The Science Mine is a hands-on science discovery center for kids of all ages, serving Butte and Southwest Montana.

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A father and his daughter.
A child reaching upwards.
Children experimenting with soil.
An exploding pumpkin.
A child holding a drill.
Two fathers and two children.
A binary counter.

Our Mission

The mission of the Science Mine is to provide a family fun environment to make, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, science, and technology in our community.

Our Goal

Our goal is to encourage scientific literacy for all people by exploiting our natural inquisitiveness and love of play.

Mining City Family Science Night

July 30, 2024

Glow in the Dark Night

Get ready to light up the night at our Glow in the Dark Family Science Night! This FREE event will explore the depths of illumination, phosphorescence, and luminescence. With a whole host of glow in the dark tricks and treats, this is guaranteed to be a special night at the Science Mine that you don't want to miss.

Glow in the Dark Night

July 17, 2024

Move Night: Flubber

Come enjoy the classic movie Flubber! For this FREE event we will be streaming Flubber at the Science Mine while we get our hands dirty re-creating this incredible bouncing invention! Learn the science behind what makes Flubber unique and create your own gooey slime mixture to bring home.

Movie Night: Flubber

June 13, 2024

Inaugural Family Science Night

Join us for our inaugural Family Science Night! In collaboration with the Town Pump Charitable Foundation, we are excited to provide a series of family friendly events at the Science Mine. Join us Thursday, June 13th from 6-8pm for a FREE night of science exploration!

Mining City Family Science Night

June 29, 2024

FREE 3D Printing Event!

On Saturday, June 29th from 4-5pm we are hosting a FREE 3D Printing event at the Science Mine. Children will get a chance to learn about the process of 3D printing, and even get some help designing their own keychains!

3D Printing Event

Plan your visit

Located in the historic Sears Building, in the heart of Uptown Butte, the Science Mine provides hands-on, interactive exhibits that allow visitors, particularly children, to not only learn about scientific principles but to think critically and ask “what happens if”. What happens if I changed the length of the pendulum cord? What will be the effect if I spin the wheel faster; will the electrical current increase or decrease?


Monday - Friday         9am-3pm
Saturday                       10am-2pm


$5 per person or $15 per family.

Family Membership

$40 (valid for one year from date of purchase).


Group rate is a $50 facility fee plus $3 per child (we will accommodate groups or field trips during the week, please call or email to schedule a time).


$50 facility fee plus $3 per child (we are a great location for birthday parties).


36 E. Granite St., Butte, MT 59701


(406) 992-4208






"This place is awesome. I have kids ages 3, 5, 8, & 10... and this place is hands on fun and learning for kids of all ages! Over 2 hours, they still didn’t want to leave. We will definitely be coming back."

“Our 8, 6, and 3 year old kids all love it...and my husband and I did too. We will return for sure. The bug display and digital microscope was an awesome addition! Family rate is hard to beat. Thank you!”

“We brought a bunch of kids there for a summer program and they all found something that they enjoyed. The price is fair and the staff that was there that day was very friendly and able to keep the attention of the kids while she was explaining different concepts. I highly recommend it.”

“Amazing place!! My twins spent over an hour here and didn't want to leave. :) Also, many more projects planned for the future it sounds like!”

“A lot of work has gone into making this museum constantly better. There are exhibits to fascinate the whole family!”

“We purchased a family membership so our grandchildren could enjoy it all year long. The special exhibits are varied and always interesting. The Science Mine is a boon to our community to get children learning while they play.”

“So great to have this in Butte. The kids love it. They have a blast and don't even realize that they're being educated!”


The Science Mine has over 50 exhibits, and below you'll find a few examples. To discover all the exhibits that the Science Mine offers, click the button provided to learn more.

Discover More Exhibits


Witness the mesmerizing power of our high-voltage Tesla Coils! Discover the genius of Nikola Tesla through our interactive displays that explore the dynamics of electromagnetism and wireless energy transfer.


Suspend a ball in a stream of air with the Bernoulli effect. Experiment with aerodynamics in a wind tunnel. Inflate a beach ball without blowing into it.

Water and the Environment

Play with stream behavior in the stream table and discover how to identify healthy rivers while exploring the connection between ground and surface water.


