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“quite an interesting site”

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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Reviewed July 7, 2014

many old mining artifacts and stories ... the buildings are well laid out and the area is easy to walk around in

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Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is an amazing opportunity to really learn and see the history of mining and Butte. Walking through the town of the turn of the century, the visitor really gets a feel for what life was like in Butte at that time.

Thank Sia A
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Well, the exibit was good but when I went to go in with my service dog they had an issue with him because he barked in the beginning when we first went in and I was informed he was too dusruptive, as with any pup they will bark when startled or when they dont understand and my pup is still in training, but nontheless i was disappointed with the staff judging him so soon and not allowing him the chance to calm down before turning us away.

Thank cindy k
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Tina R, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2014

Thank you for visiting. I am very sorry your dog was not allowed to enter the museum. The museum keeps up to date with ADA laws pertaining to service animals and we adhere strictly to the law. The law does however, allow us to exclude any animal that displays disorderly behavior. I understand the dog is in training, but while we were visiting the dog jumped at me several times and barked at other museum guests as they entered. For the safety and well being of all guests and staff the museum provided you with the option of entering the premises without your dog.

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

This museum has a lot to look at. It has gotten better in that years that I have gone to see it. There is even a underground tour (for a cost) that one can take.

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Reviewed June 21, 2014

We visited the World Museum of mining on the 5th of July 2013. What a wonderful time it was. The museum has many examples of old and not so old mining equipment. The equipment is in place with great explanations on many illustrated reading boards. There is the opportunity to go a little way down into a mine.

I really enjoyed a section about early mining litigation. It contained a number of three dimentional mine models used as exhibits. They really give some perspective.

There is an entire small mining town with manequins with authentic clothing and accessories.

It can be hot during the summer and there is limited shade.

Another unique feature is the proprietors had a very large collection of figures from movies and TV shows from many eras.

We were there with kids from 7 to 14 and they all enjoyed the afternoon at the Museum

1  Thank Matthew G
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