Tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American public.
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has been located in Leadville since 1987. We have a Congressional charter, but receive no financial support from national, state, or local governments. The Hall of Fame, Museum, and historic Matchless Mine link Lake County, surrounding counties, and Colorado with their mining heritage and that of the nation as a whole. The Hall of Fame includes plaques commemorating the accomplishments of 236 individuals whose energy, determination, inventions, and entrepreneurial spirit had an important impact on mining in the United States. Biographies and photos of the inductees are freely accessible on the organization's website. The Museum contains 25,000 square feet of interactive exhibits that provide information about the history, present status, and future of mining. In addition to long-term exhibits, the Museum offers several short-term exhibits each year. The Matchless Mine, 1.25 miles east of Leadville, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its educational guided and self-guided tours during the summer allow visitors to relive the gripping story of boom and bust, fame and fortune, and love and loss of Horace, Augusta, and Baby Doe Tabor, who were central characters in Leadville mining and Colorado history. Colorado Mountain College-Timberline Campus students and Lake County's 1,000 school children, 67% of them eligible for free or reduced lunch, can visit any of the facilities for free. Community Appreciation Day allows any Lake County resident to enter the facilities without paying. Opening events and the popular annual wine tasting attract hundreds of people from surrounding counties and the Front Range. Our primary focus is Leadville and Lake County, but more than 20,000 visitors come from all 50 states and many other countries each year.
"After breaking myself off while on the hill I decided to go on a little adventure over to Leadville and stopped into this museum I've heard about. The idea of trading in my 9-5 in favor of finding massive gold nuggets and striking it rich has always been appealing. Just as the 49ers found out, it's not all kittens and roses and this place does amazing job of honoring the sacrifices of those that not only dig up shiny things but those that keep this country running. I think I was most impressed with the detail of the exhibits. From mock mines containing entire sections of actual minerals encrusted walls removed from real mines, to glowing fluorescent stones this place houses more artifacts than you can enjoy in just a single visit. I also have to add that the ladies at the front desk were super sweet. A must visit." Dustin S., Clearwater Beach, FL (Yelp review)