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San Juan County Historical Society

1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, PO Box 154, Silverton, CO 81433
+1 970-387-5609
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Silverton
Type: History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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!!!! « less
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Fruita, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 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... More

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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 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... More

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Denver, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 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... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

lots of historical info/photos--archieves opened on thursday only--just a couple of people working there when we visited, but they try hard to find what you want to see

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Durango, Colorado
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Entrance includes the jail and museum attached to it. Both give you an idea of what life was like in the early days of Silverton. You can easily spend an hour and a half. If you don't have the time, go just to see the jail! The museum is unexpectedly large and filled with mining history and what life was... More

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Chicago
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We visited two years ago and found it to be the best area historical museum we've ever visited. I've told everyone I know who visits the area to go and they unanimously agree. The displays and artifacts transport you straight back to the time when these mountain towns were teeming with mine operations. It makes a trip to the area... More

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Nederland, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Personal memorabilia from the miners and the wealthy are interesting. The jail and the mining section have more pieces than when I was there two years ago, such as the toilet in the jail and the mining hats.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I last visited this museum a couple years ago and what is there now is as dramatic improvement as one could imagine. This museum is one of the finest mining museums in the country. The old jail in the adjacent building is very interesting but the mining displays and three levels of mine development is as good as it gets.... More

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Silverton
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Absolutely fantastic Mining Museum, tells the history of Silverton with rooms and rooms of original material from the mines plus many specimen samples. One of most interesting museums in a small town we have ever been to.

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Leadville, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I think Silverton, while small, is simply the best, its the epitome of Colorado Mining towns of yesterday. Make sure you walk around town ans see it all. Go up to the end of town and see the Jail its very cool and rich in history. We go to the Jail every time we are there. To me Silverton and... More

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