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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

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Denison, Texas
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Denison, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Loads of history and helpful information, along with a nice selection of historical books for the surrounding area.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This museum has a ton of information of the area and its history! My husband is very much into mining (family of miners) and he could not believe how much stuff this museum had (over 4000 square feet). The jailhouse is also included in the self-guided tour and it is also very cool. Amazing to see how people lived and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

For being such a little town this museum is great. Such a large variety of items from not just the mining industry. It gives you a look into what life looked like in the past. The jail and mine exhibit were great. The kids were able to touch the tools used in the mine. It was great for all ages.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

There is a lot to see and learn in this museum. The museum is well above average. A lot of work to create an actual mine, mine workshops, mills, tools, etc. Just about everything dealing with a mine operation. Part of the museum is an old jail. Built back East, transported by train and put together in Silverton. The new... More 

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