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Museum Membership Drive

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November is the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum’s membership drive month!  We are inviting you to join our Museum family, the first rural museum nationwide to become a member of Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliation Program.  Museum memberships come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find your custom fit (see below)! The Museum’s educational mission is to preserve and communicate... read more

Museum Membership Drive

Now!
November is the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum’s membership drive month!  We are inviting you to join our Museum family, the first rural museum nationwide to become a member of Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliation Program.  Museum memberships come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find your custom fit (see below)!
The Museum’s educational mission is to preserve and communicate the history of Bisbee, Arizona.  Long a world-class, copper-mining center, Bisbee’s history traces the effects of industrial history and historical ideas upon individuals and community life.  The Museum encourages visitors to recognize the similarities and differences to their own lives and to tie our shared past to the present.  
To sustain our mission, the Museum supports education.  The Museum is an informal educational institution supporting lifelong learning across generations through its exhibitions and programs.
The Museum brings history back to the forefront.  The Museum keeps history relevant; straying from the old high-school approach involving memorizing too many dates into quality, fact-based, three-dimensional story telling that bring the fun back into history.
The Museum enriches “pride of place.”  As a public history museum, the Museum promotes pride in our community and in our shared history.  This is especially relevant this past year with the Museum leadership role in the revitalization of Copper Queen Plaza Park (“Grassy Park that actually has grass once again!), a $360,000 project to provide a beautiful park for our families and our visitors.

The Museum preserves our past.  The Museum serves as a repository of Bisbee history as reflected in the wealth and diversity of information provided by our archival and artifact collections as well as our research library.
The Museum also believes in “It’s the economy, Stupid!”  The Museum is a major contributor to Bisbee tourism industry, a prime driver of our local economy.
This is the mission your membership supports!
All basic memberships include unlimited free admission to the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum and the Muheim Heritage House; two free Museum admission passes for friends or colleagues; a 10% discount on all purchases in the Museum Store (a great place for books and gifts!); the Museum Newsletter; advance notice and preregistration on  Museum events, often including discounted membership prices; and access to the members-only section of www.bisbeemuseum.org that offers over 450 oral histories bringing a wealth of perspectives to our story and old 16mm film clips of Bisbee events!
What are our membership levels?
Individual membership is $30 annually, family membership is $40 and both include the basic package.
Patrol membership is $75 and includes the basic package but with four complimentary Museum passes, custom made for businesses and their employees.
Patron Affiliate membership is $75 and includes a joint membership with the Smithsonian Institution.  
Life membership is $350 with your best member advantage being no annoying annual reminders to renew your membership plus recognition name plaque displayed in Museum!
The Heritage Keeper membership is a special category that comprises a $500 - $5,000 annual donation.
The Heritage Keeper level is an exciting opportunity to support the museum and with your Heritage Keeper membership, you will receive unlimited free Museum admission or small group tours with Museum staff; use of Museum facilities for small meetings or reception); and donor recognition in the Museum Newsletter.
To activate your membership, you can either pay on-line at www.bisbeemuseum.org or send a check payable to Bisbee Council on the Arts & Humanities (BCAH) or the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum,
PO Box 14. Bisbee, Arizona 85603.
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: $7.50
Seniors (60+): $6.50
Children under 16: $3.00

Location:
No. 5 Copper Queen Plaza
Bisbee, Arizona
(520) 432-7071

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