San Juan County Historical Society

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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  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts704 contributions
    Good overview of Silverton's history; emphasizing mining heritage
    The San Juan County Historical Society is located in several restored former government building (including the former jail!) located at the end of one of Siverton's two streets. It contains a Good overview of Silverton's history; emphasizing its mining heritage. Lots of old equipment and other artifacts to view. Note this history museum is located quite a walk from the downtown train station. If you arrived on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for the ~2 hour layover before the return ride, you'll be pressed for time to both visit this Museum and have lunch.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Nancy J
    1 contribution
    Wow! Great Musuem!
    This museum was an absolute delight! Fascinating jail, great mineral display, lots of cool old mining equipment, and great displays on how mining was performed and mining lore (loved the Tommyknockers!) . Also lots of data and display on how the Silverton area developed and how folks lived there during the early mining years. We spent a couple of hours there, and we are planning on a return visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Melissa H
    3 contributions
    A Museum Worth Visiting
    The San Juan County Historical Society is located at the east edge of Silverton. The museum is attached to the old jail through an underground tunnel. The self guided tour starts in the jail which provides interesting information regarding how the jailor spent his time and history of the jail itself. You will find the actual jail cells on the second floor and an interesting large collection of rocks and gems from many different places. After walking through the tunnel you will enter a three story building full of mining history and items used in the mines around the Silverton area. Very descriptive details are provided explaining how the mines were worked, the equipment used, and the life of being a miner. There is a fee of $12 for adults and $11 for seniors.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Darren B
    Courtland, Virginia529 contributions
    Amazing mining history
    This museum is a must-do if you're in Silverton CO. We stopped in hoping to gain a little insight into Silverton, but instead were treated to an awesome history of mining & life in the San Juan's from earliest english settlement to present day. You've got to come and see the refurbished jail, as well as the extensive (I mean extensive) mining museum. You'll need at least 4 hrs to soak it all in. Come learn about the Yankee Girl silver mine, then drive northwest over the mountains and see it for yourself! Enjoy!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Gerard C
    Norwalk, Connecticut10 contributions
    Outstanding!!
    We happened upon this museum while waiting for the train back to Durango. It is much more than a mining museum and well worth the price of admission. I cannot recommend it enough. The collection of artifacts on display is most impressive.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
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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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TXLender
McKinney, TX19 contributions
Jun 2022
This museum has a LOT of stuff to see. If you don't have time to do the local mine or mill tours, stop here to see the mining equipment used. There is a ton of other things in there. Everything from stagecoaches to bank and postal service pieces. Jail and medical bay rooms and kitchen items and crystal with lots of interesting stories tied to their existence. We spent 35-40 minutes inside but there's plenty to keep you longer if you like to linger and read it all.
Written July 5, 2022
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA704 contributions
Jul 2023
The San Juan County Historical Society is located in several restored former government building (including the former jail!) located at the end of one of Siverton's two streets. It contains a Good overview of Silverton's history; emphasizing its mining heritage. Lots of old equipment and other artifacts to view.

Note this history museum is located quite a walk from the downtown train station. If you arrived on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for the ~2 hour layover before the return ride, you'll be pressed for time to both visit this Museum and have lunch.
Written July 20, 2023
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Kenneth B
Hancock, MA87 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
My wife and I are 50 something school teachers who took the Durango Railroad to Silverton. Once in Silverton you have a couple of hours before either taking the bus or train back. We wandered along until we saw a caboose on the edge of town..We noticed a non descript building near it and decided to investigate. We are glad we did,as tucked inside the building is an incredible amount of local history that has been loving assembled from people's private collections. Based on its location you might expect just mining equipment. But there are artifacts from all aspects of frontier life from the clothes they wore to the way they traveled, including some unusual things like a wall of door knobs.
All of which are displayed carefully a museum that has a 70s feel.
Written June 25, 2022
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Beth777
Flagstaff64 contributions
Jul 2022
My family of 3 adults was so excited to see this building and peruse the literature inside. The attendant (originally from Florida) was rude. She answered our questions with minimal syllables. No eye contact. She didn't care a whit about us or explaining the history of the area. She shouldn't work there. That date was July 6 that we had the disappointing visit.
Written July 19, 2022
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Rachel
Vail, CO262 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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Darren B
Courtland, VA529 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This museum is a must-do if you're in Silverton CO.
We stopped in hoping to gain a little insight into Silverton, but instead were treated to an awesome history of mining & life in the San Juan's from earliest english settlement to present day.
You've got to come and see the refurbished jail, as well as the extensive (I mean extensive) mining museum.
You'll need at least 4 hrs to soak it all in.
Come learn about the Yankee Girl silver mine, then drive northwest over the mountains and see it for yourself!
Enjoy!
Written September 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nancy J
1 contribution
Aug 2023
This museum was an absolute delight! Fascinating jail, great mineral display, lots of cool old mining equipment, and great displays on how mining was performed and mining lore (loved the Tommyknockers!) . Also lots of data and display on how the Silverton area developed and how folks lived there during the early mining years. We spent a couple of hours there, and we are planning on a return visit.
Written August 10, 2023
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Lesley S
Los Lunas, NM175 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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Gerard C
Norwalk, CT10 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We happened upon this museum while waiting for the train back to Durango. It is much more than a mining museum and well worth the price of admission. I cannot recommend it enough. The collection of artifacts on display is most impressive.
Written October 21, 2023
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San Juan County Historical Society - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)