Wallace District Mining Museum

Any exploration of the Silver Valley should include a stop at the Wallace District Mining Museum. The 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.

Images

A Winter in Wallace

A Winter in Wallace

The Wallace District Mining Museum has the most extensive archive and displays about mining in the Silver Valley. | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

Early Mining Exhibit

Early Mining Exhibit

A display of how early mining methods. | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

Exploration Exhibit

Exploration Exhibit

An exhibit highlighting the exploratory methods used by miners. | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

Safety Equipment Exhibit

Safety Equipment Exhibit

This exhibit displays a variety of the safety gear workers wear while working in a mine. | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

Rock Bolting Exhibit

Rock Bolting Exhibit

A display of the equipment and techniques used in rock bolting | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

Timbering Exhibit

Timbering Exhibit

An exhibit displaying the tools and methods used to timber the mine shafts | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

Gyro Days

Gyro Days

The Wallace District Mining Museum has a vast photographic collection containing much of the town's history including this image of the Gyro Days parade. | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

Aerial Tramway Exhibit

Aerial Tramway Exhibit

The Wallace District Mining Museum has a wide variety of mining equipment on display such as this aerial tramway. | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

The Wallace District Mining Museum Staff

The Wallace District Mining Museum Staff

The museum was the recipient of the 2013 Sister Alfreda Award from the Idaho Heritage Trust. | Source: The Wallace District Mining Museum View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Wallace District Mining Museum, “Wallace District Mining Museum,” Spokane Historical, accessed June 28, 2017, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/514.
comments powered by Disqus

Share this Story