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San Juan County Historical Society

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Address: 1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, Silverton, CO 81433
Phone Number: 19703875838
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14,000 Sq. Ft Mining Heritage Center. One of the BEST Mining Museums in the...

14,000 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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September 2015 museum visit - loved it!

We were so surprised with this "little" museum. It looks small and unimportant from the outside, but it is really huge! And so well done! There is far more than just old mining... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Michael G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We were so surprised with this "little" museum. It looks small and unimportant from the outside, but it is really huge! And so well done! There is far more than just old mining equipment and info. All our children loved it. I think that everyone who can should visit here, if they are at all interested in the history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This museum is built throughout the old Silverton jail building and a building from an old mining site that was relocated into town. Silverton and the surrounding San Juan mountains are famous for their beauty in all seasons, but much history comes from within those mountains: mining. This museum is set up with lots of visual appeal, authenticity, and fun.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Probably by museum standards, they have too much stuff and don't offer enough interpretation in their displays. But when you are up close and personal with the miner's clothing and equipment and the old wagons and stage coaches and the household products, you are transported back in time. The mineral collection is amazing, and the set up of the museum... More 

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Thank Jim L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Because of the great reviews, we decided to spend our 2 1/2 hours we had in Silverton while riding the Silverton to Durango steam train, here. We packed a lunch and ate on the grass of the next door court house and then toured the museum. We traveled with 4 kids (ages 0-11) and 4 adults. There was plenty at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Excellent mining museum! It shows the actual tools miners used, as well as the places they worked underground. It also shows the ore assay process, the actual ores that were extracted from the mines, and the beautiful crystals miners found underground. Outstanding museum of a disappearing way of life!

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Thank Carl M. G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

I've never been in before, so I'm not sure if they are expanding, or just remodeling. There were exhibits without much information and under construction. It looks like it is coming together well though. I'll be excited to see it when it is finished. What I saw was amazing and informative. I even found a name of a family member... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

More information than you can absorb in a one or 2 hour visit. Each time we go we see things that we haven't seen before (or have forgotten!). This museum gives you a real sense of the hardships that the miners faced on a daily basis- not an easy life!

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Thank Elklovers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Loved reading about the history of San Juan County and western mining in Colorado. This is a beautifully preserved building. The folks there, including some locals just visiting, were all very friendly and informative. Well worth going...

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Thank MLeeTPA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Interesting buildings and a surprisingly large and interesting collection. Our visit really added to our enjoyable visit to Silverton.

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Thank Hartzell
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Silverton has a very rich mining history. The historic society has spent decades accumulating interesting articles, photos, artifacts, historical essays and accounts, even properties and assets to help document keep the history alive. The museum, mill, the Old Hundred Mine and other area attractions all work together to provide visitors with a great visit that is both fun and educational.... More 

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