WORLD MUSEUM OF MINING INC

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Technology

Location: PO Box 33 155 Museum Way Butte MT 59703 USA

Mission: To Preserve the Rich Historical Legacy of Mining and the Related Culture of Butte, Montana and the Surrounding Region, and to Promote this Significant Mining Heritage by Educating the Public with a Perspective Toward Total Family Interest.
Results: The World Museum of Mining is currently fundraising to make some much needed repairs to our exterior exhibit buildings. The buildings, exhibits themselves, house thousands of unique and one of a kind artifacts telling the story of mining and the diverse culture of Butte. During October 2010 we were successful in raising adequate funds to repair the roof on the School House building and our Artifact Processing Center.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Attendance at the World Museum of Mining has steadily increased over the last three years and with the proper care of the exhibits and artifacts we will have the ability to continue to provide an authentic historical venue for those interested in mining and cultural. Additionally we host hundreds of school aged children on their yearly field trips. Our education program provides the students and teaches materials to use prior to and after their trip to ensure the students receive the best educational experience possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The World Museum of Mining is like taking a walk down a live history lesson. There is so much to explore and experience. I am amazed at the hard work and dedication the small staff and volunteers do just so all may experience life in a mining town. Every inch of it is a journey full of lives and stories waiting to unfold. It has drawn me in since my childhood. I am proud to serve on the board and have some part in preserving this most unique Museum.

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I am most impressed by quality of items being preserved. As a board member, I am excited to see only good things come from this preservation of our past.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it to receive more funds to preserve al the items that are stored within its grounds. I would also like to see more funding for education about the world of mining.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I used to go to the World Museum of Mining with my parents and always took relatives along whenever they visited. I still smile as I recall the experiences and remember the excitement I felt whenever we took the trip "up the hill". Therefore when I was asked some years ago if I would be interested in joining the board of directors I was thrilled to be able to help preserve this experince for others and improve on an already fantastic historical treasure. The museum seems to improve every year and with the addition of the underground tour where you actually get to experience what the miners felt as they went down in the mines the museum is unsurpassed for providing a living walk back in time for all who venture in. I recommend a trip to the museum for anyone visitng Butte and also for anyone who lives in Butte and hasn't been there lately. There's always something new to discover. Also, the museum has more than 14,000 photos in the photo archives that are truly incredible to see. The staff and volunteers that manage this collection are extremely dedicated and will make your visit one you will never forget.

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One of my favorite things to do is watch the school children as they come in for tours. Seeing them enjoy history and learn from all that the museum has to offer is truly rewarding.

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Find ways to provide more resources. THere is always more to be done and with the energy level at the museeum and the enthusiasm of the staff and the volunteers, the only limiting factor is funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with the World Museum of Mining first as a technical consultant. The museum employees and volunteers have always really impressed me with their dedication. It doesn't matter how cramped or chilly the working conditions are, the crew is always there to get their work completed. And they're always able to wrangle up some help to fix a leaky roof or otherwise compromised outdoor exhibit. The level of community enthusiasm for the museum is really inspiring. I would love to see what this dedicated team could achieve with some better funding.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the wonderful history they are preserving for our community and witnessing how they bring that history to life for their visitors. Now my kids are the ones falling in love with the museum. Both my 11 year old daughter and my 5 year old son are thrilled to get to participate in events and in volunteer work at the museum.

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I would love to see the World Museum of Mining receive the funding needed to properly maintain and display its wide range of artifacts--photos, books, tools and equipment and more. The World Museum of Mining tells a great story about our local history and it will be wonderful to see that story expand--onsite and online--when the resources are available.

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Definitely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member I have been able to see into this non-profit at a deeper level than most including their management and operations. I have been involved with this non-profit for several years and see it mature through some rocky times and can say that the present staff and board are excellent stewards of the trust placed in them by members, donors and corporate sponsors. They have a long range plan and continue to to be the place that guards the stuff of history in their collections including one of the most amazing photograph collections held of the industrial West. This non-profit does important work and any contributions received are well spent and well managed. They are very worthy of charitable support at all levels and offer many benefits for their members as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The expanding collections of artifacts that they collect and protect and display for the public in efforts to preserve mining history

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more resources from throughout the world where this history is important.

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