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World Museum of Mining
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Butte
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Open April thru October, the World Museum of Mining is one of the few museums in the world located on an actual mine yard - the Orphan Girl. This 44 acre museum exhibits more than a century of American history and brings it to life. 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. Our displays and exhibits focus on mining and the related culture and ethnic groups that made Butte, MT their home. The World Museum of Mining offers two underground mine tous that take you into the depths of the Orphan Girl mine. The 65 ft tour is a glimpse of the underground and takes about an hour. The 100 ft tour gives more history and gives visitors the opportunity to see the Orphan Girl vein. The 100 ft tour takes approximately 1.5 hours. Get fitted with a miner's hard hat, cap lamp and battery belt to experience life underground! Space is limited and reservations are recommended. The World Museum of Mining is open daily at 9:00 am April - October. From time to time weather conditions affect our ability to offer all available services.
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“Not open as posted”
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Was really looking forward to visiting, but not open as the signing, website and voicemail claimed. We visited on Sunday 10/13/13 and showed up at 10AM after all postings claimed that they opened at 9. Extremely disappointed to add another failed attempt to see Montana after the government shutdown the National Parks.

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Tina R, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. Approximately 90% of the museum is located outdoors, so weather occasionally forces us to close for the safety of our visitors and employees. I completely understand your frustration with receiving incorrect information about the museum hours. We are currently reviewing procedures and plan to make improvements in how we notify visitors of hour changes and/or closures. Again, thank you for helping us make improvements to our facility!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Gem of a place!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Great place to read and learn about an industry that built many a nation. Very friendly staff. Great books on mining available.

Visited September 2013
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Strawberry Point, Iowa
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Museum OK--but tour the mine”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

I lived in Butte, but didn't visit this attraction until a few years ago. I cannot say that my daughter and i enjoyed the museum itself, but the tour of the mine that is offered is was excellent. Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting, and we learned a lot about mining and the history of the mines in our 'town'. If you are a visitor, i wouldn't pass up the opportunity to sign up for the tour. SPECIFY that what you wantis the tour, or you'll be charged for both the museum AND the tour.

Visited October 2012
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Tina R, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Very happy to hear you and your daughter enjoyed our underground mine tour. It is a very realistic experience! Thanks for visiting.
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Etters, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Interesting way to spend a an hour or two”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Interesting place to stop in Butte. I would say you can do this stop in 1 1/2 -2 hours. The town is a nice look at how it was during the mining era and there is a lot of information to read and learn about. We didn't tour the mine but stayed above ground instead. Well worth the time. Just a warning - if your GPS takes you on a dirt road that seems to go to nowhere: keep driving. The GPS brought us out behind the museum although I am not even sure it was a real road.

Visited July 2013
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Edmonds, WA
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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Underground”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

My kids liked the part where you dress up like a miner with hard hat,light, and power cell and walked around the underground tunnels. The lecture and exhibits about how mining is hard work taught them to work hard at school and get a good job so that they don't have to mine. :)

Visited August 2013
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