Wallace District Mining Museum and Visitor Center
The Wallace District Mining Museum captures the flavor of the mining industry in Northern Idaho from the days of the early gold rush to the more recent period of world-record silver production. Artifacts, models, photographs, paintings and displays of mining activity and techniques take you back in time and deep into the history of one of the most lucrative mining districts in the country. Many of the exhibits are inside timbered mine for an authentic mining experience.
One of our featured exhibits is the large three dimensional model of the largest silver producing mine in the world - the Sunshine Mine. A documentary video on area history is included in your admission fee. Your admission is good all day so you can come and go as you please. There is a free public research kiosk accessing our databases and archives. We also provide visitor information services. The entire town of Wallace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has three museums, a mine tour, the 1910 Fire Memorial, several good places to eat, two breweries, and is the starting point for world class cycling, skiing, and off road / backcountry excursions. It’s well worth a stop.
The staff here are friendly and welcoming. The museum itself is quite small, but there's so much to learn about and see. My kids absolutely loved the scavenger hunt the staff gave them. It really got them to take an interest in the descriptions of all the items and what purpose they served. The motion sensor exhibit was quite neat and lent itself to immersing visitors in the "mining experience." My grandpa bought me some vials of gold and silver as well as some ash when I was young. I always treasured these, and now my kids have had the same special experience. They proudly display their vials on their shelf at home and talk about the museum from time to time.
This is a wealth of history. I can't wait to spend more time in here.