A Mother Lode of Earthly Treasures

The wealth just under our feet has shaped the history of this area. One of the world's largest gem and mineral shows is held in Tucson every February, and a smaller version of the winter event is growing every year in September. Mining is a major portion of the economies of the southern Arizona region and of the entire state of Arizona. 

From prospectors coming to strike it rich in the 1800s to the more modern mining practices of today, Southern Arizona is full of mining history. Take exciting and informative tours through a number of active and inactive mines, and experience the rich history of this area.


Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

At the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, a captivating destination that delves into the town's vibrant mining history. Once known as the "Queen of the Copper Camps," Bisbee comes alive through this museum's extensive collection of artifacts and interactive exhibits, offering a compelling glimpse into the lives of miners from the late 19th century. For mining enthusiasts, guided tours of the Copper Queen Mine provide a thrilling underground adventure, unveiling the intricate network of tunnels and the challenges faced by the mining community. Whether you're a history buff or seeking an educational and immersive experience, the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum promises a fascinating journey into the heart of Arizona's mining heritage.


street view of Bisbee with historic-looking storefronts



ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center & Mine Tours

Embark on a captivating exploration of Arizona's mining legacy at the ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center & Mine Tours. Visitors are invited to delve into the fascinating world of mining through engaging exhibits and interactive displays at the Discovery Center, providing a comprehensive overview of the industry's history and technological advancements. The highlight of the adventure lies in the guided mine tours, where guests can descend into the depths of a working mine, witnessing firsthand the intricate processes involved in extracting valuable minerals. With knowledgeable guides leading the way, this immersive experience at ASARCO promises to satisfy the curiosity of those who appreciate the ingenuity and grit behind mining operations, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an authentic journey into the heart of Arizona's mineral wealth.


Interior of an exhibit with screens and stations that show mining sites and minerals


Dig deeper into Tucson's mining history and discover a museum dedicated to the preservation of minerals and meteorites at the Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum.