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New Mexico Mining Museum, Grants

Categories: Specialty Museums, Mines, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
The mission of the NMMM is to preserve the rich historical legacy of mining and the related culture of Grants/Cibola County and to promote its significant mining heritage by educating the public.

The initial boom in the Grants area started soon after Paddy Martinez, a Navajo sheepherder, found uranium-bearing outcrops in the Todilto Limestone Member of the Wanakah Formation at the foot of Haystack Butte in the spring of 1950.

Major Mining Companies: Kerr-McGee Corp. Homestake Mining Co. Anaconda Mining Co. United Nuclear Co. later mining companies, Chevron, and Conoco.
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  • Take a trip through a mine to get knowledge of what our uranium miners went through! Our grandchildren have done the tour and loved it as have former miners. 
  • I had no idea what to expect. The Displays with Detailed Information on Each Exhibit was informative yet easy for the Non Geologists person to understand. My Apprehension about going under ground was ...  read more »
  • This was great. They had a replica mine that was very well done. Staff was wonderful, they had a school trip while we were there and they gave us a head start so we could enjoy and take our time. Lots...  read more »
  • I'd lived in Grants for years and only visited as a tourist years later. The museum is thoughtful, we'll put together and I certainly learned more about mining, Grants and the history of the area. It's not a huge location and absolutely worth it if you are in town.
  • Its very cool experience an you walk through the whole experience with an experienced miner who has won a saftey award displayed right there in the museum. I would go again i in joyed it so much
  • The museum itself has wonderful pieces, photo and video of mining and the area. When you go underground, each station depicts a different step in the uranium mining process, with a push button audio system which describes the details. And if you are really lucky, mining retiree Jack Farley will be there to act as a live tour guide. A Korean War veteran, Jack was a miner for 43 years and he really brings the history of mining to life. Learned a lot here, very enjoyable. to life.
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