World Museum of Mining
World Museum of Mining
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Explore more than 50 structures, ranging from the 100 ft high headframe to the many buildings of Hell Roarin' Gulch, a turn of the century mining town. Displays and exhibits focus on mining and the related culture that made Butte, MT. Enhance your visit by taking an underground guided tour into the depths of the Orphan Girl mine and learn the history of mining, see the Orphan Girl vein and the original workings of the mine. Tour is approximately 1.5 hours long. Get fitted with a miner's hard hat and lamp to experience life underground! Space is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made on our website. The Museum is open seven days a week until the end of October with limited hours in November. Weather conditions may affect our ability to offer all services.
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1-2 hours
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Danielle D
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10/10 would recommend! My partner and I took a little work-away vacation in Helena, and in looking for things to do around the area, soon realized we were out of season for most of them. In searching for Museums, this one came up and we decided to venture out an hour to go see what it was all about.

We were not sure what to expect but we were absolutely impressed. The team of volunteers and sponsors, story tellers, former miners, architects and creatives that built this gem of a museum deserve applause. We spent over 5 hours in this interactive museum, admiring the attention to detail in each of the stores, learning about the real shop owners via the QR codes located in the windows. Mind you, only two of those hours were taken up by the tour.

Plan to spend your day here! There is so much to learn. We decided to tour the grounds first before our tour and it only got better from there. Our tour guide, a former miner was so knowledgeable and engaging and absolutely AMAZING. He provided another layer of context for the mock miner community before heading into the Orphan Girl Mine. He taught us the various methods miners used throughout the years of this industry, including a candlelight demonstration that made our mouths drop in disbelief (I won't spoil it the tour for those of you who haven't gone yet).

Our group was the last of the day, and he asked us if it was okay if he shared two more stories, even though that would have added time to our tour. No one was in protest and we all sat there listening intently like we were all back in storytime in grade school.

All in all, this place is definitely a gem. Whether you are a history buff, want to learn more about an industry that served as a building block for this nation, or you need something interactive to do with your family, this is a must see for anyone in the general Butte vicinity looking to get your hands dirty with some amazing local history without breaking the bank.

Excited to go back again and see the other museum installations!
Written September 25, 2022
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Valerie Rosenthal
Albuquerque, NM6 contributions
We did a guided tour with Scott who was excellent. He walked with us around the mining grounds, explained the equipment and how the hoists work, and finally took us into the underground mine. We found the underground portion to be very interesting. It is only accessible with a guided tour - so we highly recommend getting a guided tour. Afterwards we walked around the town and also climbed up the stairs of the Headframe. It was a very interesting and enjoyable trip. We highly recommend it!
Written August 8, 2021
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Michael
Whitefish, MT14 contributions
Couples
Ken our guide was the man, the myth, and the legend! Great tour; he walked us through the equipment, history, and down into the depths. He even took on another tour group in the mine when a rare sighting of a Cave Karen burst out of the tour group ahead of us. After she was safely, and gently acknowledged then herded to the exit. She made sure to share her complaints to the other tour guide, our tour group, and every poor ghost down there about her anxiety before being set free above ground to be with her people. 10 out of 10 would recommend! Was fun, informative and brought Butte into a whole new light!
Written September 19, 2022
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Thanks for the recommendation. We'll be sure Ken hears how much you enjoyed his tour!
Written September 24, 2022
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jimichongaJC
Stevensville, MT594 contributions
With such a grandiose title, you might think you'd get a wide variety of mining techniques, equipment and science covering all manner of mining - coal, gold, bauxite, uranium, silver, gems, etc, Or about the many nations and locations of mining operations from deserts to sea beds. But we're talking specifically mining for copper within a 50mi radius of Butte, MT. While there are a few impressive pieces of heavy equipment - compressors, hoists, drills and railcars, the vast majority of the complex is basically an early 20th century mining village panoply of shops and offices (of which you can peek in windows). And it's poorly documented or directed (unless you buy the $3 guide or pay for a guided tour AFTER you spend $8 or $9 for admission). I never did find even a mention of the infamous nearby Speculator Mine Disaster of 1917 that killed 166 men. The whole experience seemed like a bit of a cheat.
Written July 24, 2021
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Emelie E
Laurel, MT15 contributions
Couples
We toured the Orphan Girl mine. We lucked out and had a small group - only six of us. Tour guide was supreme! He had a great sense of humor but literally gave us as much information as he could. Surprisingly it did not seem like it took an hour and a half. There is SO much information both above and below ground it was well worth the admission price.
Written August 25, 2022
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Stephanie
3 contributions
This was an outstanding tour! Everyone we encountered who worked there was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Our tour guide was a young man (who has his own blue hard hat and now lives in Butte!) who knows so much detail about the mine, the geology, the technology and the history of the mine and the copper mining industry in Butte and across the world! It was a very interactive and informative tour. A reasonable price for what you get! A tour that lasts about 75 minutes and the ability to explore the mining town replica on the grounds and the museum inside. You get a hard hat with a light and physically walk under the ground into the mine shaft so it's extremely interactive and tangible which helps you learn and get a real feel for how the miners worked to mine all the minerals we enjoy and use today! Shout out to everyone for a job well done. I'd definitely come back and would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting the Butte area. Definitely worth it!!
Written June 16, 2022
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WLWilliams
Indianapolis, IN48 contributions
Great little diversion and rest stop on our way from Yellowstone to Glacier. We spent about 2 hours between the tour into the mine and walking the small town on site peeking through the windows and doors to see artifacts from the mining era. The tour started with a discussion of the mine’s history and name at the gazebo before walking into the mine. There was a fairly steep ramp going in (and uphill going out) but a member of our party had 2 artificial knees and had no problem with the grade except that he held arms with his wife. He was about age 70 if that helps and medium weight. Once the short grade leveled out more, other than some wet spots and loose stones, we had no problem navigating the mine. It was about 40-45 degrees inside but on this very hot day, it felt great to most of us, although I tied my sweatshirt around my waist just in case. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the mine and its operations as well as mining in the area. We asked specifically about the clean up at the Super Fund site in Butte and he gave us the background and progress there. If you have time, we recommend the tour.
Written September 13, 2021
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JoAnn H
2 contributions
It was really fun to go to this museum because many of the things to see were outside and they had a replica of the town that the museum is located at. The museum building was a little smaller than we thought it was going to be but it did have interesting affordable souvenirs. We feel it is worth taking time out to see and especially if you have kids.
Written June 26, 2020
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dana9880
Moorestown, NJ117 contributions
Family
The underground mining tour was awesome. Be sure to reserve ahead of time bc each tour can only have 10 people and we saw multiple people get turned away that didn’t have tickets already. Michael was our guide and he was so nice, funny and knowledgeable. Be sure to wear sneakers or boots as underground can be a bit slippery since it is downhill. Also long pants and a jacket/fleece-pretty cold down there!
The grounds of the museum are just beautiful. I can easily see spending an entire day there. Also, be sure to climb up to the headworks. FYI, your ticket is actually good for 2 days
Written July 14, 2022
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AEGHOUSTON
25 contributions
Couples
We had one day in Butte and this was on the lists we saw of best things to do. We got the underground mine tour tickets in advance of arriving. The display of the mining town is a good concept. It was self guided so limited in what you can really learn about life in a town like that. For example, I was wondering where the miners actually lived. There was a phone app for information that I didn’t use and may have helped.
The underground tour was definitely worth the visit. Our tour guide made it come alive with great stories, demonstrations and sharing his personal experience.
Written August 5, 2021
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World Museum of Mining is open:
  • Sun - Mon 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM