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World Museum of Mining

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Address: 155 Museum Way, Butte, MT 59701
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Open April thru October, the World Museum of Mining is one of the few...

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 an underground mine tour that takes you 65 ft under the surface to the shaft station of the Orphan Girl mine. 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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Always make time for this

Fascinating look into Butte's mining history. Town streets mocked up with an array of historical pieces in say a laundry, or dentist, or fire-station, or shop-store. Free to... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2016
Tess W
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edmonton
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132 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We arrived here and it was cold and windy outside, which is probably why I wasn't overly impressed It was a good display of buildings and town of what it would have been like. A lot of machinery, etc, around the property which unfortunately we didn't do a full look around which wasn't fair to the museum. But, I didn't... More 

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Thank Fishcat
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

It is hard to wonder when it is cold. We wish we could open the exhibits up more so guests do not have to look through the windows. For preservation and safety purposes, though, we have to try to maintain temperature and humidity as best we can. We do offer a Behind the Scenes Tour throughout the summer giving our... More 

United Kingdom
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114 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Fascinating look into Butte's mining history. Town streets mocked up with an array of historical pieces in say a laundry, or dentist, or fire-station, or shop-store. Free to wander around at your own pace. Mine-heads there, alongside equipment. Well worth the visit.

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Thank Tess W
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

We do have a little bit for everyone. Thanks for visiting! More 

Mountain Home, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We enjoyed he museum and the building of the mining town. Our trip down into the mine was very interesting. If you are interested and in he hisgory of mining, this is the place for you!

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Thank tsedh
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the World Museum of Mining! More 

Swansea, Illinois
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55 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Had not been there in years so enjoyed the updated displays and expanded mining town. Easy to get to through the campus of Montana Tech (WATCH YOUR SPEED, loads of college student pedestrians.

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1 Thank Larry W
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! And, thanks for the speed warning. Tech enrollment continues to increase. More 

San Diego, California
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The history is fascinating. Jim was a wonderful guide. The underground part of the tour is about an hour and we learned so much.

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1 Thank beachguy4
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

We are excited you found the museum fascinating. Thanks for visiting! More 

Houston, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 September 2016

My husband and I stopped in Butte, MT, on our way to Glacier NP from Yellowstone NP. Being a "rockhound" and student of geology, I was intrigued by the World Museum of Mining near the Montana Tech campus. We're so glad that we decided to check it out. The mine tour, as well as the restored 1890's western town were... More 

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1 Thank Tim E
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

We are excited you did check us out, and even more excited that you enjoyed the Museum. Thanks so much for visiting. More 

Kerrville
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

The World Museum of Mining, located on the campus of Montana Tech in Butte, is a tremendous collection of mining equipment and memorabilia spread out in the open air. The outdoor portion of the museum includes a replica of an old-time mining town. The equipment spread around is decently labeled but not explained. The indoor exhibits in the main building... More 

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1 Thank Richard K
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

We couldn't agree with you more on being sure to include time for the other attractions. Butte has a very unique history, and one can get a great deal of information by visiting all that Butte has to offer. Thanks for including the World Museum of Mining on your trip. More 

Fairbanks, Alaska
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited Butte after reading several books by Ivan Doig, which take place in Butte in the 1930's. I became fascinated with the history of Butte and the mines. Our tour guide, Jim, was so knowledgable and gave us a terrific underground tour. Worth the time and money! The museum itself is good but take the underground... More 

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1 Thank SMBak
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting. I'm excited you took the time to take the underground tour. It does give a whole new insight to the lives of miners. More 

Sequim, Washington
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I wasn't sure if I would like this, but my husband wanted to go. While he was checking out the mining equipment from this old mine site , I enjoyed the display of old dollhouses with their period furniture. I especially liked the Civil War and Sherlock Holmes houses. They also had a display of old dolls and action figures.... More 

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1 Thank benandollie
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! So glad you enjoyed your visit. For preservation purposes we have to keep the artifacts behind glass. We do offer a behind the scenes tour occasionally that allows visitors in the exhibits. More 

Sarasota, Florida, United States
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130 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

There's so much we take for granted and visiting this outdoor museum really put things in perspective. There's a lot to see here and some extremely poignant moments. For example the memorial wall listing the names of over 2500 men who died in accidents in the mines. Then there's the appreciation you get for how hard their lives were as... More 

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1 Thank SkipCohen
Jeanette K, General Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting. We agree on providing more interpretation, and with the help of some Montana Tech students and staff we hope to have that in the near future. More 

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