jewelry, and a variety of gift ideas for mining history buffs. Make Western Museum of Mining and Industry a centerpiece of your Colorado Springs vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker site .
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  • means and methods of mining explained and materials used are nicely displayed. very friendly staff and interesting collection of machinery  more »
  • This place is run by a bunch of rude old men. The museum is tiny without much to see. Save your money.  more »
  • This is a DIY museum, created and run by volunteers who are fascinated by the local mining history, so don't expect any slick new displays. However, the museum has a great collection of authentic equi...  more »
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  • Amazing place to visit. Very well laid out design, easy to go thru. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. While we were there we were able to see some of their machines in action and learn even more about them. Easy on the pocketbook as well. Every year they host Haunted Mines and donate all the money to charity.
  • Great museum that details the historical engineering resources utilized for mining. The museum is family friendly with gold panning and interactive displays and working machinery. If you wish to see many of the engines working be sure to wait for a tour group.
  • We attended the museum today as a last minute trip. Our guide was Audrey and she was phenomenal! She really engaged my children and made the tour extremely educational AND fun. The facts and history were really easy for them to understand and they had a blast with all of the hands on activities. We enjoyed panning for gold, watching and listening to all of the working machinery, going through the replica mine, and hearing about how the miners mined around Colorado. The kids also enjoyed a scavenger hunt at the end. We spent 2 hours there and I wish we could have stayed longer because there were still so many things to see and read. We will be planning another visit and really enjoyed the tour and time spent sharing the wealth of history and knowledge.
  • great experience. It staff were very helpful and friendly. My visit was very informative.
  • Wonderful outing and educational experience! Staff is great and friendly with amazing machinery demonstrations. Wildlife and gift shop optional!

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