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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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Would,say mine tour is a mecessity

If going into an old mine with a hard hat on and a miners light sounds interesting- it is. With out doing this -there is not much else happening here in my opinion . The walk... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If going into an old mine with a hard hat on and a miners light sounds interesting- it is. With out doing this -there is not much else happening here in my opinion . The walk down is not especially difficult and the guide will,watch over you . 2 very young kids were on my tour- so go for,it

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Do you want to see how the west was won? The mining museum was the real deal. They acquired the stores and antiques of several places around the area and created a faux ghost town, but the real attraction is the mine shaft. I have a new appreciation for the expansion of this country.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend who lives in Butte said this place was underrated but a great stop. She was dead on the money. We had a fantastic tour guide who knew the history of Butte, mining, and this particular mine inside and out. Not having any real interest in mining, the trip down the mine shaft was a real eye-opener. Very hands-on.... More 

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

Thanks for visiting. I myself could not imagine what the life of a miner was like, but the tour certainly does shed some light on the conditions they worked in. More 

Billings, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The above-surface attractions were mediocre but the tour guide (student at MT State University, Butte) was very well versed. Tour down mine shaft made it all worthwhile. Learned lots about modern day mining and got to wear lamped-helmet. What more could you want?

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Thank Taco103
Jeanette K, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and sharing your experiences. Hope you can visit again. More 

Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The purpose of the museum is to preserve a segment of American history which has otherwise been neglected. We couldn't stay for the mine tour as we would have had to wait about an hour. The gift shop has lots of interesting books and rock samples. We will come back and spend more time.

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

Sorry you were unable to go on the mine tour. I'm glad you were able to stay for the rest of the Museum. Thanks for visiting, and we look forward to seeing you when you return. More 

Butte, Montana
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Set up as an old mining town. Authentic old buildings set up like time stopped. Fun under ground mine tour takes you right in the heart a mine shaft. Only lights are that of your head lamps. Must to stop for families and history buffs or those just looking to step back to a different time.

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

Thanks for visiting! Excited we were able to take you back in time. More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I love history and Butte has a fascinating legacy as a once-rich and bustling mining town above what was considered for many years the "richest hill on earth." This is a great little museum with many aspects: an old mining "town" to walk around in, mineral and gem displays, lots of displays of old equipment and mining gear and information... More 

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

Not being an old miner myself, I do love listening to those who did mine here in Butte. They all have such a passion for their job and a huge love of their hometown. Thanks for visiting! More 

Butte, Montana
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Buildings have been moved from all over Montana to create an authentic old west town. The mine is open to visit. There is tons of old machines used for mining. The crystal and rock display is second only to the one up at Montana tech. Both are worth visiting. Low cost for hours of enjoyment.

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

Thanks for visiting. So excited you enjoyed your visit. More 

Key West
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

Butte, MT is/was a mining town with so much of it's history intertwined with the life and death struggle to extract riches from below the surface of the earth. More than 3000 men have died below Butte in that process over the years. So to better understand what Butte is all about, take the time to explore the mine and... More 

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

Thanks for visiting. Glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Richland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Nice museum and worth a stop -- local history and quaint. Husband went to college in Butte and he still learned some new things.

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Thank ezflyer1
Jeanette K, Manager at World Museum of Mining, responded to this review

Glad we were able to add to your husband's knowledge of Butte. Thanks for visiting. More 

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