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To get a taste for the city's rich history as a Colorado Gold Rush mining town, stop at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Here, you'll learn what it took to make the most of the area's resources, 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 recommended tagging along on a guided tour, saying that they were educational and fun for all ages. Previous museumgoers also advised planning your visit around one of the facility's special events, which many say are specifically geared toward 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 costs $10 for adults, $8 for students 13 and older and seniors 60 and older, and $6 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Children 3 and younger enter for free. The price of admission includes the guided tour. You can find more information on the Western Museum of Mining & Industry website.
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