The Premier Showcase of American Mining


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.”


Through three levels of exhibits, you will be immersed in the story of mining. Wander through replicas of caves and mines to learn about coal, gold, and other extrodinary gems and minerals found by geologists and miners around the world. Click on a room below to get a glimpse of the wonders that await you at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.


Visit the fourth level terrace for an awe-inspiring view of the Rockies from the highest point in Leadville. The Mining Hall of Fame is located on the fifth floor of the building where you can read about the industrious men and women who changed the mining world.


Check out this blog, the Nan Miller Times, to read about Leadville's Mining District and our exhibits.


See a map of our floor plan.



First Level

Be awed by the specimens on this floor, including meteorites and Herkimer diamonds.


Prospector’s Cave


Fluorescent Rocks


Expanding Boundaries: Harrison Schmitt and the New Mining Frontier


Second Level

Learn about molybdenum and its various and surprising uses!


Frost Minerals


Boart Longyear 125th Anniversary Drilling Exhibit


Lighting the Mines


Molybdenum Car


The World of Molybdenum: The Making of a Modern Metal


Third Level

Coal, gold, and marble, oh my! Walk through two recreated mines and learn about these three important resources.


Buried Sunlight: Coal Mining in America


Coal Mine














Colorado Yule Marble Quarry


Riches from the Ground


Mining Your Public Lands…Yesterday and Today


Magic Room of Industrial Minerals


Scale Room


De Re Metallica and German Mining


Railroads and Mining: Building the West


Hard Rock Mine


Hank Gentsch Diorama Room


Gold Rush Room


Leadville Room


Temporary Exhibit



About the Museum

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

2017 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