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Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

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Address: 1310 Maple St, Golden, CO 80401
Phone Number: 303 273 3823
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Lots of Interesting Mineral Specimens

The free museum is fantastic if you like various mineral specimens; they have thousands well displayed. There is a gift shop where you can purchase mineral specimens if you're so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The free museum is fantastic if you like various mineral specimens; they have thousands well displayed. There is a gift shop where you can purchase mineral specimens if you're so inclined, but just looking at the large number of very colorful minerals is fun. Allocate about 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours to look at the exhibits. The museum is... More 

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longmont colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

From the outside look of the building, I didn't expect much, maybe a small room or two. Wow! There are a couple floors with an expansive collection. The exhibits were well documented and displayed. One could easily spend a few hours here. I rushed through it in 45 minutes, but vowed to return so I could peruse at a slower... More 

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Garland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We went through this museum and I did not hold high hopes. Extremely interesting. I had no idea there were so many different unbelievably beautiful minerals in the world. Well worth the hour or so we spent here!!

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Wow! Just about everything you could want to see in the way of raw and cut gems and minerals is here. The Colorado collection is extensive, (I didn't know that gold and silver can crystallize) and there are also collections from around the world. Even from the moon! A bit of a mock-up of a mine tunnel where the minerals... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a great short trip with kids, So many kids are into rocks and this small museum offers a great deal of information that kids can digest. Loved the flourescent exhibits. Beautiful pictures from these.

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Saint Johns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a first-class geology museum. Excellent presentation of mineral specimens and earth processes. There are attendants available to answer questions. Parking can be an issue if you visit during school hours. But, well worth the visit!!!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is an excellent small geology museum that offers free admission and treasures for purchase at very competitive prices.

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Goddard, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We stopped in the museum after a visit to the School of Mines. I am not a big geology buff, but my son (17) and my husband found this a very interesting museum. We could have spent more time looking around, but had to leave to get to another event. Staff was all friendly and there is plenty of room... More 

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Busan, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

There are plenty of fun things to do in and around Golden, and this isn't a bad choice. I'm not really that into geology, but still found some items of interest. The museum has moon rocks, which are always impressive regardless of which moon they come from. I also enjoyed the fossils and the maps detailing the state gemstones and... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We visited the Museum this summer. I was the only "geology oriented" person in the family and hard time to talk the boys (12&14) into it. But then, they did not want to leave. There are so many impressive and rare gemstones that you will see nowhere else. So do visit, even if you are not a geologist :-).

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