We are a museum, park, and educational facility. Our mission is to provide a fun, safe space for people of all ages to learn, explore, and play. We welcome group visits. Please let us know in advance of the date and time of your tour so we have adequate staff and can plan for any special activities your group may want to include as part of their visit.
We only give tours upon request. If you request a personal tour, we would like to discuss the items most important to your visit in advance.
In addition to our multi-building museum, we have a large park that we are adapting to teach visitors about local wildlife. We have a variety of habitats that provide food, shelter, and nesting places for birds, insects, and small mammals.
Rocks & Minerals
The museum was founded to remember the mining and smelting history of Tooele. As part of that mission, we have obtained a rock and mineral collection. We have a permanent exhibit about the various minerals found in Tooele County, and an activity station that teaches how to identify rocks and minerals.
We have a steam engine on our property that was part of the Tooele Valley Railway. We use it to teach about train history and about the power of steam.
The first part of our collection is about mining history. Workers at the International Smelter & Refining Co and the Tooele Valley Railway founded the museum and donated our first artifacts. Since then, the museum has collected many artifacts, photos, and documents about mining in the county. We always have an exhibit about the smelter and Carr Fork mine. We rotate artifacts into the gallery in special exhibits.
The second part of our collection is about the military. We have artifacts and photos that span from World War II to the present. Tooele County has a long military history. The military has been vital to the formation of the county. In return, the military history of the county has played a role in national and international history. We have a permanent display of military items in two Air Force rail cars on the property.
Building neighborhoods/Local Government
The third part of our historical collection is cultural history of the county. We have a collection of items from Tooele city and county government history. We use these materials to teach the fundamentals of local government and urban history. We are building a permanent exhibit for these items in the Station House on our property.
Exploring Different Cultures
Immigrants and migrants from a variety of backgrounds came together to build Tooele County. Our museum tells the story of these different groups and the conflicts and compromises that led to creating a community. We are building a permanent exhibit for these items in the Station House on our property.