$6 for an Outing for Two at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (Up to $16 Value)


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Sprawling museum plays host to 4,000 artifacts, authentically restored ore mill, twisting mine tunnels, rotating exhibits & two burros

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After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get two admissions to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (up to a $16 value).

The only accredited mining museum in the western U.S., the Western Museum of Mining and Industry expands modern minds with physical and visceral evidence of the state’s industrial roots. More than 4,000 artifacts sprawl across the 27-acre indoor/outdoor site, including a 10-stamp ore mill, a 5,000-volume research library, and a historic farmhouse. Replete with authentic machinery from the Yellow Jacket Mill in Montezuma, Colorado, the stamp mill was carefully restored using 19th-century construction methods such as handlebar-mustache ropes and banisters carved from discarded peg legs. Explore the interconnectivity of ecosystems with the mine-reclamation exhibit, and then stop to visit the museum’s resident gold diggers, Oro and Nugget, burros similar to those used by prospectors to transport their tools, belongings, and formalwear collections. Visitors can also reimagine themselves as early pioneers as they marvel at operable steam engines and learn how to pan gold.

On Mondays and Wednesdays through October, the museum’s grounds play host to a local farmers’ market, featuring fresh produce from nearby Pueblo farms. Though not included in today’s deal, October also marks the mines’ moonlit transformation into a haunted attraction, complete with a terrifying drop into the twisted passages below, a race to escape from the spooky tunnels through vent shafts and flume slides, and a coal-eating contest ($15–$20).

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

More than 4,000 artifacts. A 27-acre campus and 5,000-volume research library. These numbers just begin to describe the massive collection gathered at Western Museum of Mining and Industry. The institution's staff delve into history as miner's burrow into the ground, finding and preserving the stories and items that fueled the industrial revolution. The standing collection focuses largely on artifacts; visitors can see operating steam engines or pan for gold.

The venue also regularly hosts special presentations in its multipurpose center, featuring events in the past such as The Gold King's Legacy, an exploration of Winfield Scott Stratton's Cripple Creek mining operation. Some events also include the Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Show, the Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival, and Haunted Mines. Discussions on topics revolving around the Industrial Revolution and mining are led by appointed speakers to educate visitors.

Customer Reviews

Loved the museum! Great artifacts and tour. We enjoyed walking around and exploring outside! We would have liked to see inside the stamp mill and a couple of other things close up but overall, a fun way to spend a couple of hours. Friendly people there!
Sherina · September 17, 2016
The staff was awesome! Spent time to answer all our questions and demonstrate how the machines worked. Lots of interesting exhibits. Great rainy day activity with the family!
Linda C. · August 24, 2016
The best museum in COS that we have visited so far! It offers several hands-on exhibits and a few demonstrations and explanations by staff that were interesting and well-timed. We enjoyed strolling around the outside structures and machines as well as the indoor ones. Definitely worth visiting!
Tara C. · August 14, 2016
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