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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 #2 of 17 Attractions in Silverton
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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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!!!! Open Memorial Day Weekend to mid-October.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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125 reviews 125 reviews
40 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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Tallassee, Alabama
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3 attraction reviews
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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771 reviews 771 reviews
609 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
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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73 reviews 73 reviews
46 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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Shreveport, Louisiana
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We spent over an hour going through the entire museum which on in several buildings all connected. There was an elevator in the main building for all 3 floors. Many, many artifacts and old items from back in the day. We also enjoyed the collections of minerals and rocks that were loaned by individual collectors. We had plenty of time... More

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Derby, Kansas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum, next to the county court house is deceiving. Your tour starts in the old jail, with escape proof steel cells built inside the second floor room but as your tour continues, you go through a tunnel into the main museum that is devoted to the mining history of this town aptly named "SILVER"ton. There is a three-story display... More

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Chico, CA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
75 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum and the adjoining old jail were worth every penny of the entry fee. We spent two hours rambling around in it and I think I could have gone back through and still have seen things I missed on the first trip. Almost all of the exhibits are provided by and staged by volunteers, and the docent at the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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92 reviews 92 reviews
53 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

there is actually quite a bit of things to see and do at this little historical place. We spent quite a bit of time there. It was really interesting to see (and read) how Silverton came to be and how it's changed to what it has become today! Well worth taking the time to see it!

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