Welcome to the Badger Mine and Museum
"Because of staffing problems in 2023, Badger Mine and Museum will not be open Wednesday and Thursday as previously. We will be open Friday through Sunday when staff is available. The answering machine will be updated weekly. Please call before coming to learn what days staff has been scheduled. We are very sorry for the inconvenience."
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Hours 11:30AM - 4:00PM
Days Open Friday - Saturday - Sunday
Children (4 and under): Free
Lifetime membership $50
Family Lifetime membership $75
Badger Mine and Museum situated in Badger Park in picturesque Shullsburg located at the center of SW Wisconsin's lead mining region and experience first hand the daily routine of an 1850's lead miner. During the guided museum tour, view the primitive tools used to extract the lead treasure from the earth and learn about their lives in this early mining town before Wisconsin achieved statehood. Next, as you follow your guide, down 51 steps into this unique hand dug 19th century mine, take into your nostrils the smells this 1850's miner smelled, feel upon your skin the increasing dampness he felt and hear the enclosing silence punctuated by dripping water that he listened to as he left behind both sun and sky. The ceiling was raised in 1963 when the mine was reopened but you can still marvel at the original, small side tunnels and wonder how men could work in such confined spaces.