Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
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Oooh.” “Ah.” “That’s cool!

A visit to the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum will result in those exclamations and more.

Located in Golden, Colorado, the Geology Museum is home to thousands of mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite and historic mining artifact exhibits on two floors.

The Geology Museum, which was started in 1874, is located in a beautiful building with natural light and plenty of room to view the amazing collections on display.

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

From Azurite to Malachite to Ferberite to gold, the brilliant colors and rich textures are stunning.

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
Longwave and shortwave ultraviolet fluorescent minerals, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
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Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Highlights

Moon rocks from 2 Apollo missions, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
Moon rocks from 2 Apollo missions, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
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Murals by Irwin Hoffman originally exhibited at 1939 World's Fair depicting the development of mining, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
Murals by Irwin Hoffman originally exhibited at 1939 World’s Fair depicting the development of mining, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
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The Betty H Llewellyn Special Exhibit Room housing invited displays, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
The Betty H Llewellyn Special Exhibit Room housing invited displays, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
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A Light in the Darkness lighting display, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
A Light in the Darkness lighting display, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
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Learn more

The Colorado School of Mines Museum is located in Golden, Colorado and is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Golden, Colorado
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

The museum features specimens from many Colorado mining districts, an introductory video on area geology, radioactivity exhibits, fossils, gemstones, and meteorites.

Special thanks to Dr. Bruce Geller, Director & Curator of the Colorado School of Mines Museum

Location: 1310 Maple St Golden, CO 80401

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Phone: 303-273-3815

Website: Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Admission: Free