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“An expansive museum detailing the fascinating history of the region”

San Juan County Historical Society
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Silverton
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Owner description: 14,000 Sq. Ft Mining Heritage Center. One of the BEST Mining Museums in the country! Also see the 1902 fully renovated 1902 jail next to Mining Museum. A must see!!!! Open Memorial Day Weekend to mid-October.
San Antonio, Texas
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“An expansive museum detailing the fascinating history of the region”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

My family and I enjoyed this larger-than-expected museum located in Silverton. It details the local history and mining industry of the region. Start in the jail, move through a fascinating minerals exhibit and move into the mining portion of the museum.

We covered it, quite superficially in about an hour, but you could easily spend 2-3 hours there. Appropriate for school-age children and above. Does have an elevator that allows access to all but a small part of the jail.

Visited June 2014
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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Incredible museum”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

This museum was great-lots of interesting mining artifacts that were nicey written up. It was a bit difficult figuring out the layout of the buildings so as not to miss anything.

Visited June 2014
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Fruita, Colorado
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Just as we hoped”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

We went to this museum because of the reviews here on Trip advisor an we were very pleased. Room after room with hundreds of items. My favorite was the room with the high ceiling with mine cars hanging- that was a grand display. And the price was only 7.00-wow. After wards we went to the local cemetery which was interesting seeing- connecting those that once lived here with items we had just seen In the museum.

Visited October 2013
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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“One of the best Museum's in Colorado.”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I had been to the museum 30 years ago, and was very surprised how much it has grown and improved. The first building was the old jail, which shows the sheriff's office, the kitchen where his wife cooked the meals, the sitting room for the Sheriff and his wife. The second floor showed what the jail was like at the turn of the century (1900), and you could walk into the cells if you wished.

You then went into the basement and into the main museum building through an underground tunnel. The basement showed the various minerals extracted from the area mines, and some of the equipment and how it was used. The next floor (main) showed all of the various items in the town, depictions of the various rail roads, and examples of articles used by families growing up during that era.

The top floor showed full sized equipment and allowed you to understand how it worked including a representation of how a mine was dug out with drills and dynamite.

Visited August 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Silverton's hidden gem”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

Bypass all the tourist shops and head straight north to this museum at the end of town next to the county courthouse. Think about how you'd like to be held in this escape-proof jail. View the extensive mineral collections in its basement. Figure just how long you'd last as a miner in the recreated 3-level mine--not long I'd bet. This museum was such a pleasant surprise that I'll surely go back next time to catch the many exhibits missed.

Visited August 2013
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