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September 4,2020

Travelers’ Choice Award for Top 10% of Attractions Worldwide


Museum Recognized Among Best in United States,

Based on Outstanding 2019 Visitor Reviews


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Sept. 4, 2020—The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colo., is a winner of the 2020 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award. Each year, TripAdvisor combs through reviews, ratings, and saves from travelers everywhere, and uses that info to award the very best. It’s an exclusive group made up of the top 10 percent of attractions worldwide. Check out the reviews.

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at TripAdvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for visitors/guests as the world begins to venture out again.”

At the museum, you can learn about mining through geology, science, historic preservation, and even art. You can also find fascinating facts about Leadville’s mining history.


Museum Highlights

  • Get a sense of the underworld by walking through life-sized mine replicas.

  • See raw metals and sparkling gems.

  • Learn about the minerals in your toothpaste and smartphone.

  • Learn about the safety and environmental measures in modern mines.

  • Glimpse the future by exploring mining in space and discover how precious metals make green energy possible.

  • Browse the Hall of Fame, which showcases information on nearly 250 mining luminaries. There you can meet the people who dug into the earth and brought out treasures that made our society what it is today.


Together, the exhibits and artifacts tell the story of mining, its people, its importance to the American public, and to society’s sustainability. Learn how mining has changed over the centuries—and what to expect in the future. Discover the many ways that today’s lifestyle depends on minerals. The museum is open 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. daily. Face mask required.


Matchless Mine

The museum’s Matchless Mine site is currently closed for rehabilitation. Next spring, you can take surface tours of one of the richest silver mines of the era. You can enter the cabin where the legendary and star-crossed Baby Doe Tabor, second wife of mining magnate Horace Tabor, lived out her days penniless and alone.


Museum funding has been provided by Colorado Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

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Hall of Fame

Learn about the industrious men and women who changed the mining world.

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Prazen Award 

Matchless Mine

Visit the historic site of the Matchless Mine and learn the story of the infamous Silver King and Baby Doe.

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