What We Do
Open since 1970, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) is committed to preserving and interpreting the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West. The multi-purpose exhibit building offers visitors a unique and interactive experience designed to educate the public about the importance of mining and industry and its impact on our daily lives. Prominent exhibits at WMMI include:
What’s Mined is Yours Mineral Display
Walk-Through Mine Shaft (built by Colorado School of Mines)
Assay Office Display
1895 Corliss Steam Engine
Skinner Automatic Engine
Chilean Miners Rescue Pod
Outside, visitors can inspect two historic mining headframes and machines including a 1920s Osgood steam shovel and an 1840s-era Cornish walking beam engine. The working blacksmith shop and 10-stamp ore mill are open during special events or by appointment only.
In addition to its permanent displays and exhibits, WMMI is renowned for its educational Signature Events, designed to engage the community with fun, interactive activities that boost knowledge about the importance of history and earth sciences:
Family Day Geology
Family Day Science
Family Day History
WMMI proudly features over 5,000 artifacts in the 12,200 square foot exhibit hall. Located on a beautiful 27-acre site, adjacent to Exit 156 off I-25, the museum sits just north of Colorado Springs and less than one hour south of Denver.