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Western Museum of Mining and Industry

225 North Gate Road, Colorado Springs, CO
719 488 0880
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Prospecting
Description: The museum features artifacts and research involving the region's early mining and industrial activities.
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Belton
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This museum was a last minute decision. We literally almost missed it because although it is well marked, you feel like you are entering someones private drive. Once we got there and got past the snarky employee who drove the red VW, we learned a LOT about mining. A woman came over and showed us how to pan for gold... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

The tour was very informative. The machines actually worked and the tour guide did a great job at explaining everything. Well worth stop!!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took our granddaughters for the tour. They loved the panning for gold/other stones in the museum. The docent was good and kept the kids busy with questions. We were also able to feed the donkeys at the outside pens which was a hit. Not recommended for the toddler age

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COLORADO SPRINGS
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This museum is a gem. It only takes about 1 1-2 hours to tour and read everything, but what it has is very informative. A good place to take out of town visitors, including children above age 6.

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Denver, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The mining museum is a pretty good museum just off I-25 near Colorado Springs. The tour is a bit long, but covers quite a lot of information. The museum isn't particularly large, and there is no active mine here, so if you are looking for more history you'll want to go into the mountain towns.

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California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My sister and I went in expecting a tour. we paid the fee and they sent us in we had no one to ask questions to. We walked through and had to try to decipher all the exhibits on our own, while the staff sat in the front room talking about the wedding that was taking place outside! they were... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Take the tour. There is one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The attendant will turn on all the old equipment and show you how they work. I have never been to a museum where the machines still run. Fascinating!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Very friendly staff. The hands on exhibits are made for kids and enhance their over-all learning experience.

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Phoenix
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This museum is interesting not only for people who like mining history, but also for people who are into machines in general. My husband and adult son (who like machines) really enjoyed the museum. I found it interesting too, just not as much as they did. We tagged along part of the time with a general tour and stood behind... More

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a small museum but if you plan to arrive in time to take a guided tour you will enjoy it and learn a lot.. My grandsons ages 8 and 12 liked the movie, panning for gold and seeing the mining equipment demonstrations. Worth it if you are in the area.

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