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Western Museum of Mining and Industry

225 North Gate Boulevard | Colorado Springs, CO 80921 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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To get a taste for the city's rich as a Colorado Gold Rush mining town, stop at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Here you'll learn what it took to take advantage of the land, from the machines used to extract precious minerals (like gold) to the laws used to protect the American Frontier from over-mining. While here, you can also try your hand at gold-panning and see for yourself the effort it takes to get rich.

You're welcome to explore the museum on your own, but many recent visitors recommend tagging along on a guided tour. "The tour guide is fabulous and so is the tour," said one TripAdvisor user. "I am a school principal and I am planning on recommending it to my teachers as an option for a school field trip." Previous museumgoers also recommend planning your visit around one of the facility's special events, which many say are specifically geared towards kids.

You'll find this museum approximately 15 miles north of central Colorado Springs along Route 87. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 to $6 for children and includes the guided tour. You can find more information on the Western Museum of Mining & Industry website.

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