The New Mexico Mining Museum preserves the history of the uranium boom that swept the southwest in the 1950s and lasted through the early 1980s. The main floor of the museum has exhibits, relics, and videos about the general history of Grants and Cibola County. But the main focus is the uranium boom, and that's where the mine comes in...

An elevator drops you below the building, and when the door opens, you walk into a complete recreation of an underground uranium mine. Mine locomotives and ore cars, muckers, drills, and other equipment are located in various places, with exhibit placards explaining how the ore was mined back in the days of the boom.