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.