The premier showcase of American mining

Miners posing at the Suffolk Mine in San Miguel County, Colorado.



Explore the history of a mineral that makes steel stronger, mined in Leadville, CO!




Explore a recreation of a coal mine!




Find minerals from Colorado to Africa in the Frost Collection!


Explore our 25,000 sq.ft. of interactive and informative exhibits!

About Us



Educational Resources

Hall of Fame

Learn about the industrious men and women who changed the mining world.

About the Hall of Fame

Browse Inductee Database

2015 Inductees

Matchless Mine

Visit the historic site of the Matchless Mine and learn the story of the infamous Silver King and Baby Doe.

About the Matchless


Hours and Location

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to

“tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American public.”


A federally chartered non-profit, located in the famous 1880's silver boomtown of Leadville, Colorado at the top of the Rocky Mountains. The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered the discovery, development and processing of our nation's natural resources.

Known as the "Smithsonian of the Rockies" and the "Premier Showcase of American Mining," the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum came to be in 1987. Our building was built in 1899 and was formerly the Leadville High School. Our museum houses 25,000 square feet of interactive and informative exhibits showcasing our collection of mining's colorful history.




Federal Charter


Board of Directors

Board of Trustees

Board of Governors

History of Leadership


May - November 15, 2015:

Open 7 Days a Week, 9 AM - 5 PM  


November 16, 2015 - May 9, 2016:

Open Tues - Sun, 9 AM - 5 PM (Closed MONDAYS)


The Museum will also be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day


120 West Ninth St.
Leadville, CO

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General Admission: $10

Student/Child Admission: $8

Children Under 6: Free

Discounted admission for seniors, military, and members of AAA, and AARP

Free admission for active military and members of AAM and NARM