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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Ivins, Utah
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

It is an extensive museum featuring mining equipment with numerous displays on all aspects of mining. There is an old modular jail, and a tunnel from one building to the other with many mining exhibits. It really has the feel of being in a mine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We were so surprised with this "little" museum. It looks small and unimportant from the outside, but it is really huge! And so well done! There is far more than just old mining equipment and info. All our children loved it. I think that everyone who can should visit here, if they are at all interested in the history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This museum is built throughout the old Silverton jail building and a building from an old mining site that was relocated into town. Silverton and the surrounding San Juan mountains are famous for their beauty in all seasons, but much history comes from within those mountains: mining. This museum is set up with lots of visual appeal, authenticity, and fun.... More 

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Moab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Probably by museum standards, they have too much stuff and don't offer enough interpretation in their displays. But when you are up close and personal with the miner's clothing and equipment and the old wagons and stage coaches and the household products, you are transported back in time. The mineral collection is amazing, and the set up of the museum... More 

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