School of Mines

For tour information contact:

The Mineral Museum offers guided tours to groups of ten or more people. Tours must be arranged at least a week in advance by contacting the Museum office at 406-496-4414 or by emailing jfoley@mtech.edu.

Tour guides provide information about earth science, Butte history, and the Mineral Museum.

Tour Cost:

Free! Although there is no admission charge, the Museum welcomes donations.

School Groups

Content:

Tours cover a variety of topics including minerals, rock types, fossil formation, fluorescent minerals, and uses of minerals in everyday life. Tour content can be tailored to what the students have been learning in the classroom. If requested, an overview of earthquakes can be included in the tour. Optional activities include a Scavenger Hunt and Be a Rock Detective.

Length:

Typical tour length ranges from about 45 minutes to an hour. The Museum can cater to your schedule if a shorter tour is necessary.

Parking:

Please allow 10 to 15 minutes to find the Museum and walk from your parking place. The museum parking area is small and the lot cannot accommodate school buses. School buses should park on Park Street or the HPER parking lot and walk up to the Museum. Elevator access to the Museum is between the Museum Building and the Chemistry Building. (map)

How to book a tour:

  1. Email or call the Mineral Museum at 406-496-4414
  2. Provide the following information:
    Your name
    School/Organization
    Address
    Phone Number
    Email Contact
    Group Size
    Grade Level or Age Range of the Group
    Preferred Date and Time of Tour
  3. Groups must provide their own supervision for children.
  4. The Mineral Museum will contact you to arrange details.
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Mineral Museum Specimen Photos — by Jeff Scovil