School Tours

“Yesterday I went on a field trip to the Steelworks Museum, it was so much fun! … it was definitely worthwhile and something I won’t forget. The cow eyeball dissection was my favorite part of the trip. You don’t hear that from many 16-year-old girls. I learned a lot and I’m thinking about going to medical school to become a surgeon. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day… I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity to do fun learning activities. ” -Sydney, 10th grade


“I loved coming to the Steelworks Center. I just want to thank you for teaching us today I had so much fun.” – Abby


“Our field trip was so awesome. I am so glad I got to go.” – Delilah


“Thank you so much for all the fun activities. And for teaching us about steel and what it was.” – Peyten


The Steelworks Museum offers a one-of-a-kind resource and educational experience for students and teachers. Programs are specially designed to meet and exceed Colorado State Education Standards. Guided school tours of the museum incorporate hands-on activities for students, as well as worksheets and associated materials for classroom use. Programming is designed to be appropriate for student age groups.

Choose from the following topics:

Colorado & Local History: The Colorado Fuel & Iron steel mill and its support industries were at the center of Colorado history for more than 100 years and its impact was monumental.

Science: Steel making required knowledge and mastery of geology, chemistry, metallurgy, math, engineering and many applied and hard sciences. Students learn through lessons from the museum’s collection of Delta Education FOSS science kits.

Industrial Revolution & Technology: As the first vertically integrated steel plant west of the Mississippi River, CF&I was a powerful force in the industrialization of the American West. Technology was continually evolving to keep the industry productive.

Social History: Each CF&I Mine was associated with a coal camp. Learn the intricacies of a company town including mapping, company run schools, stores and overall social life within a company dominated environment at the turn of the century.

Genealogy & Immigration: People traveled from around the world to work at CF&I’s mills and mines. Immigrant groups brought their traditions and culture from their homelands, making Southern Colorado a true melting pot of unique and intertwined heritage.

Industrial Medicine & Safety: Working in the mill and mines was very dangerous so CF&I maintained its own hospital and medical staff.

Labor & Race Relations: Conflict inevitably arose between management and the workforce, sometimes resulting in violence. Demands for unionization paint the portrait of a fascinating aspect of American history.

Please note scholarships for gas costs associated with bus transportation are available to schools through the generosity of local business owners.

Contact the museum at 719-564-9086 x108 for more information about bus transportation scholarships and school tour admission fees.