Jack and I have been wanting to go to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, for quite some time. This week was the first opportunity we’ve had to go and spend time there and we’re so glad that we did. It was amazing! If you are interested in mining, at all, you need to make a trip to Leadville and check out the museum.
The museum has 25,000 square feet of information and artifacts from all over the world, from about 500 B.C. to present day. We thought that the subject matter would only be precious and non-precious metals and were pleasantly surprised to see that they also have an extensive collection of gems and minerals from the United States as well as other countries. The gems are broken down by country and area within the country, so it’s interesting to see what may have come from where you live.
This museum has some great dioramas of what life was like for the miners. They are really impressive and interesting to look at. There is also an area that you can walk through that is made like an underground mine would look as well as an interactive area to “pan for gold”. Besides the normal things you see in museums, there’s a Hall of Fame that’s quite interesting. The Hall of Fame tells about people throughout history that were involved in mining. Many of them are people you never would have thought of and we enjoyed learning about them. All in all, it’s a really nice museum!
It’s suggested that you allow two hours to tour the museum. Jack and I were there for about that much time. I would say that 1.5-2 hours is the right amount of time for most people.