Posts Tagged ‘Bisbee Mining Museum’


At 47 degrees Fahrenheit year round, the Queen Mine is the coolest place to be in the summer anywhere in Arizona.  The Queen Mine operated from 1877 – 1975. It has seven levels with 143 miles of passageways. The Mine has natural ventilation due to the many shafts and drifts.

Outfitted in hard hat, miner’s headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors descend into the Queen Mine Tour each year—heading underground and back in time. Tour guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama.  Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground.  Some of the tour guides are already in their 80’s.  So, come visit soon.

Old Bisbee Map

Five tours depart each day, seven days a week, from the Queen Mine Tour Building, located immediately south of Old Bisbee’s business district, off the U.S. 80 interchange.

9:00am, 10:30am, Noon, 2:00pm, 3:30pm
$13 for adults
$5.50 for ages 4-12
(taxes are included)
Children under 4 are free.

Prices subject to change
Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Read about the  Queen Mine Tour history and the Bisbee mining history.

Browse through the beautiful rocks at the gift shop inside the Queen Mine Tour building.  You can also pick up brochures and maps at the Bisbee Visitors Center next to the gift shop.  Our volunteers are willing and ready to help you plan a wonderful visit in Bisbee.

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum is another “must see” while you’re in Bisbee.  It’s part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliations Program, the first museum in the southwest to be designated – and distinguished – as an Affiliate since 1998.  Once a year the Mining Museum also sponsors a Turquoise Hunt where rock hounds can hunt for the valuable Bisbee turquoise – the Bisbee Blue.  (2013 Turquoise Hunt is cancelled, call around mid year 2014 regarding 2014 Turquoise Hunt.)





A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

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The 5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour (2010) – Doors Wide Open – is bigger and better than ever.  It is scheduled for June 12, Saturday and June 13, Sunday.   Below is the Press Release:

5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour : “Doors Wide Open”

Discover 21 amazing, unique and totally different historic establishments at the 5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour in beautiful Bisbee, Arizona on Saturday, June 12 from 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday, June 13 from 11 am to 4 pm.

Tickets are just $15 for either one or both days, and include 10 different lodging facilities on each day, plus free rides on a bus shuttle, water and two complimentary breakfasts. On Saturday morning, from 9 to 11 am the Calumet & Arizona Guest House in the historic Warren neighborhood is offering a free breakfast in its gracious Victorian dining room to all tour participants. On Sunday morning there will be a free pancake breakfast in Goar Park, in downtown Old Bisbee. Go to both if you like!

Tickets will be available in advance from the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce. Either telephone 520 432 5421 or send an email <chamber@bisbeearizona.com>. You can also purchase tickets on either Saturday or Sunday morning at the chamber office at 1 Main Street, Old Bisbee or at the Bisbee Visitor Center across the street. The Calumet & Arizona Guest House will also have tickets for sale on Saturday morning, 608 Powell St, in Warren District.

All lodging establishments on the tour are locally owned or managed. As participants on the tour, you will get an insider’s view of Bisbee’s architectural heritage as well as how newer buildings add to the character of this former copper mining town.

Among the unique lodgings are a B & B that was once a schoolhouse and another that was a mining executive’s home. You can visit a guesthouse that was originally a miner’s cottage with breathtaking, panoramic views, and an historic hotel that played host to such notables as Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne. (It is said by some to also have ghosts!) On the tour there will be a vintage trailer court and a Route 66 style motor court; an 1890’s inn that was once a miners’ boarding house and an inn in the infamous Brewery Gulch. There are suites that are in the former YMCA building and another that has a hidden garden. There are more lodgings open for this tour than can be seen in one day, so come on Saturday, stay overnight, enjoy Bisbee’s nightlife — live music by Train Wreck at the Bisbee Coffee Shop patio, 4 – 8 PM, galleries open along Main Street — and take in the second half of the tour on Sunday.

The City of Bisbee is known worldwide for its old world charm and new world charisma. Located approximately 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is Arizona’s premier destination for arts and culture, Western heritage, urban hiking, unique shopping and first class restaurants. For tourist information contact the Bisbee Visitor Center at 520 432 3554 (1-866-2BISBEE) or visit <www.discoverbisbee.com>. The tour is sponsored by the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce.

How can we make this Lodging Tour better?  How about FREE?  Gym Club Suites will give you two free tickets ($30 value) to the Lodging Tour if you stay with us both Friday (June 11th, 2010) and Saturday (June 12th, 2010)  nights – limit two tickets per unit.  Must call to make your reservation for the free tickets.  This offer ends 6/2/10 6pm.  

Be sure to take advantage of the two free breakfasts — Joy of Calumet serves a fabulous breakfast.  You don’t want to miss it.  Remember to turn in your ticket to any of the participating lodges, the Chamber or the Visitor’s Center for a chance to win prizes including free night’s lodging, free dinners for 2 and free massages. 

Go to http://bisbeelandmark.com/roomsnew.html to pick you favorite unit.  You can also find out what other events are scheduled for that weekend from this link: www.bisbeelandmark.com/BisbeeEvents.html.

Feel free to call (520-234-5921) or email (reservations@bisbeelandmark.com) us if you have any questions.

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