Mines Museum of Earth Science

Location & Contact Information


Mines Museum is now open with limited hours, visitor capacities, and Covid restrictions in place. Face masks are required to enter the building. Current visitor capacity is 30 people per floor, per hour, on a first-come, first-served basis. Previous reservations will still be honored. We can’t wait to see you! During your visit , stop in at the updated Museum store, also open for online shopping. The Mines Museum (formerly the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum) is home to one of the state’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission. It was started in 1874 and displays mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite, and historic mining artifact exhibits on two floors. The museum serves as the state repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage and promotes its importance and understanding to the university community and the public. It aims to inspire scientific curiosity through education and research while encouraging appreciation of the earth and responsibility for its mineral, fossil, meteorite and historic mining treasures. Visit the newly remodeled and awesome gift shop at the main entrance to the museum. And check out the realistic mine on the downstairs floor which has fluorescent minerals on display.

The Legend
Polished Stalagtite Slab
Textbook Example
Mines Museum Store
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  • Gift Shop/Shopping on Site:


Mines Museum Grand Re-Opening
Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Mines Museum