San Juan County Historical Society

San Juan County Historical Society, Silverton: Address, Phone Number, San Juan County Historical Society Reviews: 5/5

San Juan County Historical Society

San Juan County Historical Society
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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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Eric
Diamond Bar, CA14 contributions
Sep 2021
This museum is comprised of several buildings and basements. Silverton is a mining town and you are interested in the colorful local history with an emphasis on mining, this is a great place to visit. The main vintage building also still houses the old city jail that is complete with jail cells.

If you take the Durango & Silverton railroad, the museum is just couple of blocks from the train station. I spent about one hour there.
Written October 8, 2021
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WaltCindy F
3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This museum is the hidden gem of Silverton. We walked to the end of the town and just happened upon the museum. We were amazed!!
If you are interested in mining history, geological history, community history, just history do not miss this museum. The well preserved jail from the mining era was so interesting. The museum volunteer curator was an amazing lady. She has a long established knowledge of the museum. This is a must see in Silverton. If we could give it 10 stars we would!
Written July 6, 2021
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Rachel P
Vail, CO247 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Wonderful mining and San Juan County historical museum. There’s a wonderful collection of mining artifacts. The museum is well organized and easy to move through. It really makes you feel like you’re traveling back in time. It’s a very well curated collection and one of the best museums of its kind. This was my second time visiting over the years and I still loved it!
Written October 15, 2021
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Auntie Jen
1 contribution
Aug 2021
I can only give my review of the Historical Society and not the museum as I didn't even get a chance to visit as I was told I was not welcome. I made an appointment with the archives director to do research a month in advance only to have them cancel less than a week before my appointment after I had already flown to Colorado and had non-refundable reservations. After many emails were exchanged, my character was attacked, and I was treated very rudely. After many reasons were given, the final reason given was because I am not vaccinated. I have my reasons (health) for not being vaccinated, but I was told I am not welcome. So, I will not be visiting the historical society nor the museum anytime in the future based on this experience. If you are not vaccinated, you will not be allowed to visit, so be prepared.
Written September 1, 2021
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Lesley S
Albuquerque, NM164 contributions
Jun 2021
This was probably the best thing to do in this historical town that I love SO much. They have done an incredible job of collecting interesting artifacts & recreating the whole mining environment. Right in the middle of town so no need to miss it!
Written June 14, 2021
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DougAndRobyn
Phoenix, AZ67 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
What a great museum. It costs ten bucks, but consider it a donation to a very worthy cause. The museum is in two parts. The first is the jail. More interesting than I expected. You then go down some stairs into the heart of the museum - the old mine. Tons of stuff going on here. This part of the museum is actually on three levels. You finish up in a small part showing the history of the town newspaper.

We spent two hours there and barely scratched the surface. You can probably skim through it in an hour and a half or so, but three hours still might not do it justice. Highly recommended.
Written June 27, 2019
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ClardyParty
Austin, TX136 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were told that we absolutely HAD to go to the mining museum in Silverton. I was skeptical. (I mean, really; who wants to go to a museum when they’re in Colorado?!). So glad we went!

I had no idea what mining really was - its dangers and risks - until I toured the facility. I have a much greater appreciation of an industry on which our society is dependent but is often unsung and overlooked.

There is so much in this winding museum that you will need at least 4 hours to do it right. We gave it 2 and were overwhelmed (but we had a steep learning curve).

It really is a MUST-DO when you’re in Silverton.
Written July 26, 2018
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Sherry
31 contributions
Sep 2019
All I can say is Wow, this museum is a wealth of knowledge of mining history in Silverton and history of early life in Silverton. The museum is located a short drive from downtown (but on Greene) but so worth it. The tour starts in the old jail and then through underground tunnel to other building. The underground area is setup like you are in a mine, so cool. Really fascinating collection of all things mining and Silverton. $10 admittance but so worth. They have a gift shop too.
Written September 16, 2019
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azsteve2366
Scottsdale, AZ43 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is a great mining history Museum. It costs $10 to get in. You see the jail, post office, and the gem room along with all of the mining history which really told the story.
Written September 22, 2018
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2babybluz
Pagosa Springs, CO413 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
If you are interested in the gold rush/mining and the “Old West” this is a must!!! For such a small town.... this museum has SO MUCH!! It is a self guided tour, but staff are always great to answer questions. So many different aspects of history!! This is a MUST SEE if you are in Silverton!!
Written August 20, 2018
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