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World Museum of Mining

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Address: 155 Museum Way, Butte, MT 59701
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Open April thru October, the World Museum of Mining is one of the few...

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 an underground mine tour that takes you 65 ft under the surface to the shaft station of the Orphan Girl mine. 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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Great excursion for adults and kids

Museum offers a recreation of a mining town and an underground tour to give visitors a sense of what it was like for miners and those who lived in mining towns. Our tour guide... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2016
UrbanGirl808
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Nice visit some really cool stuff, but couldn't help leaving with the feeling that it could have been so much more.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Museum offers a recreation of a mining town and an underground tour to give visitors a sense of what it was like for miners and those who lived in mining towns. Our tour guide, Tom Holter, gave first-hand information about his work in the mines and showed how some of the equipment worked. Easy walk around the museum exhibits and... More 

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Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting. Glad you and the kids enjoyed the Museum. More 

Montana
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

There are two parts to the museum, above ground and below. You’ll most likely need a reservation for the underground mine tour and there’s an additional fee. It’s excellent but there’s more than enough to see above ground—no reservation needed and tickets are only about $8.00 (the Metropolitan Museum of Art costs three times that and you don’t get to... More 

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Thank David O
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

I'm glad you found the mine steeped in history. Thanks for visiting. More 

Blackfoot
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

This is a cool place if you like the mining industry. I very much enjoy the mining industry it's alot of fun to learn about the sacrifice the people be fore us had to deal with. It think it's a good place to take a kid that likes to dig in the drit.

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1 Thank Michael W
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! Many died mining or in mining related deaths; and, without mining, we wouldn't have most of the luxuries we enjoy today. More 

Owens Cross Roads, Alabama, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

This is not a quick trip but was well worth it. We had a tour guide that was an actual miner in the 1960's so he could give us first hand accounts. He said he only works Wednesday's so I recommend going that day if possible. The tour was suppose to take 2 hours but he liked to talk so... More 

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3 Thank Melissa B
Jeanette K, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Mick does like to talk, but you do learn a ton from him on Wednesdays. Our tour guides the other 6 days of the week also do an amazing job. The tours just aren't as long. They only take 1.5 hours. Currently we only take you down to the 65 foot level. Next season, we will have access to the... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

Between 1895 and 1925, there was a mining fatality, on average, every second day in Butte. An extraordinarily dangerous occupation until the passage of federal mining regulations. The museum is on an old mine site. I only did the above ground portion of the museum and did not venture into the mine. The above ground museum consists mostly of old... More 

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Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experiences and for visiting the World Museum of Mining! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Museum has a few rooms inside, but a whole lot more outside. Numerous buildings depicting a mining town. A nice place to spend a couple of hours. Bring some quarters and be sure to play the Orchestrion, the kids will love it!

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Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting. The Orchestrian is one of my favorite objects here. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

My family came here and we saw a lot of interesting exhibits. The ghost town was amazing. There was so many different old fashioned houses. We took the toor underground it was really fun and educational! The tour guide was very funny, educational and nice. Best place we have visited in Montana by far!!

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Thank Al K
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by the Museum. We so glad you learned a bit and had a great time. More 

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5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Great place to take students. Guides really make history come alive for everyone. Tour guide great! Learn a lot every time I take a group of kids or visitors.

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Thank Wendy D
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

We love sharing history with the students. So glad you enjoy your time here. More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Well-presented mining history of Butte. Extensive interesting mineral collection. Around 50 houses ( from different parts of the area not neccessarily all from Butte) , stores, assayers office, school, church, etc all furnished with tools, clothes, etc from the era with those immense mine shafts looming over the streets. A re-constructed town as it might have been. A lovely look... More 

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Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Glad you took the detour. Thanks for visiting. More 

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