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Western Museum of Mining & Industry

Western Museum of Mining & Industry

Tour the Museum

Western Museum of Mining & Industry can accommodate a variety of group sizes and special tour requests. Whether you’re planning a large group visit or you’re simply looking to bring the family in, you’ve come to the right place. Our museum offers the option of self-guided tours any time or guided tours lead by one of our dedicated and highly knowledgeable docents.

Guided tours and “Keep-What-You-Find Gold Panning” are included with admission. Guided tours occur daily at 10:00 am & 1:00 pm.

Admission Rates:

  • $10 - Adult

  • $9 - Military/AAA

  • $8 - Senior over 60+

  • $8 - Student 13+*

  • $6 - Child 4 - 12*

  • Free - Children under 3 - with paid Adult

* Individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Field trips & group tours

If you’re looking to schedule a visit for a large party, field trip, special group, etc., (generally 10+ persons) please contact the museum and we’ll be delighted to work with you based on your needs.

WMMI offers students of all ages an educational and entertaining experience through guided-tours or a self-directed experience. A trip to the museum not only introduces students to a lifelong learning resource in their community but also reinforces curriculum presented in the classroom in an informal and engaging setting. The museum tour, which meets Colorado Model Content Standards, is customizeable to your students' educational needs and flexible to adjust, based on your specific time commitments and scheduling.

Our standard field trip tour consists of three components:

  1. View exhibits and displays that educate students about mining techniques including: gold panning, the process of hard rock mining and the history of mining across the western United States.

  2. History and education on the Industrial Revolution where interpreters discuss the history / impact of the First and Second Industrial Revolution as well as steam engines and their uses. During this portion of the tour, students will have the opportunity to see a fully operational, 35-ton Corliss Steam Engine in action!

  3. Conclusion with a short educational movie about western and mining history and the impact of mining on our daily lives.

In addition to museum tours, WMMI offers a variety of educational in-reach programs designed to enhance your experience. Our in-reach programs are highly popular among teachers and educators that plan their trips with us each year, as the programs are designed to support classroom education and curriculum. The following educational in-reach opportunities are currently available. Please remember to ask how you can incorporate one of these amazing sessions into your visit!

  • Mineral ID

  • Pikes Peak Regional History

  • Simple Machines

  • Cookie Mining

PRICING:

  • Elementary-aged students are $5, non-teacher chaperones, such as parents, are $5, and teachers and aides are free.

  • Students 13 and older are $6, non-teacher chaperones are $6, and teachers and aides are free.

  • There is an additional charge of $1 per student if you select one of the in-reach programs.

For questions or information about scheduling your next field trip or group tour, please call 719-488-0880 or email one of our staff members below. We see an increase in tour bookings during certain times of the year so be sure to schedule well in advance.

Tour / Scheduling Contact:

Christine Nestlerode | giftshop@wmmi.org

 
WMMI Front Desk

WMMI Front Desk

Hours:

Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Open year-round (closed major holidays)

Special considerations:

  • Handicap accessible parking

  • Service animals allowed w/appropriate documentation

*NOTE* During museum special events normal guided tours are not available. Visitors may still self-guide through the museum. Machines in the lobby will be demonstrated periodically throughout the day. Please check our event calendar here to see special event dates. 

 

Location

Western Museum of Mining & Industry is conveniently located in North Colorado Springs (I-25, Exit 156) directly across from the prestigious United States Air Force Academy at:

225 North Gate Boulevard

Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Front Desk / General Info:

719-488-0880

rsvp@wmmi.org

719-488-9261 (fax)

 
 
 

*NOTE* When using the "directions" feature on Google Maps, it will direct you to take Bass Pro Drive. This is NOT the way to get to the museum. The museum entrance is directly connected to North Gate Blvd.