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Western Museum of Mining and Industry

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Address: 225 N Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3004
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+1 719-488-0880
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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The museum features artifacts and research involving the region's early...

The museum features artifacts and research involving the region's early mining and industrial activities.

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Rare historic mining machines

It looks kind of primitive when you enter the parking lot but there is lots to see here. Large relics greet you in the parking lot but there are working engines inside (for an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017
Paul D
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Colorado
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Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

It looks kind of primitive when you enter the parking lot but there is lots to see here. Large relics greet you in the parking lot but there are working engines inside (for an entrance fee). The blacksmith shop and an old stamp mill run at times but not during our visit. Must return to see this. There is the... More 

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Sullivan county New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This museum provides a quality experience for their patrons. Firstly their guided tour is excellent. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about so much concerning museum exhibits, environmental factors of mining and social ramifications of mining. Their exhibits are first class from functional jack hammers, gas lanterns and very heavy air compressors and steam,(currently electric) driven mechinary used for mining. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

You can take a tour where a guide walks you through many of the machines and how the mines were ran. The machines are turned on for you to experience how loud they were. You can also pan for gold. The grounds have out buildings and more equipment examples. The buildings were not open when we went this week. The... More 

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

It's not every place you see a huge Corliss steam engine run, or see and hear a jack hammer drilling a hole in a rock. The video of how ore is made into musical instrument metal is great for kids. This museum makes learning history fun, along with a great view of the mountains.

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Thank michigander12
Paihia, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This little museum offers a fascinating insight to mining in general, and the local mines of Colorado and further afield. Fully working engines, working display models, detailed exhibition of a mine with easy to understand explanations, and friendly and informative staff, make this museum a must see. Displays outside include an incredible stamper battery - again a working model. Clean... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a good glimpse into Colorado mining techniques and history. There are some good hands on things for kids (and adults) to do. Even thought the tour is in a warehouse type building, you feel like you're down in a mine.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I have been to this museum twice, and it was delightful each time. If you are interested in seeing the old mining machinery working, you absolutely must go during a tour. Tour times are available on their website. It is awesome to seem them running. There is so much to see at the museum that really explains the history of... More 

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Thank Chaaluna
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I take my vacation the last two weeks of each year to enjoy Halloween and the haunted attractions in Denver. Each attraction has it's own flavor if you will. I really enjoy the Haunted Mines because it has an old vintage feel. When you pull up, there are festive orange lights everywhere, and helpful staff to help you park. The... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Truly enjoyed seeing all the vintage cars, trucks, and trackers. The only problem was that I am temporarily in a wheelchair and there was no pathway of any sort for my wheelchair to traverse. We ended up leaving earlier than we wanted to because it just got too difficult trying to wheel over gravel and grass.

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Harvard, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is a wonderful museum of the history of mining in the area, but it is a bit quirky to find the entrance! The docents are friendly and very helpful; they have a guided tour, especially nice for children, with hands-on activities like panning for gold. When possible, they also run some of the machinery on display. The display on... More 

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