Tours & Receptions

Guided Tours

The Museum offers paid guided tours for groups of 15 people or less. For groups larger than 15 people, please email museumevents@mines.edu.

Paid tours may be scheduled during business hours Monday through Saturday beginning at 10:00AM with the last available tour time at 3:00PM.  Tours must be booked and confirmed by Museum Staff at least one week in advance.

 

Guided Tour Details

  • 60 minutes
  • 4 person minimum, 15 person maximum
  • $13/adult, $7/seniors, $5/child

 

Bob Weimer Geology Trail

Printed brochures are available at the front desk for self-guided tours.  We do not currently offer guided trail tours.

School Group Field Trips

Guided classroom tours are limited to a maximum of 15 students plus teachers/chaperones, per tour.  For class groups larger than 15 students, we recommend booking the tour WITH activity (Option #2).  This allows a larger class to be split up into two smaller groups over a two hour period.  The indoor classroom may be available for lunch, upon availability and advance request.  There are also four large picnic tables outside of the museum for public use.

Group Visit Policies

 

OPTION #1: GUIDED TOUR ONLY (1 hour total) – 15 student max.

Elementary & Middle School Students: $5/student (teachers & chaperones FREE)

High School & College Students: $10/student (teachers & chaperones FREE)

 

OPTION #2: GUIDED TOUR + HANDS ON ACTIVITY (2 hours total) – 30 student max.

For Fall of 2022, this option is currently ONLY available on Fridays from 11AM-2PM due to classroom availability.

Elementary Students: $10/student (teachers & chaperones FREE)
ACTIVITY: Experience the, “Magic of Minerals!”  A hands-on activity that introduces students to the weird, wacky, and wonderful properties of minerals that aren’t taught in class! Explore phenomena like chatoyancy, double refraction, color-change and more while practicing the skills of scientific observation.

Middle School Students: $10/student (teachers & chaperones FREE)
ACTIVITY: “Spot the Fake”: Try your hand at being a museum Curator in, “Spot the Fake!” Students will inspect a set of “donated” specimens using basic tools and be charged with finding and rejecting the fakes. Tune your observation skills and walk on the skeptical side. You’ll be surprised by fake-looking natural specimens and natural-looking phonies.

High School & College Students: $15/studentNOT YET AVAILABLE (teachers & chaperones FREE)

***Please note, that classes with 30 students will be split into two groups; the first group will attend the tour, while the second groups participates in the activity – then, the groups rotate.

 

TO BOOK A SCHOOL GROUP VISIT, PLEASE E-MAIL MUSEUMEVENTS@MINES.EDU

BOOKING

To book a guided tour(s), please e-mail museumevents@mines.edu with “TOUR” in the subject line and include the following:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • Group/organization you represent
  • Total number of guests
  • Age range of guests (grade if school group)
  • Total number of tours
  • Type of tour requested
  • Preferred dates and times
  • Any special topic requests

A Museum staff member will reach out to you by phone or email to confirm your reservation and accept payment.  If paying by check, please make out to Mines Museum.

VIP TOURS

Behind the scenes and after-hours tours for special groups and fundraisers may be scheduled at the discretion of the Museum Director.  Additional fees apply.

Please inquire at museumevents@mines.edu

SPECIAL EVENTS & MEETINGS

  • The museum is available for rent for a fee OUTSIDE of normal operating hours.
  • Currently, we cannot offer seated dinners at the Museum due to space constraints.
  • We can accommodate receptions for up to 300 people.
  • Special lighting, sound, and/or technology available upon request (fees may apply).
  • The conference room across the hall from the Museum can also be reserved, and seats up to 40 people.
  • Please review our Events Policies here
  • A suggested table layout is provided here to help visualize the space

Please submit special event requests to museumevents@mines.edu