Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Chadds Ford160 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Sorry to have to write a poor review, but this was not a highlight. We have toured several mines in the area, including both the Delaware and Quincy mine, and this was sub-par in comparison. To be fair, the little museum is pretty cool, and we all thoroughly enjoyed this part. However, our issues began with the tour guide himself. I understand that many are volunteers who spent time in the mines, but when you have children who really are interested, and you pair them with a "not very child friendly older tour guide", it is bound to end in a not good way. No engagement whatsoever, and when the kids asked questions, they were not answered. We had to move very slowly, and when you have 3 active, interested 8-12 year olds, that's tough. But to then chastise the kids because they were loosing interest - not good. We were told upon entry it was ok to touch some items and I even read reviews about holding items. Our kids were literally yelled at by our tour guide for touching a mining hat that was on a table. Not a polite, "we would prefer you don't handle these items" but literally a "PUT THAT DOWN" . And when we reached the huge mining truck out back - a huge "boy attraction" - the stink-eye thrown the kids' way was enough to have all of us hoping that this tour would end soon. Let me close in saying that these are not wild kids - we have toured many places, including castles in England, museums across the country, and my boys know how to respect "a please don't touch" sign.

This place can be so much more - I hope they pay more attention to their tour guides though. It really ruined the adventure for us.
Written August 27, 2012
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CMIRily
Negaunee, Michigan17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in Ishpeming is open June - October. Walk back in history, via the Ishpeming Historical Society room, to see local historical artifacts representing the local community during the great mining era. View historical displays of miners and mines past and present, headgear & other safety equipment available to miners of yesteryear, and displays on blasting and diamond drilling equipment. Stop in the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club's room and view over 500 minerals from the local area, the Upper Peninsula, Midwest and the world. Take a guided tour of the tunnels that the miners walked to the base of the C-Shaft and listen to the history of mining from those who worked the mines. Follow up the stairs past old underground iron ore cars with a stop at the blacksmith shop. Go outside to view towers 97’ to 174’ high which were used to lower miners 1250’ into the bowels of the earth. Stand beside a 170-ton Iron Ore Truck with tires 12 feet high. Don’t forget your camera so you can have a memento of your visit standing inside the 30 ton shovel bucket in front of the Dry building or in front of the 170-ton Iron Ore truck. The museum is located at 501 W. Euclid Street, Ishpeming and open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm with a nominal admission.
Written September 18, 2006
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Bruce F
Logansport, IN81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The Museum was an excellent place to learn about the mining in the area. The guide, Mike was excellent in his presentation. Lots of knowledge here with the people that work for the Museum.
Written June 14, 2023
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Chantel R
Downers Grove, IL63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Educational tour of the remnants of the iron ore mine. This tour does not go underground, but does go to the inside, ground level of one of the shafts. There is an extensive tour of the buildings on the ground. The guides that we had both times we took the tour were retired mine employees, so they really knew their stuff and had personal stories to make the tour very interesting. There is a small gift shop up front and a strange gift shop for rocks inside one of the mine buildings. This was the only downside - because the rock shop "owner?" followed us around and tried to pressure us to buy something, so that was uncomfortable!
Written September 6, 2017
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nancy j
Chico, CA140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
I had never been to a mining operation before. Coming from California, this is a whole new experience for me. Cliff Mines is sure a "not to be missed." They give you a lot of information and actually take you right into the working processing plant. So interesting...
Written June 29, 2014
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circletourjean
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Our guide, Gary, was happy to share everything he knew about the mine and the history. We enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about iron ore mining history in the U.P. HIghly recommend visiting if you're in the area and have the time.
Written August 16, 2022
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AWWTG
Fort Collins, CO320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Very interesting tour with Mike about iron mining in the Ishpeming and surrounding areas of the UP. We learned a lot. I would recommend if you are in the area.
Written June 13, 2022
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John W
Riverview, MI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Excellent tour by retired miner Gary. Super nice guy, great sense of humor and great stories. Bought a fire poker from the blacksmith one day before the mine's 100th anniversary so he had to make a new one for the next day! Great information and history
Written September 19, 2019
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Laurenhartsyou
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We are from out of town but love stones and crystals so we were super excited to see this place pop up on our “must see list”! Upon entry the place seems super old (which I love and think adds character). The man at the front desk (David) got us squeezed in with the last tour before us so we didn’t have to wait another hour! He was so knowledgeable on all the stones and rocks and super helpful! David the ultimate rock seller! Once we joined the group, our tour guide Gary, was nothing short of excellent. He himself was miner and had amazing stories to share. Being that he had done the job himself, he had no problem answering any questions any of us had. On top of that, he was so funny and personable. We ended up staying an extra half hour after the tour just to chat and exchange stories and laughs. He gave me one of his favorite rocks he always keeps in his pocket. For those who don’t know me- THIS IS HUGE AND IM A GIANT ROCK COLLECTOR! So for someone to give me something so simple, yet important to him was so touching. We will definitely be back to visit just for the staff alone. The mines and everything are almost as beautiful as the people who run this place!
Written August 29, 2019
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Kingshott
Brighton, MI138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Currently we are taking a western UP and have visited several museums. This is our favorite museum. There a several different mining museums in the UP, but none have brought the personal connection as Cliffs Shaft.

The director’s parents are involved with tours and cataloging every item in the museum. Many of the tour guides are former mine workers. Everyone who is involved with the museum seems to have a personal stake in the success of it.

Also, the museum has original documentation of the company’s employees. They were able to find a tourist’s grandfather’s records, including and injury report, hospital bill and worker’s compensation.

Stop by. There are four tours a day with the last at 2:15 pm.
Written August 9, 2019
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