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Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

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Address: 5 Copper Queen Plaza, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone Number: 520-432-7071
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An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this small rural museum...

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this small rural museum chronicles the history of the historic mining town of Bisbee through a rich display of artifacts, photographs and interesting displays.

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Excellent museum

Loved this place. History very well presented. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Really enjoyed our visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
maryrobertson2015
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Brighton, Canada
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Brighton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved this place. History very well presented. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Really enjoyed our visit.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Having worked for Sister mine of the Bisbee mine in Butte, Montana, I found this a must see for those seeking to see how an open pit mine operates. The various displays and exhibits found within the building, as well as on their grounds, gives you a sense of how much work it took to mine copper. They have a... More 

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Cochiti Lake, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband loves this sort of stuff and we were not disappointed. The dosen was so helpful at telling us about all the highlights and the history of the mining in that area. The museum is laid out great so you get a good idea of how it was in the peek mining time of those days.The ore samples were... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really loved this Museum, The staff was friendly and really liked sharing with us. The museum was very cool.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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90 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mother and I visited this museum while my father and husband stayed with my 3.5 year old. We made a good decision in not bring our toddler into the museum. It was very interesting to learn about the history of Bisbee and mining, but I don't think that my 3.5 year old would have done well inside. There are... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an incredible historical review of Bisbee, her history and mining most especially. Rich with information and enhanced by technology, the small space was chock full of fascinating stories, cultures and history. A special attempt was made to keep the place kid friendly with special activities. The hostess was the marked exception to the friendly and professional staff. She... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good information on the town and why it was the biggest thing going between SF and St. Louis for years. Details the first 40 years of the town and lots on mining. Nice exhibit on all the fancy minerals found in addition to the basics of copper, tin, silver and gold.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The history of Bisbee is told through exhibits that highlight the stories of the people of Bisbee and their work. The stories are told of those who prospered as well as those who suffered. Upstairs is a fine exhibit of ore and gems extracted from the mines.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This museum has an excellent record of its history from the very early days, to its boom years, and today. Many men worked 26 days on and 2 off to ensure their families were fed. Ethnicity often affected the jobs they did and their rate of pay. Once the ore's quality started to deteriorate and no longer became profitable, citizens... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

At one time Bisbee was the biggest town in between St. Louis and San Francisco. The Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum provides a great introduction to the history of Bisbee technologically and culturally. If you are in to rocks, they also have some of the best specimens from copper mines anywhere (copper, turquoise, malachite, etc., etc.) This is a not... More 

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