New Mexico Mining Museum

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Location: 100 North Iron Avenue, Grants.
Open: All year Mon-Sat 9-16. [2007]
Fee: Adults USD 3, Children (7-18) USD 2, Children (0-6) free, Seniors (60+) USD 2.
Classification: MineUranium Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Address: New Mexico Mining Museum, 100 North Iron Avenue, Grants, NM 87020, Tel: +1-505-287-4802, Free: +1-800-748-2142. E-mail: contact
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1950 Navajo rancher Paddy Martinez found uranium.
1950s heyday of uranium mining.



The New Mexico Mining Museum is primarly a museum. But it has an underground part, a reconstructed uranium mine right below, which may be visited on self guided tours, including the ride on a mine elevator called cage. At the lower end of the ride the visitor reaches Section 26, a central part of the abandoned uranium mine, the place where once workers, materials and mined ore left and entered the mine. There is a miners lunchroom, and an exhibit on drilling and blasting techniques.

The museum above offers various display on local history, from the early ancient cultures to modern times. The topics are railroad, logging, ranching and uranium mining. There is also an exhibition on gems and minerals from all over the world.

Although this is definitely a fine museum and as far as we know unique in the U.S.A., it is not the only Uranium Mining Museum in the World, as they proclaim.