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

2016 Inductees

Prazen Award

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

February 17th, 2017 Chocolate, Wine & Beer Tasting Event at the Mine:

Mining companies get a bad rap in the press. No one wants a mine in their back yard. On the other hand everyone wants computers, TV sets, cars, cameras, washing machines, cell phones and all the other good stuff of modern culture. And just about all of that good stuff begins life somewhere in the ground. “The people of mining work hard, safe, and honorably, taking pains to cause as little damage to the environment as possible and remediating that which is inevitable. I have come to admire these dedicated workers, craftsmen, and artisans who transform dirt into the raw material of civilization." Excerpted from an interview with photographer, László Bencze, regarding his exhibition, "Onsite: Men of Mining," at ViewPoint Gallery.                    


László Bencze's "Onsite: Men of Mining," will be on temporary exhibition at the National #Mining Hall of Fame & Museum next year. Don't miss your opportunity to meet the artist and view the exhibit at the Feb. 17th Wine at the Mine wine and beer tasting event!


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National Mining Hall Of Fame and Museum

Newsletter 2016


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


Open Tuesday-Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM


Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day


Closed during the day on February 17 to allow the staff to prepare for our Wine in the Mine event that evening.


Open Monday starting May 1, 2017


120 West Ninth St.
Leadville, CO

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General Admission: $12

Student Admission: $10

Children Under 6: Free

Admission discounted $2 for seniors (65 & older), active/retired military, members of AAA/AARP

Free admission for members of AAM and NARM

Free admission for active military and immediate family (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

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