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San Juan County Historical Society

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Address: 1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, 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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The museum was large and covered a lot of different things. If it wasn't for the kids and trying to make the mine tour I think we could have spent two or three hours there. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The museum was large and covered a lot of different things. If it wasn't for the kids and trying to make the mine tour I think we could have spent two or three hours there. I would visit again on a return trip!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We came upon this museum by chance and I am so glad we went in. It is absolutely brilliant and well worth the seven dollar entrance fee.We spent so much time in there that we could not go on to Ouray that day. There is so much to see and I would say this is one of the best museums... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Our family of four loved this museum! We were very impressed with the quality and variety of the exhibits ranging from jail cells to Victorian era bedrooms! The museum helped us all gain a deeper appreciation for the early mining industry and the resourcefulness of the men and women during that time period.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This a fantastic museum, on three floors, plus an attached, refurbished old jail museum. The entry price is well worth it, because of the size and quality of the exhibits. Most of the museum is devoted to the history of mining in the area, with many authentic artifacts, bios, dioramas, ore cars, and much more. Third floor is more of... More 

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

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

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

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