Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Western Museum of Mining and Industry
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsSpeciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The museum features artifacts and research involving the region's early mining and industrial activities.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles226 reviews
Excellent
136
Very good
66
Average
17
Poor
4
Terrible
3

Jay R
Highlands Ranch, CO529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We visited the museum on a family trip including a 12 year old, two 50-somethings and an 81 year old. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

We purchased tickets online in advance. It was $42 for all of us. A reasonable fee for a group of four in such a cool place.

Our visit started with a 25 minute movie on the history of Mining in the West. It was interesting but the 12 year old lost interest in a matter of minutes. We opted for a self guided tour. The Gold Panning was fun for all and got the 12 year old back on board. You keep what you pan, which for us, appeared to be some black sand and some pyrite flakes. There’s a replica of an old Mine, tons of tools and equipment, along with a mineral room, lit with black lights. Outside is more Mining equipment as well as the homestead itself.

We spent probably 90 no yes at the Museum and thoroughly enjoyed the time. A definite stop if you’re in the area.
Written June 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

pennvyaj42
cubert125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The amazing knowledge of our guide. This is a comprehensive insight into gold mining over the 100 years and more. The static exhibits and write-ups were so good and informative, we could have spent double the time here.
Much of the pristine heavy machinery is still in perfect working order and is set going whilst we were there. Our guide Tom was a credit to the organisation
Considering how inexpensive the visit was, it has to be a bargain.
It is not easy to find, but Google will help!
Written February 7, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Beth B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I highly recommend Western Museum of Mining and Industry if you're in the Colorado Springs area. The machinery demonstrations are very interesting and the displays are well done. The museum is clean and kept up and the volunteers are extremely nice! Gary was our tour guide and he did an excellent job.
Written August 26, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sue A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is an excellent tour by very well educated and entertaining guide. The exhibits, the machinery and "mock up" mine was very interesting. My grandson and his Papa loved panning for gold. The even restock the gold flakes twice a month, so it is legit! Once you get your rocks and gold, they provide you a plastic bag to put it in. I would say it's worth the extra dollar to purchase a small glass bottle with cork to properly display them. Outside had a lot of nice things to take a look at as well. Will go back!
Written March 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ffin51
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
What an amazing museum this is. There was a free tour with a knowledgeable guide. Loads of information, demonstrations of the machines (engines and pumps) working, and having a go at panning for gold. It is reasonably priced and the staff were very friendly and helpful. You could easily spend many hours there inside and looking at the outside exhibits too. We definitely recommend you to add it to your itinerary for visiting Colorado Springs.
Written August 26, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

imub4ur
Hesperia, CA381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This place rocks. This museum has working machinery that is demonstrated by the tour guide. We happened to be there on Family Day. This is when they fire up the big outdoor machinery, not to be missed. We saw them operate a steam shovel, and steam mucker, an air trammer and the stamp mill, not to mention the regular indoor machinery.
Written July 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lisad1919
Spencer, MA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited this mining museum to learn the history of the extensive mining in this area. What a great choice! The museum is packed with interested information and machines inside and out. We were there for close to 3 hours and enjoyed every minute. They have guided tours, and on this day (Saturday) we took the 1 pm tour. Ryan was our tour guide and did a fabulous job! He took us through the entire timespan of mining including many of the machines that were used over the years. It was so interesting how the machines and the mining techniques improved as the years went by. The machines inside the building are in working order and Ryan turned on each one and explained how they worked. They have even created a mining tunnel that you can walk through, and you can even experience what it was like panning for gold. At the end of the tour, Ryan answered all of our questions. We were so glad we visited, learned so much, and hope everyone will get to visit this wonderful, interesting and informative museum!!!
Written October 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Paul W
Cape May, NJ34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited this museum on a whim, and after just a few minutes on our tour, we were fascinated by the way things were done many years ago. The machinery for this work was massive and the history behind the "Men and Machines" that built the tools for this type of "difficult work" captured our attention for sure. Our tour guide was a very nice lady that lived in the area and with her sweet personality, made everyone feel welcome. We were also given a chance at the end of the tour to try panning for gold in several of the large basins available for everyone. It was a blast. This tour is a must do when visiting COS.
Written December 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

melwashere81
Cleveland, TX3,444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is a must see for anyone visiting Colorado Springs! You can do a self guided tour BUT I highly recommend catching one of the guided tours. They are free with admission but only offered a couple of times each day. If you don't do the guided tour you won't get to see any of the machines running and it was so cool that most of them still work!! Our tour guide was amazing and we greatly enjoyed hearing his stories and visiting with him. They also have some exhibits outside as well so don't miss them. And there is also a small gift shop. So glad we stopped by
Written September 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SteCunha
Broken Arrow, OK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Very nice and informative visit with the sweetest guide. If you like museums, you will enjoy this. It gives a good idea about the economic history of the region since mining has been going on in various forms for more than 150 years.

We spent about 2 hours in there and could have stayed longer if we had managed to read all displays and exhibits. However, our family takes a bit longer in museums than most others. This is not fancy, state-of-the-art, but very informative especially for those who are not familiar with mining. Our guide operated about 10 (really old) engines/machines for us and you an try to pan some pyrite (fool's gold) if you are willing to get your hands wet and a bit dirty and I finally learned how to discern gold from fool's gold! You can buy water, snacks and gifts here.
Written January 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 220
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Western Museum of Mining and Industry - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Colorado Springs HotelsColorado Springs Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Colorado Springs
All things to do in Colorado Springs
Zoos & Aquariums in Colorado Springs
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars