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Astor House Museum

822 12th St, Golden, CO 80401
303 278 3557
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Ranked #12 of 28 attractions in Golden
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: Built in 1867 when Golden was the territorial capital, the Astor House stayed in continuous operation as a boarding and rooming house until 1971,... more » Owner description: Built in 1867 when Golden was the territorial capital, the Astor House stayed in continuous operation as a boarding and rooming house until 1971, serving legislators, miners, and students. With one of the first bathtubs in town, the Astor House also attracted trail-dusted visitors willing to pay 25 cents for a hot bath. Although the tub is no longer used for soaking, a visit to the Astor House Museum will show you why it’s on the National Register of Historic Places! « less
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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145 reviews 145 reviews
55 attraction reviews
662 helpful votes 662 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Especially for kids, this is a terrific museum in historic Golden, where at one time, the Astor House, a boarding house, had the only bathtub in town. With its spacious & beautifully restored dining room & authentic touches throughout - scrub boards, ice boxes, tin bread boxes, curling irons, chamber pots, washing "machines," etc. - this glimpse of yearning for... More

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Sunnyvale
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Very worthwhile to learn about yesteryear lifestyle and history. This building was saved from being demolished to be a parking lot by the smart citizens of Golden. Wonderfully restored and well researched to recreate the era. Get the ticket to include a visit to the museum (Golden History Center) across Clear Creek, both for $5.00.

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Parker, CO
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195 reviews 195 reviews
108 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Really liked this museum...they have a lot of period pieces, and the oral tapes were great! Pricewise, it was good as well. Just a fun 1 hour max visit!

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Golden, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This very well kept museum was a boarding house where legislators in early Colorado lived. I found it fascinating because my grandmother had a boarding house (albeit at the New Jersey shore) with many of the same kitchen tools, furniture, wall paper etc. There is a lovely little historic garden and a tiny shop with teacups etc. At different times... More

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western colorado
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150 reviews 150 reviews
65 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We enjoyed this house. Lots of historical information and recordings to listen to. We enjoyed it very much.

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Buffalo, NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

It doesn't take much time or money to see this charming old boarding house. You can go at your own pace with the audio stations they have. If you get the combo ticket it's a total of $5 to also see the Golden History Center, which is also well worth visiting. It'll take to total of ~2.5-3 hours if you... More

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nottingham
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

It was quite interesting to see how they lived at the turn of the century in Golden, and the fact that it was the first hotel, it would maybe have been better had it been a guided tour, but I think it is run on a volunteer basis (not sure). The young lady on the front desk was very helpful... More

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San Diego, California
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185 reviews 185 reviews
90 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I was disappointed to learn they didn’t have guided tours, but we went anyway and were impressed. They have buttons to push and you can hear all the stories of the colorful characters and their way of life, while walking around the rooms. In a way it’s better than a guided tour. The woman at the front desk was charming... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a small early west boarding house. It is quite charming and does not take a lot of time to see. The fee is very small to enter. It reminded us of all the boarding houses from the old west shows that we watched as kids. It is worth a visit. The young lady on duty when we arrived... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Tour was on your own, with buttons to play audio and some signs. We were hoping for more insight about this house and town and its history and stories.

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