Learn how to count in binary, tell time with a binary clock, and make calls with rotary phones.

Science Mine Challenges

If three cats can eat three mice in three minutes, how long does it take for 100 cats to eat 100 mice?

Three ants are at the corners of a triangle. The ants can only move along the edges of the triangle. The sides of the triangle are of equal length, i.e., it is an equilateral triangle. Each ant can independently and with equal probability decide to walk along the edges of the triangle in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. The ants walk at the same speed.

In taking a stroll along the edges, what is the chance or probability that the ants will not collide?

About the Science Mine

The Science Mine Board and Staff

The Science Mine is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The current Board of Directors is comprised of the following members:

Dr. Cory Sonneman, President
Psychiatrist, Montana State Prison

Larry Driscoll, Vice President
Educator and Retired Superintendent at East Middle School

Marilyn Kujawa, Treasurer
Retired Nurse and Mid-Wife

Dr. Doug Coe
Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry,
Montana Technological Unviversity

Dr. Brian Evans
Senior Engineer, Biosqueeze, Inc.

Dr. Fred Hartline
Educator and Retired Physiologist

Patrick Kujawa
Retired Chemical Engineer

This year the Science Mine is employing Brandon Rubertus, VISTA, Volunteer in Service to America volunteer.

History of the Science Mine

The Science Mine began in the 1990’s as a gleam or a dream in the eyes of a few individuals in Butte, Montana, where children could interactively play with and experience the wonders and sometimes counter-intuitive nature of the world around them. At the risk of omitting some of these early contributors, individuals who played a role in these early beginnings of the Science Mine include Patrick and Marilyn Kujawa, Andrea and Don Stierle, and Doug Coe.

A seminal moment in the history of the Science Mine occurred when Nick Kujawa (Patrick and Marilynn Kujawa’s son) renovated the historic Sear’s Building at 36th East Granite Street in Butte into a five story apartment complex that also included the rebirth of the former Hennessy Market on the first floor and the rental of approximately 10,000 square feet of space in the basement of this building that would provide a home for the Science Mine. The Science Mine opened its doors to the public in this space in 2011.

The Science Mine operates as a 501-3C non-profit registered with the State of Montana and is governed by a volunteer approximately ten member Board of Directors. Board of Directors might not be the most descriptive term as the “Board” oversees and actively engages in all of the activities of the Science Mine, including staffing the Science Mine when it is open, hosting birthday parties and school visits, building and maintaining exhibits, participating in community events and Saturday Markets, recruiting volunteers, writing grants, and constantly seeking sustainable funding. The Science Mine currently supports over 50 active experiences.

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The Science Mine would not be what it is today without the help of many individuals and organizations who have contributed to its development. Again at the risk of omitting key contributors, individuals who have had and, in some cases, continue to have a significant influence on the Science Mine include Sarah Demoney, Americorp Volunteer Kelly Hancock, Ryan Munson, Dolores Cooney, Judy Cyr, Lois Podobnik, John Cummings, Colleen Elliot, Richelle Monson, Kevin Ball, Joel Graff, Ray LaTray, Eli Smith, Phil Curtiss, JoAnna Buchholz, Bev Hartline, Maureen Driscoll, Joe Kujawa, Ben Workman, VISTA Volunteer Allie Nawrocki, and the Current Science Mine Board members Brian Evans, Jackie Janosko, Patrick and Marilyn Kujawa, Natasha Chadwell, Fred Hartline, Larry Driscoll, Cory Sonnemann, Maria Brown, and Doug Coe.

Organizations who have supported the Science Mine include HeadFrame Spirits, Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, Montana Technological University, the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, the Butte Silver Bow School District, Northwestern Energy, Pioneer Technical Services Inc., Clearwater Credit Union, Community Counseling and Correction Services, Langlas Associates, and Butte Pediatric Dentistry, Butte Natural Resource Damage Restoration Council, and Superfund Advisory and Redevelopment Trust Authority.

For the Board, staff, and volunteers, the Science Mine is a labor of love. What keeps us going is being able to assist our curious, enthusiastic, and endlessly energetic young visitors as they explore the world through the experiences we provide.


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