National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
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The Smithsonian of the Rockies:
Visit the National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame; explore the historic Matchless Mine and Baby Doe’s Cabin
Located in the 1880s silver-mining boomtown of Leadville, at the top of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, the 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. It is the only federally chartered, non-profit mining museum, whose mission is to tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American public.
THE MUSEUM: What would it be like to work in a mine, blasting rock in narrow passageways deep underground? Find out at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can tour replicas of underground mines and crystal caves, check out the equipment miners wear to breathe, and see photos of people who have worked in American mines over the decades. Then explore what mining produces from gems and precious metals to the minerals you use in everyday life. Housed in Leadville's old high school building, it is the showcase of American mining. Visitors enjoy 25,000 square feet of detailed dioramas depicting the early days of mining, a fabulous collection of minerals, and an exhibit of everyday things and the role mining plays in their manufacture.
NATIONAL MINING HALL OF FAME: The National Mining Hall of Fame is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered the discovery, development and processing of our nation's natural resources. Its biographical plaques memorialize for history the prospectors, miners, engineers, teachers, financiers, inventors, geologists, pioneers, and rascals who have been leaders and visionaries in the mining industry.
GIFT SHOP: The Gift Shop is your stop for fine mementos, unique gifts, and entertaining books on mining and the Colorado mountains. The selection of children's items will entertain for hours. The large selection of fine jewelry and minerals promises you'll find something for all tastes.
HISTORIC MATCHLESS MINE and BABY DOE’S CABIN TOURS: The Matchless Mine was a cornerstone of the Tabor fortune. In the rags-to-riches-to-rags story, discover the lonely vigil of Senator Tabor's trophy wife, Baby Doe, who awaited the return of wealth for decades. The mine and home contain original furnishings and equipment. Guided and self-guided surface tours are available. Tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly, as they discuss the Tabors’ roller coaster history.
MUSEUM OPEN DAILY: 9am-5pm. (Closed Mondays October 31, 2016 - April 24, 2017, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.)
MUSEUM RATES: Adult $12; Student $10; Child under 6 FREE. Discounts available.
LOCATION: 120 West 9th Street, Leadville CO 80461; 719-486-1229.
MATCHLESS MINE OPEN DAILY: Noon-5pm Memorial Day Weekend through September.
GUIDED TOURS: Start at 1pm and 3pm.
MATCHLESS RATES: Adult Guided $12; Student Guided $10; Adult Self-guided $8; Student Self-guided $6; Child under 6 FREE. Discounts available.
LOCATION: 1.25 miles east of Harrison Street on 7th Street. In Leadville CO 80461; 719-486-1229.
- Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Seniors. Groups. Military Personnel.
- Elevation: 10200 feet above sea level.
- Region: Leadville & Twin Lakes Area - North Central, Colorado
- Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard. Discover Card. American Express.
- Group Meeting Area: Indoor room.
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 20
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Museum: On site.
- Mine Tours: On site.
- Historic/Cultural Tours: On site.