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Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum
Ranked #31 of 56 things to do in Golden
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Owner description: The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum inspires an appreciation for the mountains and mountaineering. Through exceptional, interactive exhibitions, education programs, and world-renowned speakers, the Museum educates visitors about the history of the mountains, the climbers who visit them, their delicate environments, and the diverse cultures which inhabit them. "It is the first of its kind in North America and the ultimate mountaineering experience available indoors" - Jim Whittaker, First American to summit Mount Everest
St. Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

A great museum if you're at all into mountaineering, or even just reading about mountaineering. It's not a huge museum, but it's packed with all kinds of interesting exhibits, and you can watch short films (about the effects of altitude and the debate over whether or not one should use supplemental oxygen) on either side of the museum. There's an abundance of history here, expressed through some really unique items, like the ice axe that Pete Schoening used to save the lives of five fellow climbers in 1953, on K2. Yes, THAT one. The one he actually used for THE Belay. The museum also features neat things like a scale model of Everest with pins tracing the various routes people have climbed over the years, displays explaining climbing hardware and its evolution over the years, historic climbs, and much more.

The docent on duty while we were there, Al, could not have been more helpful and accommodating if he tried; we really appreciated him, as did our dog, who thought he was the bees' knees.

The library of the American Alpine Club is also in the same building; you can browse their books, and they even have some for sale.

Which brings me to my only complaint: there was no gift shop, and I would have loved to have bought some souvenirs (in addition to the three books I bought from the library) there.

Heartily recommend, and I'll definitely go back if I ever get back that way.

Visited May 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“If you're into mountain climbing you'll like it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

While most of this museum consisted of photos and reading, it was well laid out and had very interesting documentation of the history of mountaineering from around the world. My husband is a fourteener enthusiast having climbed more than half of them in Colorado and I am fascinated by Everest and K2 climbs, so we both enjoyed the museum and the history it shared.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Yoper
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Buena Vista, CO
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The pinnacle of mountaineering history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

The American Mountaineering Museum is both a center of mountaineering organizations (American Alpine Club, Outward Bound, Big City Mountaineers, Colorado Mountaineering Club and Colorado Trail Foundation) and a wealth of history. There are many fascinating pieces of mountaineering history scattered around the center. For larger groups, the AAC has created a wonderful place for gatherings of all types, but especially folks that embrace mountains and adventure.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank BVcouple
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Tampa, Florida
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133 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellent Mountaineering Museum and exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

My husband is a huge fan of climbing and got very excited when he heard about this place. My son and I spent about an hour touring this little museum and we were finished whereas my husband spent an extra hour really absorbing everything. Very informative and educational.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank cardbucfan
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“great for people who love climbing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012 via mobile

nice place and people. i enjoyed the info theyhad there. would go back again.

1 Thank chevycamaro1969
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