First Fridays – World Museum of Mining

On Friday, February 5th, our noon time series will feature a talk by Jeanette Kopf for the World Museum of Mining.  Ms. Kopf will speak about the Museum’s events, education, and volunteer opportunities this summer.

The World Museum of Mining is located on the campus of Montana Tech here in Butte.  Since the museum is 95% outside, it is open from April 1st through October 31.  It offers underground tours at both the 65 foot level and the 100 foot level.  This museum offers a glimpse into the history of Butte during its heyday and a unique partof our culture.


From their website:

The World Museum of Mining was founded in 1963 when the close of Butte’s mining heyday was less than two decades away. In the end, Butte experienced a century of hard-rock mining and earned the reputation of being home to one of the world’s most productive copper mines of all time. The Museum exists to preserve the enduring history of  Butte and the legacy of its rich mining and cultural heritage.

The World Museum of Mining is one of the few museums in the world located on an actual mine yard, the Orphan Girl Mine. With fifty exhibit buildings, countless artifacts, and sixty-six primary exhibits in the mine yard, visitors can spend a couple of hours to an entire day lost in the unfolding story.

By walking the streets of Hell Roarin’ Gulch and venturing to the depths of the Orphan Girl Mine, you can almost see their blackened faces and hear their exhausted sighs at the conclusion of the workday.


For more information about this event, contact Shari Curtis at the Butte Public Library 406.723.3361.

For more information or to contact The World Museum of Mining,please visit their website at World Museum of Mining