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World Museum of Mining

155 Museum Way, Butte, MT 59701
+1 406-723-7211
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Don't miss the mine tour!

Very enjoyable couple of hours. The museum, village setup and mine-related items were all... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GTN_and_Catz
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Houston
Worth the Stop

Enjoy learning about how Butte contribution to the war effort & our economy. Interest learn about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jim H
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Puyallup, Washington
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Open April thru October, the World Museum of Mining is one of the few museums in the world located on an actual mine yard - the Orphan Girl. This 44 acre museum exhibits more than a century of American history and brings it to life. Explore more than 50 structures, ranging from the 100 ft high headframe to the many buildings of Hell Roarin' Gulch, a turn of the century mining town. Our displays and exhibits focus on mining and the related culture and ethnic groups that made Butte, MT their home. The World Museum of Mining offers two underground mine tous that take you into the depths of the Orphan Girl mine. The 65 ft tour is a glimpse of the underground and takes about an hour. The 100 ft tour gives more history and gives visitors the opportunity to see the Orphan Girl vein. The 100 ft tour takes approximately 1.5 hours. Get fitted with a miner's hard hat, cap lamp and battery belt to experience life underground! Space is limited and reservations are recommended. The World Museum of Mining is open daily at 9:00 am April - October. From time to time weather conditions affect our ability to offer all available services.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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155 Museum Way, Butte, MT 59701
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very enjoyable couple of hours. The museum, village setup and mine-related items were all interesting. The highlight, of course, was the mine tour. We had a great tour guide - a Butte history teacher by trade - who does these tours during the summer. Very,...More

Thank GTN_and_Catz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy learning about how Butte contribution to the war effort & our economy. Interest learn about the mining town and surrounding community.

Thank Jim H
Jeanette K, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting! Glad you enjoyed the Museum.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The facility is well kept. The doll Museum is full of very cool doll / miniature homes, a very extensive 'Rock' collection that is a must see. The telegraph office showed a number of items that were interesting including a "Number Please" switch board and...More

Thank rstonbrass
Jeanette K, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed the Museum. Be sure to call ahead of time when you return for the mine tour. We are hoping to add even more tours next season.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the tour of the mines, except that some of us had to stay behind with the little one. they do not allow any child under four to go there. We toured the museum grounds and it was great. So much Montana history. My...More

Thank Judyhwright
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting. Your family has so much history in Butte. I am sure you have some fantastic stories.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although I did not have time to take the mine tour, I did visit with 2 miners who had worked the mines for over 25 years each. The stories they shared were remarkable & I would love to return for the interior tour.

Thank marthag1947
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting. The "old" miners have some amazing stories to tell. I could listen to them for hours.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If going into an old mine with a hard hat on and a miners light sounds interesting- it is. With out doing this -there is not much else happening here in my opinion . The walk down is not especially difficult and the guide will,watch...More

Thank jfadds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Do you want to see how the west was won? The mining museum was the real deal. They acquired the stores and antiques of several places around the area and created a faux ghost town, but the real attraction is the mine shaft. I have...More

Thank SmallGirlInABigWorld
Reviewed 12 May 2017

A friend who lives in Butte said this place was underrated but a great stop. She was dead on the money. We had a fantastic tour guide who knew the history of Butte, mining, and this particular mine inside and out. Not having any real...More

Thank Angie B
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thanks for visiting. I myself could not imagine what the life of a miner was like, but the tour certainly does shed some light on the conditions they worked in.

Reviewed 20 April 2017

The above-surface attractions were mediocre but the tour guide (student at MT State University, Butte) was very well versed. Tour down mine shaft made it all worthwhile. Learned lots about modern day mining and got to wear lamped-helmet. What more could you want?

Thank Taco103
Jeanette K, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thanks for visiting and sharing your experiences. Hope you can visit again.

Reviewed 18 April 2017

The purpose of the museum is to preserve a segment of American history which has otherwise been neglected. We couldn't stay for the mine tour as we would have had to wait about an hour. The gift shop has lots of interesting books and rock...More

Thank mydonna
Jeanette K, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Sorry you were unable to go on the mine tour. I'm glad you were able to stay for the rest of the Museum. Thanks for visiting, and we look forward to seeing you when you return.

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KarenSumas_WA
How long is the mine tour?
31 May 2017|
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Response from Jeanette K | Property representative |
The 65 ft tour takes 1 hour, the 100 ft tour takes an hour and a half. We also recommend at least an hour for the Museum.
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