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“Fascinating Museum”

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Bisbee
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Owner description: 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.
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fascinating Museum”
Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

A surprisingly good museum in such a small town. We were greeted inside and given a quick overview of the history of Bisbee and had our questions answered. The downstairs section reinforced this. And when you go upstairs to the section done by the Smithsonian, the beautyof the minerals will blow your mind.
If you combine this visit with the Queen Mine tour, you'll have a good grasp of what mining in Bisbee was like.
Thanks to all.

Visited February 2014
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Rochester, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
388 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

This small museum did a great job telling the story of mining in Arizona and the growth of Bisbee. Provided a good explanation of the seemingly unplanned development of a city that at one time was 22,500 people. The volunteers were friendly and helpful and had their own stories to share. We spent 90 minutes and could have spent more. Well done!

Visited February 2014
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Rochester, New York
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99 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Great Introduction to Mining in the Area”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

Takes about an hour or more to explore the history of Bisbee and the mining community. This visit should precede going on the mine tour.

Visited February 2014
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New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
498 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Essential to Understanding Bisbee”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

Bisbee is a great tourist town and art colony, with now mostly-ended mining attractions such as the Copper Queen and Lavender Pit. But how did it get where it is now? This small and very manageable museum presents a fascinating picture of the social and economic drivers in Bisbee from the late 19th century on, including the labor turmoil, the brothels, and the rise and fall of the mining powerhouses. Don't miss the room behind the executive hall, especially if you have young people along - you won't believe what the strange helmet with electric wires was used for! The shop is small but very well stocked, with a fine selection of books about border issues and integration and immigration. The tire used on one of the machines in the "Pit" is worth the admission all by itself.

Visited January 2014
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New Hampshire
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A must-see in Bisbee”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

In conjunction with a tour of the Queen Mine, this museum puts the mining scene of yesteryear Bisbee in perspective.

At one time, this now-touristy town was said to be the third most-populous town west of the Mississippi, after San Francisco and St Louis. People flocked here because of the copper mines, and where there are miners, there are services to support them, from to brothels to bars.

The museum is family-friendly, and offers a look at some of the equipment as well as information about the people who made Bisbee was it was, from miners to mine-owners.

There's an exhibit also about a strike-breaking event back in the World War I era, when union members were rounded up with the connivance of local law authorities and deported to New Mexico.

The museum is just steps away from the Queen mine tour, and from several good restaurants and numerous shops selling art and such.

Visited January 2014
Thank David R
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