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World Museum of Mining, Butte

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The World Museum of Mining is a museum and memorial in Butte, Montana.

Chartered in 1964 as a non-profit educational corporation, the Museum first opened its doors in July 1965. The site, an inactive silver and zinc mine named the Orphan Girl, includes 50 buildings on some 22 acres of land. Copper and zinc were the most common ores found in this mine.
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  • The guide was great, but much of the museum was lacking. The impression that I got was that most of the displays were just there with no explanation as to what it was, how it was used, why it was...  more »
  • This experience gave us a real appreciation of the difficulties and hardship the underground miners experienced. Our tour guide, Walker, presented detailed historical information and best of all...  more »
  • We had an excellent tour of the Orphan Girl Mine led by Michael. The World Museum of Mining focuses on the mining in Butte although there are displays that weren’t used in the Orphan Girl Mine. The displays in the mine are interesting. They have an eclectic collection of items on the property-some vintage from the era and town and some from other areas. Much restoration is still needed on the mines and grounds. Included in the modest price is admission to the doll house/doll displays and rock display from around the world. Worth a stop if you’re in the area.
  • We visited the museum in the morning on Aug.10th.2019. The museum is good and we think it worth to visit but we have a very bad experience from the museum staff, a lady at the reception When we arrived the museum there was just a lady at the reception. We visited many other parks, museums and usually the reception staff would greet us and ask if we need any help. When we arrived this museum, the lady just looked us with cold face and didn’t say anything to us. We said hello and asked her if she could give us some brief introduction about the museum and some suggestion for the visit, she almost said nothing and seemed reluctantly to give us any information. We still bought the ticket and thought it might because people have different personality, some people are warm and some people are cold. But when I finished my visit and I stood at the entrance to wait my husband and son. At that time I found the lady at the reception was warmly greeting a Caucasian people and they were talking and laughing. It seemed she was totally a different person from what I had saw an hour ago. I still tried to look at this matter in good faith. I thought it might because we were not very good at English and the lady felt difficult to give us detailed information so she said little. So I still said “Thank you” to the lady before I went out of the room. The lady replied “Thank you” to me in cold manner and she even didn’t bother to look up her head. She just kept looking down to her paper. There just only she and me in the room at that time. So I totally understood we were not welcomed in the museum just because my Asian face. We are Chinese living in Canada and we travelled during the summer vacation in U.S. It really the worst experience for us during our this year’s trip. I sincerely hope the museum could post on their website or other place to state they have own preference for visitors. So we will know we are not welcomed in advance and we can avoid to visit. Thanks!
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