“Underground Mine Lighting” Exhibit

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Date(s) - 02/21/2019 - 06/09/2019
All Day

Western Museum of Mining and Industry


This “Underground Mine Lighting” exhibit showcases the museum’s large collection of mining lamps and accessories. More than 50 lamps are part of this exhibit, including oil wick lamps, safety lamps, carbide lamps, battery-powered lights, and miner’s candlesticks. An early 1900s Edison Battery-Charging Rack appears in this exhibit, located near a 1960s battery charger for comparison. A rare Permissible Lamp Testing Box allows visitors to better understand how dangerous it was to take safety lamps underground without first making sure they were properly assembled. Artwork depicting miners and their lamps at work further illuminates this fascinating exhibit. Kids of all ages will enjoy a special scavenger hunt as they scout around the museum to find other lighting artifacts to win a prize.

February 21-June 9. At the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs.

For more information, call 719-488-0880 or visit wmmi.org.