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National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum

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Address: 120 W 9th St, Leadville, CO 80461-3403
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+1 719-486-1229
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00

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A place to learn something new

Coming from Chicago and world-class museums, this place is not going to wow you, but you can see a lot of pride and attention to detail they have put into it. If you are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
James J
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Coming from Chicago and world-class museums, this place is not going to wow you, but you can see a lot of pride and attention to detail they have put into it. If you are intentional, you can learn a lot about mining, minerals and the economics of the industry. If you go to be spoon fed sights and sounds, you... More 

Thank James J
Daggett, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting our son who works as a ski instructor at Beaver Creek, we made the hour drive to Leadville. So glad we did. The lady taking the admission was delightful. She shared her experience working at a mine. My husband is a health and safety manager for an exploration company that is in the permit process and our son... More 

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Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This a fine and well done museum that compares with many famous institutions around the world. However the last time I was there I was really let down the "Crystal Room" was no longer behind the gift shop. There were many, many beautiful specimens from around the world as well as local treasurers displayed there. The worst part was when... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Well, that's just two of the many fascinating things one learns touring this amazing museum. Featuring thousands of samples of ores and minerals - many of them strikingly beautiful - this museum is a fun and informative journey covering everything from what is mined, how mining works (the good and the bad), where mining is done, the many crucial things... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Very nice museum, well done, lots of artifacts and history. Five adults spent a few hours here while on job in twin lakes. Definitely a nicely done museum with informational history, relics, gems, stones an more. Amazing pieces. We were wowed at all of the stones from around the world. The local mining history was a fun tour, read and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Today, if you visit Leadville, Colorado, it is has to imagine that the old mining town once was the richest piece of real estate between St. Louis and San Francisco. But there are plenty of historical sites to remind you. One is the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Located at 120 West 9th Street, it is dedicated to... More 

2 Thank Taylor B
Leadville, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The Mining Museum of Leadville, CO was very educational to the area, history and aspects of mining. Our entire group enjoyed it (ages 12-70) especially before going on several hikes and ATV tours of the town and old mining district.

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Frisco, Colorado
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I bought a membership and have visited at least 5 times in the past year. Awesome displays on gold mining, molybdenum mining a day gemstones. Upstairs is a tribute to Miners. You could easily spend a couple of hours here. Very friendly staff and a great history of Leadville and the area. This is a must stop for Leadville. Also... More 

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Drammen, Norway
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

This museum is a must if you spend a day in Leadville. Inside you will get a good picture of what Leadville was like in the late 18 hundreds, when it was the richest city between San Francisco and St. Louis. There are instructive maps of the mining areas, and tools and devices from the old mining industry. And a... More 

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Bayfield, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

I was anticipating cases of minerals and old pictures. Found those, but dozens of dioramas, many full size depictions, and great job of showing the relevance of mining to ALL of our everyday lives. Some fairly complex aspects were handled with excellent interpretation. My only regreat is that I have been to Leadville several times and I never took the... More 

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