Visit the Nederland Mining Museum and get a glimpse into the world of hard rock mining days in Boulder County during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn about the lives of the miners of yesteryear.
Nederland Mining Museum
Admission, Tours, & Special Events
- Admission is FREE
- A short talk titled Hard Rock Mining, Hard Work starts at 2 p.m. during visiting hours. You will learn the stories behind hard rocking mining and watch an original stamp mill crush ore.
- Evening at the Museum is held the the second Friday of the month at 7 p.m. A special guest speaker will present on a topic of interest to local residents.
200 N. Bridge Street
Nederland, CO 80466
- See the various “tools of the trade” and get a close-up look at the lives of the miners. Miners wore helmets equipped with lights to see in the mines; how did those change over the years? See how drills to do the mining changed as technology did.
- Ring a signal bell like the miners did to tell the hoist operator to bring them up and out of the mine.
- Dynamite was used to blast the precious metal-containing rock into smaller bits and out of the mountainsides and mines. How was dynamite stored and in what amounts could miners buy it?
- Learn about what was mined in Boulder County with the mineral display.
- See indoor and outdoor displays of trams, ore carts, engines, historic photographs and rare mining claim maps.
- You should also explore the Gillaspie House (at the corner of Bridge & 4th Streets) which is still operated by the Nederland Area Historical Society.
- The Nederland Mining Museum was created by the Nederland Area Historical Society. The Society operated the museum until the county purchased the artifact collection in the fall of 2012.
Learn More About Hard Rock Mining
The Nederland Mining Museum is just one of many ways Boulder County preserves our mining history.
Assay Office Museum
Visit the Assay Office Museum in Wall Street and see where people learned if they had “struck it rich” with their mining. Miners would take the ore they got out of the mines to the assayer. He used heat and chemicals to test the ore to find out what percentage of precious minerals were in the miner’s finds.
Virtual Hard Rock Mining Tour
Take a virtual tour of Boulder County’s mining history. A map shows locations and information about the prominent mines of this area. The Switzerland Trail Railroad also gets special attention for its role in the mining industry and life in Boulder County in general.
The Nederland Mining Museum is looking for volunteers to host visitors at the museum. Volunteers should have good public speaking skills, feel comfortable interacting with a wide range of people from children to seniors and be able to walk while presenting information. Attending a training course or shadowing/observing experienced guides, and the ability to volunteer mostly on weekends is also required. Contact Sheryl Kippen if interested.