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San Juan County Historical Society

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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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I wasn't expecting such a large and informative museum in a town the size of Silverton. Even if you're not into mining and geology, there is much to see. We liked all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I wasn't expecting such a large and informative museum in a town the size of Silverton. Even if you're not into mining and geology, there is much to see. We liked all the historical recreations and stories of early Silverton. Just great exhibits with something for everyone from mining to the original jail to antique doorknobs, stoves and furniture. Expect... More 

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

We were killing time before catching the steam train to Durango and came upon this museum by chance. So lucky we did, as the exhibits took us back to a bygone age when Silverton and the mining industry were inextricably linked. So much to see and learn that we had to rush the last few bits and pieces in fear... More 

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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

Vastly improved over our last trip. You'll get a great feel for the old time town and more than a little show of mining equipment. Well worth the admission. A must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We loved this museum! It gave a wonderful picture of life in silverton during its hayday. Also included wonderful exhibits that explained the mining process. One of the best museums we've been to, and we've been to a bunch!

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St Louis MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

the basement, go to the basement full of riches beyond the imagination. really an amazing mineral collection for rock junkies and novice alike

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Expected a rinky-dink little museum. We were astonished to find a world-class museum of mining. We only had a short time to visit. Really wish we had more. Fantastic gem collection, mining equipment, jail cells, beautiful photographs, recreation of a mine shaft...really cool.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We visited this museum complex on a whim ... since we could not find any direct references to the museum ... just the San Juan County Historical Society. The complex includes the old county jail, a mining museum, and numerous artifacts of earlier days when Silverton was a mining center for gold, silver and other useful metals. The complex includes... More 

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shelley
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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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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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Address: Address: 1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, PO Box 154, Silverton, CO 81433
Phone Number: +1 970-387-5609
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Silverton

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