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Address: 1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, PO Box 154, Silverton, CO 81433
Phone Number: +1 970-387-5609
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Description: 16,000 Sq. Ft Mining Heritage Center. One of the BEST Mining Museums in...
16,000 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.
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Step back in time!

The old jail cell, the pictures & artifacts. My husband's father and family grew up in Silverton and there is even a picture of him in a Daisy costume at the museum. The store... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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shelley
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The old jail cell, the pictures & artifacts. My husband's father and family grew up in Silverton and there is even a picture of him in a Daisy costume at the museum. The store has many prints we enjoy, also.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Silverton is very special. I have been there many times over the years. I don't visit Colorado without finding an excuse to visit Silverton (and Ouray). Silverton has very few lodging choices. Of course, there are reasons for that. It is nearly inaccessible for much of the year and it lies at an elevation of about 9,500 feet. The Museum... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

lots of history here for you to enjoy. spend an hour or two or more the museum is awesome is not to expensive.

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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Huge collection of late 1800 artifacts and a self guided tour of the original jail / cage of this wild west mining town.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is not a classically curated museum - rather it is more of a folk museum, albeit with a mining bent. But what a little treasure trove. The county jail was particularly interesting but the remainder of the complex was filled with a wide variety of collections from door knobs to fireman's helmets with lots of technology oriented items. Perhaps... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It costs $7 to get in and doesn't look like much but it is amazing everything that they were able to fit into this space! You start out in the jailers house and see the jail rooms and where the sheriff lived. You can actually go into the cells and it makes for a great photo op. You then take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

In historical county jail one not only sees interesting artifacts of the town's past but be prepared for the most extensive rock and mineral collection related to area mining outside of a university collection.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Didn't look like much when we drove up, but once we entered it was an extraordinary old time history museum. The exhibits are marvelous especially the jail section. Don't miss this one

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Osceola, AR
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The SJCHS has a museum on the South end of town... next to the courthouse. For a town its size.. it's really good. They show many aspects of the mining business and related industries.. like jails, stagecoaches and person life. It's like most other places, but covers a lot of space. Many museums take an hour or so, but give... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

A great museum that is really well put together. The museum focuses In the history of Silverton and the mining that took place here. During the tour you will go into the old jail that has been restored. You will tour a three story mining exhibit that explains the basic principles of how mines operated in this area. You will... More 

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