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Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

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Address: 5 Copper Queen Plaza, Bisbee, AZ 85603
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+1 520-432-7071

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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very interesting museum

This little museum is a great way to understand the copper mining industry that formed the town. It was a great introduction before walking around exploring the fun little place... read more

Reviewed March 23, 2016
jennifer s
Menard, Texas
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Menard, Texas
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Reviewed March 23, 2016

This little museum is a great way to understand the copper mining industry that formed the town. It was a great introduction before walking around exploring the fun little place. Nice gift shop, too.

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Reviewed March 18, 2016

Having never been to this town before, I thought it would be great to check this museum out and learn about its history. Turns out that it has quite a lively history, and this museum does a good job of telling it. An hour or two is probably sufficient to get a good overview of the town, but there is... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed March 17, 2016

There is a small fee for the Museum, it is a self guided tour, there is a second floor, and to my knowledge, I do not think there was a an elevator. Gives some great info on the local flair back in the early 1900's. Also there is clothing, and other artifacts in the museum. There is a small gift... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed March 7, 2016

The exhibits of mining scenes and machines were very good, and the mineral specimens from the mine are spectacular!

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Battle Ground, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2016

Having never been inside a mining operation, we were intrigued by this stop. Worth the price as we had an interesting and knowledgeable tour guide. Dressed up in appropriate hard hat and gear, we took a ride and enjoyed the tour as we heard stories about the mining operation practices and history as we got off the train at various... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

Well designed and informative exhibits about Bisbee's important mining history. Welcoming staff. Short and sweet. Worth the visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed February 21, 2016

A lot of people in Az have no idea how important Bisbee was in Az history, I was one of them. The background of this little gem will shock you. Plus the Smithsonian helped plan it, there are minerals on loan you will never see anywhere else. Who knew we had such a treasure here.

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Port Moody, Canada
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Reviewed February 17, 2016

An old copper mining town in a narrow pass near the Arizona-Mexico border, this town is worth a visit. The original buildings are built-up the hillside and its 1-way streets are from those horse-and-cart days. The Visitor’s Info/Museum was very interesting with miniatures of the mines and their workings and crystals/rocks for sale. There was a lovely helpful lady at... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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Reviewed February 16, 2016

We thought we'd only have a half hour...turned out to be a bit more...but still worth the time to see how mining started and was carried out here. Easy to go through the museum, with lots of engaging exhibits geologically, historically, politically.

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Reviewed February 13, 2016

When you are greeted by a 94 year old docent, Laverne, also known as the "hugging mayor", you know you have entered a unique place. The museum is an excellent place to get a perspective on the town and it's history (including "the deportation"). They did an unique co-project with the Smithsonian a few years back and the quality and... More 

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