The Orphan Girl Mine
Learn about the Girl’s history and the original structures still visible, including the 100-foot-tall headframe and the Hoist House, which houses exhibits as well as original equipment. You can climb into the cages that were crammed with six or seven miners for their daily trip 2700-feet down the shaft. In the summer of 2013, the Museum received a grant from the MT Office of Tourism to renovate the headframe. Visitors can now walk up into the Orphan Girl, exploring the workings of the headframe, including the ore bins and the Lorry rail car.
The Mine Yard
66 major exhibits with dozens of smaller items give you a feel for the kinds of equipment that were used in mining from the 1860s to the 1970s. See how long you can hold one of the jackhammers that miners manhandled for hours each day!
The underground exhibit is a re-creation of a big part of a miner’s life that will leave you smiling and shaking your head in amazement! The display includes photographs from our Photo Archives, with the popular series that shows how a mule was trussed up for his umpleasant trip down the mine shaft.
Hell Roarin’ Gulch
A faithful re-creation of an 1890s mining town, with 15 intact historic structures and approximately 35 buildings constructed from old materials by the many volunteers who put the museum together from the mid-1960s to the 1980s. The buildings are fully stocked with thousands of period artifacts. The town includes several buildings that were brought in as complete, original, historic structures, including two churches, the school house, superintendent’s house, and others.
Remembering a Fallen Miner
For the first time in Butte’s history those who lost their life in a mining, mill/smelter, concentrator, or railroad accident are memorialized at the World Museum of Mining. Four memorial walls, constructed of polished black granite slabs, are sandblasted with the names of over 2,500 men that lost their lives in the Silver Bow Mining District since 1865.
The majority of the specimens contained in the World Museum of Mining display cases were collected by Roy Garrett. Roy worked in Butte’s underground mines for over forty years. His first mining job was at the museum’s Orphan Girl Mine.
Samie Keith Doll & Dollhouse Exhibit
The Samie Keith collection represents a lifetime fascination with dolls and dollhouses. This exhibit will serve to honor her passion and her devotion to the World Museum of Mining. You won’t believe the detail when you look into the buildings and houses. Furniture, appliances, and every item of every day life…it’s all there.
Books, souvenirs, and much more! Expanded and renovated in 2005.