Colorado Mining Museums

Written by on February 10, 2013 in CO Attractions - Comments Off on Colorado Mining Museums

The early days of Colorado were shaped by the miners who came to find gold and silver. Remnants of the old mining town yet remain, and in many cases, the towns have been revitalized to preserve their amazing history.

Hard rock mining was a tough and dangerous way to make a living. Dark damp tunnels, chilling cold, the danger of catastrophic tunnel failure — all these and more were the challenges men had to tackle to wrest the precious metal from the soaring peaks of the Rockies.

There are museums throughout Colorado that celebrate these rough and ready men and the lifestyle they led. Here’s a rather comprehensive list of the places you can visit to learn more about the early history of Colorado and the men (and women) who helped shape it.

Clear Creek Mining and Milling Museum
23rd Avenue and Riverside Drive, Idaho Springs
303.567.4709

Colorado History Museum
1300 Broadway, Denver
coloradohistory.org
303.866.3682

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
16th and Maple St., Golden
Geology.mines.edu/museum
303.273.3815

Cripple Creek District Museum
5th and Bennett Avenues, Cripple Creek
Cripple-creek.co-us/CrippleCreekDistrictMuseum.aspx
719.689.2634

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
dmns.org
303.322.7009

Gilpin County Historical Society Museum
228 E. High Street, Central City
gilpinhistory.org
303.582.5283

Heritage Museum and Visitor Center
2080 Miner Street, Idaho Springs
historicidahosprings.com

Lafayette Miner’s Museum
108 E. Simpson Street, Lafayette
cityoflafayette.com/Page.asp?NavID=802
303.665.7039

Lowell Thomas Museum
298 Victor Avenue, Victor
victorcolorado.com/museum.htm
719.689.5509

Matchless Mine
120 W. 9th Street, Leadville
mininghalloffame.org
719.486.1229

National Mining Hall of Fame
120 W. 9th, Leadville
mininghalloffame.org
719.485.1229

Nederland Historical Society and Museum
4th and Bridge Streets, Nederland
cloradoprospector.com/Prospecting_Events/Ned_museum.htm
303.285.3575

Ouray County Historical Society and Museum
420 Sixth Street, Ouray
ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org
970.325.4564 or 970.325.4075

Pikes Peak Heritage Center at Cripple Creek
9283 S. Highway 67, Cripple Creek
pikes_peak.com
visitcripplecreek.com
719.689.3315 or 877.858.4653

Silverton Mining Heritage Center
1557 Greene Street, Silverton
silvertonhistoricsociety.org
970.387.5838

Walsenburg Mining Museum
101 E. 5th Street, Walsenburg
spanishpeakscountry.com/WalsenburgMiningMuseum.aspx
719.738.1992

Western Museum of Mining and Industry
1025 Northgate Road, Colorado Springs
wmmi.org
800.752.6558

*information courtesy of the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

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