in 1956, the Wallace Mining Museum is a walk thru mining experience. We educate, entertain and enlighten visitors on the Coeur d’ Alene mining district. 

We have on display, the area’s written, graphical, and three-dimensional objects and documents of the Coeur d’Alene Mining District and the Silver Valley.

With over 50 exhibits, more than 5,000 photos and maps, and a one of a kind mock mine experience walk through, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

1956- The Start

Fred Levering founded the Wallace District Mining Museum AND the Wallace Chamber of Commerce.

1993- Executive Directors

John Ammonsen began his 17 year stretch as the museums executive director. Jim McReynolds stepped in to help from 2007 until 2014.

2013 - Award

We received the Sister Alfreda Elsensohn Award for recognition as a leader in Museums for the State of Idaho.

2014 - Current

Tammy Copelan became and still is the executive director of the Wallace District Mining Museum.

2016 - A First!

We became the only Museum in the Silver Valley with comprehensive digital archives.

2018 - Another First!

We opened the first map and research room in the Silver Valley

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Over 50 exhibits to see and experience
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Over 5000 photos and maps to view
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Over 7000 sq. ft of history to explore


Our guests love us! But don’t just take our word for it – read the testimonials!