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Mining Museum

405 East Main Street, Platteville, WI 53818
608-348-3301
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Type: Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: The Mining Museum traces the development of lead and zinc mining in the Upper Mississippi Valley through models, dioramas, artifacts and photographs... more »
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Springfield, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Our guide for the mine tour was exceptional and we learned a lot we did not know. Be aware that you descend 90 steps into the mine and climb out the same way! The Rollo Jamison museum (attached) is one man's collection of local history and it is also well worth the visit. We especially enjoyed pumping the pedals of... More

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Platteville, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This museum is wonderful. I especially liked the artifacts from the area and information about how life would have been lived in the time period. The tour of the mine is well done - old timey style, to be sure, but informative and intriguing. And riding the coal train was fun.

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Fox Lake, Illinois
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We toured the lead mine as part of the Rollo Jamison museum. You get to do both for one admission charge making this a must do when you're in the area. Inexpensive, informative and only takes a few hours. The lead mine is a lot of fun. It is cool down in the mine so a sweatshirt is helpful. There... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Very nice museum and mine; the price is very reasonable. We went 60 feet below ground to the 1824 lead mine.

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Columbus, Wisconsin
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

The Rollo Jamison and the Mining museum are worth the visit if you are in Platteville. Go into the old Bevan's lead mine and the tour guides do a nice job of providing the history on the mine. Kids can ride the train in summer.

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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I have been to a quite of few museums and historical sites around Wisconsin and I saw new things I haven't seen before. They even had exhibits you could touch and others you could see upclose. The lead mine tour was nice, 90 steps underground and a great guide with exhibits to see. They also have a short train ride... More

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Lancaster
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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is one of those stops for the history buff. Many authentic pieces are on display and knowledgeable people are there to answer your questions. It isn't a stop that will fill your day, but it shouldn't be skipped if you're in the area.

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Linden, WI
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

It's always a fun and informative trip when you go to the Mining museum. MAny interesting things to see and learn about,

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Schofield, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The history of mining in SW Wisconsin was very interesting. Museum has a good collection mining equipment and information on the Driftless region and the lead and zinc mining in that area. Tour guides were knowledgeable.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

My wife and I love visiting this museum and all of what Southwestern Wisconsin has to offer. This is a very historic museum and you actually get to go down into a mine. It's only $9 to visit both museums on the property plus a train ride is included. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in Wisconsin... More

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