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SOLD OUT! Hunt for Bisbee’s Fabulous Blue: A Rockhound’s Adventure

May 13 & 14, 2016
<h4>SOLD OUT! Hunt for Bisbee’s Fabulous Blue: A Rockhound’s Adventure</h4>The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum is once again offering this once-a-year opportunity to seek pieces of the famous Bisbee turquoise in a search through the historic No. 7 Mine Stockpile – those large, man-made hills built-up over Bisbee’s 100 years of mining history.
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SOLD OUT! Hunt for Bisbee’s Fabulous Blue: A Rockhound’s Adventure

May 13 & 14, 2016

The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum is once again offering this once-a-year opportunity to seek pieces of the famous Bisbee turquoise in a search through the historic No. 7 Mine Stockpile – those large, man-made hills built-up over Bisbee’s 100 years of mining history.

This unique rock adventure is possible through the cooperation of Freeport Minerals Corporaton, Copper Queen Branch. and the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The hunt offers individuals, friends or the entire family a unique opportunity to seek pieces of Bisbee’s famous turquoise. Whether rockhound, jewelry maker, lapidary buff, or enthusiast of our western heritage, pack up a rock pick, collection bag and join us on our search for this precious hidden treasure. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water too, says museum director, Carrie Gustavson, who organizes the event.

Reservations for the Friday, May 13th, 1:00 tour Saturday, May 14th, 9:00 tour are still available by calling the museum at (520) 432-7071, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Cost for the trip is $40 per person ($30 per person for Museum members). Reservations are required; payment by credit card is accepted. Please note that public access to the site is available only through this tour and transportation to the site is provided.

The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum is offering a $1.00 discount on Museum admissions for all ticket holders. Visit the Museum to see the award-winning, Smithsonian designed exhibit – ‘DIGGING IN: Bisbee’s Mineral Heritage,’ that tells the story of western copper mining (from a uniquely Bisbee perspective!) with its one-of-a-kind display of Bisbee’s famous mineral suite. The museum’s second primary exhibit, ‘Bisbee: Urban Outpost on the Frontier,’ tells the story of how the miners, merchants and their families blasted and built this community out of solid rock.

You Haven't Seen Bisbee until You've Seen the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.

Photo of Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

Once known as "The Queen of the Copper Camps", Bisbee nestles among the Mule Mountains of southeast Arizona, world renowned for its diverse minerals and wealth of copper. Although its mines closed in the 1970s, the town's legacy has been preserved not only in its architecture and mining landscape, but in a museum that has welcomed, educated and entertained hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Historic photo of Bisbee

Bisbee's storied past is recorded, reflected and retold in this museum like no other; it is one of only 2,000 sites nationwide honored as a National Registered Landmark. Once the corporate headquarters of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company (eventually purchased by Phelps Dodge Corporation), the museum is at the center of town and at the heart of its history, an evolving tribute to the community, its determined citizens and the industry that helped build it.

Queen Mine Tour Photo

What's more, 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, this has been a growing partnership between the nation's largest museum and one of its smallest.

It gets better. Because once you've seen who did it and how it was done, you can walk over to the Queen Mine Tour, put on a hard hat and venture underground to see where it was done.

Hours:
Open Daily • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fees:
Adults: $8.00
Seniors (60+): $7.00
Children under 16: $3.00

Location:
No. 5 Copper Queen Plaza
Bisbee, Arizona

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