Western Museum of Mining & Industry




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A Hands-On Museum with Authentic Operating Steam Engines, Drills, Hoists and a 1890's Stamp Mill

GOLD! SILVER! GOLD! GOLD! GOLD burns pleasure into the hearts of men and women everywhere. It drew thousands on foot, wagon, and horseback to the gold fields of the West. Towns appeared overnight and new territories explored and developed. Western Museum of Mining & Industry Celebrates Colorado's rich and colorful mining past, and brings you into the current events of today's mining operations.

A non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving the West's mining heritage.


1890s Stamp Mill Gold and Silver Refinery

A stamp mill is a type of mill machine that crushes material by pounding rather than grinding, either for further processing or for extraction of metallic ores.

This 10-stamp mill was carefully reproduced in 1978 by the museum's staff using 19th century construction methods. Many of the machines on display are from the Yellow Jacket Mill that was located in Montezuma, Colorado.

From the jaw crusher to the amalgamating tables, the machinery on display is typical of the Western mills from 1890-1920.

DONKEYS -- Nugget and Chism

Donkeys also referred to as burros.

When visualizing a mountain prospector, the thought of his trusted donkey is not far away, because burros played a key role in mining as pack animals. Burros are durable, intelligent animals used to carry a prospector's belongings. In addition many worked underground hauling gold ore from Colorado's gold mines. Nugget and Chism enjoy their carefree lifestyle and abundant acreage! Nugget was adopted from the BLM and Chism came from the 'Long Hopes Burro Rescue Program'. Both currently live comfy lives on the Museum grounds.

Mine Reclamation Exhibit

Mine reclamation is the process of restoring mined lands back to productive use after mining has occurred.

Today, reclamation is an essential part of the mining process. From wildlife habitat to water quality, environmental science is integral to mine reclamation. This exhibit provides an interdisciplinary learning experience by exploring the relationships between soil, slope, and vegetation; and how the Preble's mouse is linked to the ecosystem of the Front Range.

Reynolds Ranch House -- State Register of Historic Properties in 1997

The Reynolds Ranch House has two distinctive characteristics: A Queen Anne Farmhouse in a rural setting; and it is the last vestige of the once-thriving community of Husted, a former Denver & Rio Grande railroad supply town and depot. The museum intends to restore the home as an 1894 Queen Anne farmhouse before providing tours and other interpretive activities.

WMMI Gem Show & Member Appreciation Days

July 15-17, 2016 9am to 5pm marks the WMMI Gem Show & Member Appreciation Days: This family friendly weekend event has activities for all ages. Activities include: GOLD PANNING -- KEEP what you find; exhibits & vendors featuring crystal, fossils, gem and jewelry; Powerful working engines; and the operation of our thundering, 1890's Stamp Mill Gold & Silver Refinery.

Seasonal Haunted Mines

A thrilling and exciting event unlike any other, for adults of all ages and their older children (ages 13+) with historical-based scenes and situations from the American West and America's mining legacy as the backdrop, but with a new twist every year to keep you screaming! It is an indoor, outdoor, and underground fun experience that is physically and psychologically challenging.

This tickets event is offered the last 2 weekends in September, and every Thursday, Friday & Saturday in October. Typically open from 7:30 to 10pm on the open weeknights, and 7:30 to Midnight on Friday and Saturday. Ticket sales close at 9pm weeknights, and at 11pm Friday & Saturday.

Open All Year -- Closed on Major Holidays

Daily guided tours at 10am and 1pm. Individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 16.

ADMISSION: $9 Adults, $8 Military/AAA, $7 Students 13+ and Seniors over 60, $5 Child 4-12 year old, while kids under 3 are free with a paid adult.

Group Info: Reservations recommended for groups of 10 or more.

Location in Colorado Springs

Nestled along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, in scenic Colorado Springs you will find the Western Museum of Mining and Industry off of I-25 and right across from the Air Force Academy. Take I-25 to Exit 156. 225 Northgate Boulevard, Colorado Springs CO 80921.

For Current Rates and Guided Tour Information: 719-488-0880.



  • Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Seniors. Groups. Military Personnel.

  • Elevation: 6035 feet above sea level.
  • Region: Colorado Springs Metro - South Central, Colorado
  • Setting: Mountain views.
  • Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard. Discover Card.

  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
  • Group Meeting Area: Indoor room and outdoor area.
  • Conference Center: Meeting room with tables and chairs can be set up class room style. Some A/V equipment available for seminars. Call for more details.
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 75
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Outdoor Open Picnic Area: 500


  • Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
  • Museum: On site.

  • Historic/Cultural Tours: On site.

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