Copper as a tourist destination?
Here are some sites to learn more about copper:
The Allihies Copper Mine Museum in Cork, Ireland, on copper mining at the beginning of the industrial revolution:
The Arizona Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale, AZ (US), "connecting copper to world legends and art":
The Ashio Copper Mine operated since the time of the Shoguns, located near the city of Nikko (Japan):
The Besshi Copper Mine Museum telling the story of the Sumitomo Group, in Ehime Prefecture (Japan):
Codelco's Virtual Museum looking 50 years back on forward on copper's (hi)story: https://museocodelco.cl/
The Copper Museum by Lafarga including a tour of an operational copper plant near Barcelona (Spain): https://www.lafarga.es/en/the-group/the-copper-museum/introduction
Falu Gruva in Falun (Sweden) with a thousand years of history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site: https://www.falugruva.se/en/
The Kapunda Mine Trail and Site in Adelaide Hills Australia: https://www.lightcountry.com.au/atdwproduct/kapunda-mine-trail-and-site-attraction-kapunda
The Kennecott Visitor Center in Kennecott, AK (US), definitely off the beaten track.
The Mineral Museum of the Great Lakes Region in Houghton, MI (US), displaying a.o. the world's largest known block of native copper weighing 19 tonnes (about 2 cubic meters):
The Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla in the Atacama Region (Chile) "aspires to be a place for reflection and appreciation of representative aspects of the economic, historical and cultural reality of mining communities".
The Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee, AZ (US): visit a closed underground copper mine: https://www.queenminetour.com/
A day trip to the Sewell Mining Town in Machali (Chile) - a day trip out of Santiago to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1214/
A historic Stolzembourg copper mine that operated 500 years (Luxembourg): https://www.stolzembourg.lu/kupfermine/
Sygun copper mine in Beddgelert (UK) - an underground copper mine in Wales:
The World Museum of Mining in Butte, MT (US): https://miningmuseum.org/
Last update: August 30, 2023