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“Over 4,000 artifacts on display”
In 1970, the Museum of the West was incorporated as a private non-profit with a mission to preserve and interpret the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West. The nucleus of the collection was a group of mining artifacts contributed to the museum by Mr. Frederick McMenemy Farrar and Mrs. Katherine Thatcher Farrar. In 1972 the name was changed to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry to better define the museum focus. The museum received its full accreditation by the American Association of Museum in 1979 and, in acknowledgment of its high standards and successes, was re-accredited in 1980 and 2000. Over 4,000 artifacts are on display at the 27-acre indoor/outdoor exhibit site; which includes a ten-stamp ore mill, a multi-purpose center with exhibits, a theater and a 5,000-volume research library. The entire exhibit complex is an exciting and exceptional tool for learning about Colorado history, mining and industrial technology, geology, and the environment.
Decided to pop in on a quiet Wednesday with nothing to do. What a great decision! We happened to come in time for the 1 o'clock tour of the museum and are so glad we made it in time. Ray was our... Read more
This is an incredible collection of mining tools and early engines. The docents are knowledgeable and add a lot to the experience; we took one of the scheduled tours and got to see the engines... Read more
Super cool museum! They offer 2 tours everyday starting at 10 and 2pm (I think it's 2pm). I definitely recommend that you come during one of the tours. The tour lasted about 45 minutes and it was... Read more
Western Museum of Mining & Industry
- Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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