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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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A Great Museum

We love going to local museums so we stopped into the San Juan County Historical Society museum. What a great little museum. The exhibit on mining was outstanding. The jail was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We love going to local museums so we stopped into the San Juan County Historical Society museum. What a great little museum. The exhibit on mining was outstanding. The jail was very interesting. Would not want to be locked up in that jail. We really enjoyed touring this museum and spent several hours here. Rain or shine this is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have a jail, gemstone, mining stuff plus a tunnel. Lots of mining equipment to view. Get ready to enjoy this fun museum!!!

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Thank Karin S
Blanchard, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved spending a rainy day going thru this museum. It is huge!! Several levels including underground, was not expecting this. The gentlemen working the counter was a big help and you could tell loved his job. :)

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Thank Durangoleah77
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby and I went here expecting a small little building with a few displays about Colorado history. Boy were we wrong! You get to see inside of the sheriffs home in the 1800's that included the jail. Very cool!! Then you have 3 stories of history with amazing life size exhibits of mining. We loved it! They also have... More 

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Denison, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

I can't believe I have been coming to Silverton for 20+ years and have never visited this museum! The old jail alone, is worth the price of admission and the kids will never forget it--nor will I. The rest of the museum is devoted to mining history and the life of the miners at the turn of the century [20th].... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Not only a great historical museum but a great place to understand the true life of miners and prospectors in 19th century Colorado. Do not miss

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

This museum really surprised me it is set up great. You start in the old jail and walk up and down a maze of buildings that takes you through the history of Silverton. It does cost 8 dollars but was well worth it. If you are a mining fan you will love it. Definitely if you are in Silverton or... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

Fascinating adventure-From the mining, rocks and minerals, geology, law enforcement and history of Silverton. Some may find the stairways narrow and uncomfortable. But, keep exploring the whole museum. For me, who likes history, mining towns and geology it was 2 hours of great fun and learning. Buy the Silverton Heritage Pass and go to the Mayflower Mill and the Old... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Yes, indeed, one of the best museums I have seen in Colorado. Very engaging and well done! Experience the Sherriff's Victorian home and jail, a restored 3 story mine and life size displays of what mining was like over the course of a hundred years of technological changes in the Silverton valley. To see the museum is to really understand... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

First let me say you need to see the Old 100 Gold Mine first, then the Mayflower Mill second and finally the Historical Society. Helps to make all the exhibits more understandable. Not required but highly suggested and you can purchase a ticket package. This place looks small from the outside but I was amazed at how much there was... More 

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