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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Recalling Leadville as it once was

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Leadville, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Visiting Leadville Colorado is a refreshing way to spend any day. We traveled an hour north on HWY 24 from our hotel in Buena Vista where we drove into this eclectic town. Our intent was to visit the many museums, shops & restaurants available, while also learning the rich mining history of the area. Our goad was to visit the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

After reading many positive reviews, we decided on going to this museum instead of others in the area. $12 admission is steep for the quality of the museum; many exhibits are outdated and the rooms had dirty carpeting and musty smell; difficult to get around different levels ; obvious pro- mining bias is offensive! Would suggest a walking tour and... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Though we have visited Colorado and driven through Leadville many times we have never stopped at the museum. We stopped this time because we saw it rated a AAA gem. We found that we have been missing out on something great. This museum will appeal to engineering, chemistry, history and geology geeks. There is so much to see and learn.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This was a nice introduction to mining, particularly in Colorado, but also included information, exhibits, and specimens from all over the world. Several near-life-size dioramas illustrated local mining activities. Take an hour and have a look.

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Here you can sort of go back in time to see how things were done in Leadville in it's beginning. Walk through a mine, look at the wonderful diaramas, admire the many minerals, including real gold in all its forms. A wonderful place to spend a rainy afternoon.

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