There is SO much history within Colorado, as well as the American West, it's no wonder you need a museum to cover just one important section of it - mining!
The Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) preserves and interprets the rich mining history of the area, and it's a great place for kids to really understand how important this industry was for the state - and how important the state was for the industry!
Within the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, you'll find over 4,000 artifacts which are on display across a HUGE 27 acres of museum space - both indoors and outdoors.
Kids can use the exhibits as a learning tool to uncover Colorado history, geology, mining and industrial technology, and even the environment.
Have you ever seen a 10-stamp mill up close (or even knew what it was!?) Here, you can see a carefully reproduced stamp mill that was actually rebuilt using 19th century construction methods, showcasing machinery typical of the Western mills from as far back as 1890!
The Reynolds Ranch House is also a great exhibit within this museum, with it's Queen Anne Farmhouse style, showcasing what life would have been like in a once-thriving community.
Kids - what do you know about mine reclamation? If you said "not much", that will change soon! Also at the WMMI you can learn all about mine reclamation, where mined lands are restored after the mining has finished. So important to the environment, the wildlife, and the water quality, it's an invaluable lesson for kids to understand why conservation and the planet is so important!
The museum also has special exhibits across the year, which change every few months, so there is no excuse not to go back to learn something new!
A fascinating day out through the rich history of Colorado at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry for the whole family!
I-25 to Exit 156, Opposite the North
Entrance to the United States Air Force Academy.
$6.00 (Ages 4-12)
Seniors and military/AAA discount
3 years with paid adult
There are plenty of places nearby where you can fill up including a chick-fil-a, subway and a Taco bell.
They have daily guided tours at 10am and 1pm - FREE with admission!
They of course have a gift shop! You can pick up an exciting range of exhibit-related merchandise, great history books and even regional jewelry!
The museum offer high school students an educational and entertaining field trip experience through guided tours or self guided tours. The tours reinforce the curriculum they are learning, and they offer great admission discounts for the students.
Just have a look at whats close!
Give them a call if you have any questions about the accessibility of the exhibits - they will be happy to help! Service dogs are permitted
WMMI follows Academy School District 20's weather delay and closure policy. If D20 is on delay or closed, WMMI is likely also delayed or closed.