The Premier Showcase of American Mining

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Our Federal Charter 

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum was established in Leadville in 1987 and is a federally-chartered, non-profit organization. Its operations and growth depend entirely on admissions, gift shop sales, memberships and contributions.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is the only national mining museum with a federal charter, which was passed in a joint resolution (S.J.Res.192) of the second session of the 100th Congress of the United States of America and approved by President Ronald Reagan on November 14, 1988.

Click here to see a copy of the Congressional Resolution.

About the Museum

Explore our 25,000 sq.ft. of interactive and informative exhibits!

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Educational Resources

Hall of Fame

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

About the Hall of Fame

Browse Inductee Database

2020 Inductees

Prazen Award 

Matchless Mine

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

About the Matchless


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