New Mexico Mining Museum, Grants

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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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  • We visited with our children, ages 5, 8, 11, 12. We watched the short video, then entered the mine area. It was a self-guided tour, with buttons to push that told about the different details of the mi...  more »
  • Going "underground" was a hit with all the generations in our family. The people were exceedingly nice and helpful. The kids asked to go back the next day!  more »
  • This was a terrific mining exhibit. I loved it. Especially liked the part about how miners eat. Fascinating.  more »
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  • Interesting place, you can go down into the mine. The gentleman working there has over 40 years of mining experience. Very knowledgeable.
  • Had the opportunity to meet Jack when I brought my boyfriend to visit the museum from California. Always loved this place. Highly recommend visiting.
  • Very realistic replica of a uranium mine. Also mineral and ancient pottery displays. Great tour guides, and very friendly staff.
  • Interesting museum. Nicely done, simulated experience of being in a working mine
  • Wow, what a gem of a museum located off the beaten path in Grants, NM between Albuquerque and Gallup, NM. It is most absolutely interesting for having an underground self guided tour of a fully mocked up set of mining tunnels with all kinds of vintage mining equipment, appointed with the signage, power and lighting near exactly how it would look and feel within an actual uranium mine.

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