Fun Things to Do in Butte, Montana

The small town of Butte is known around the world for its colorful mining history. While Butte's glory days are now past, there ​continue to be many things for visitors to see and do. Here are the top recommendations.

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    Berkeley Pit

    Looking Down on Berkeley Pit © Angela M. Brown (2007)
    ••• Looking down on Berkeley Pit during a helicopter tour aboard Silver State Helicopters. © Angela M. Brown (2007). Looking Down on Berkeley Pit

    One of the first things you'll notice upon arriving in Butte is the huge open-pit mine on the hillside. A portion of this old mine forms a deep pit, now filled with almost 1000 feet of nasty toxic water. Berkeley Pit is both a Superfund site and a popular visitor attraction. A viewing platform overlooks the toxic lake, allowing you to get a good look while you learn more about its history (for a small ticket price).

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    Berkeley Pit Visitor Information Center © Angela M. Brown (2007)
    ••• Berkeley Pit Visitor Information Center © Angela M. Brown (2007). The Trolley at Berkeley Pit

    Butte Trolley Tours provide 1.5 hour narrated trips highlighting Butte's fascinating history. Along the way you'll see gracious mansions and stately public buildings. The trolley makes a brief stop at Berkeley Pit, where you can get out and visit the viewing platform and gift shop. The Trolley Tour departs from the Butte Chamber of Commerce

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    Copper King Mansion © Angela M. Brown (2007)
    ••• Copper King Mansion © Angela M. Brown (2007). Copper King Mansion

    The Copper King Mansion is a large brick Victorian built for William A. Clark, one of Butte's wealthiest copper-mine developers. Much of the original beauty of this 34-room mansion has been preserved, including its chandeliers, fabulous woodwork, stained glass windows, and magnificent furnishings. Guided mansion tours are available by appointment.

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    Our Lady of the Rockies

    Our Lady of the Rockies © Angela M. Brown (2007)
    ••• Our Lady of the Rockies © Angela M. Brown (2007). Our Lady of the Rockies

    Our Lady of the Rockies is a white, 90-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary, set high on a hillside overlooking Butte. Completed in 1985, the landmark statue is a memorial to women around the world. You can take a bus tour to visit the statue up close.

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    Fairs & Festivals in Butte

    Butte puts on a variety of special events throughout the year, many celebrating the city's Irish heritage, including:

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    You'll see mining equipment of all kinds at The World Museum of Mining, including strange looking antique machinery and modern haulers. The museum is located on the grounds of the Orphan Girl Mine, providing you the opportunity to see the inner workings of a below-ground mine. Other exhibits include hard rock mining tools, an underground tour, a reconstructed old mining town, and a large collection of minerals.

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    Old Butte Historical Adventures offers a variety of different walking tours of uptown Butte. While the narration can be a bit sensationalized, the various sites that you visit are quite interesting. The tour included stops at the Rookwood Speakeasy and the Old City Jail; both provided an intriguing glimpse as times past.

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    Attractions Near Butte

    The following attractions are within an hour's drive of Butte.