Bisbee Tourist Attractions
Bisbee began as a mining camp in 1877 and developed into a prosperous little town. When the mine closed the town became little more than a ghost town.
Squatters took over some of the abandoned miners cabins that lined the hillsides surrounding the main town center and the place became a haven for hippies. Eventually, artists began to flow into the area and Bisbee became known as an artists colony.Today Bisbee is once again thriving as a major tourist destination, particularly for day trippers from surrounding towns and cities like Tucson, Tubac, and Tombstone. The historic old town center is now filled with shops and galleries. The grand old hotels have been renovated and are open for business. The early 1900s miners' cabins have largely been restored and are homes with much character. Built as they are on the hillside, many of these homes are not located on streets but off stairways that run up the hills.The famous Copper Queen Mine and the Lavender Pit, along with the associated museums are now some of the town's biggest attractions. Bisbee also has several coffee roasting companies and the smell of roasting beans wafts through town and you can also get a free sample on a walk through downtown.Despite the town's dramatic come back Bisbee has retained a very small town feel and locals still live very modest life styles.
Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum
The Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum depicts life in the early years of the town with dioramas, photos and artifacts. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, it is housed in the former Phelps Dodge Office Building, constructed in 1897.The Research Library of the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum houses photographs, manuscripts, and research books that highlight the history of Arizona and the era of copper mining.
Address: 5 Copper Queen Plaza, Box 14, Bisbee, AZ 85603-0014, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $7.50, Senior over 60 $6.50, Child 16 & under $3.00
Copper Queen Mine
The Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee was in use for over 60 years until it was shut down in 1943. There are guided tours of the four levels, with 147 miles of passageways. Visitors to the Queen Mine are provided with a hard hat, miner's headlamp, and a yellow slicker for the underground tour.
Address: 118 Arizona Street, Bisbee, AZ 85603-1800, United States
Opening hours: 9am-4:30pm
Always closed on: Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $13.00, Child 12 & under $5.50, Child 4 & under FREE
Useful tips: It can be cold inside - bring a sweater. Tours at 9, 10:30, 12, 2 and 3:30. Reservations are suggested.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Typical Visit: 1 hour 30 minutes
Lavender Open Pit Mine
Muheim Heritage House
Muheim Heritage House in Bisbee is a restored home, named for a local businessman who emigrated from Switzerland in 1883. The interior is filled with period furnishings and offers a superb panoramic view of the surrounding area.