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San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center & 1902 Jail

1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, Silverton, CO 81433
+1 970-387-5838
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Wow! A must see. Something for everyone!

So well done and large! Impressive facility and collection. The basement and tunnel are quite a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
2soups2017
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Great find

Went looking for something interesting to do after taking the train to Silverton. Stumbled upon... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
premeau
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Alexandria, Virginia
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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.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“old jail” (20 reviews)
“great museum” (7 reviews)
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1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, Silverton, CO 81433
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+1 970-387-5838
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"turn of the century"
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"mining industry"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"definitely recommend a visit"
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"world class museum"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So well done and large! Impressive facility and collection. The basement and tunnel are quite a surprise! Enjoy!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went looking for something interesting to do after taking the train to Silverton. Stumbled upon this and it was impressive! Great history of both the town and the mining industry.

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Reviewed January 9, 2018 via mobile

As good a museum as you will find on mining and local history as you're going to find anywhere. Silverton has an incredibly colorful and rich history that is covered in great detail. Lots of mining stuff. Techniques, equipment, specimens, and more. If you like...More

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Reviewed October 26, 2017

An incredible museum that provides an in-depth look at the mining industry that thrived in Silverton. Outstanding displays and collections. Loved the jail! The museum is located at the far end of Greene Street and has ample parking. There is a modest admission charge (I...More

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Reviewed October 21, 2017

This has to be the best mining museum in the country and all the displays and craftsmanship that went into the set up is beautiful and informative!!

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Reviewed October 20, 2017

Stopped by and was impressed with the range of displays in this museum. The original jail, displays about living in Silverton and one the largest collection of mining equipment and mining information that I have ever seen. A worthwhile visit but there is a second...More

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SJCHS, General Manager at San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center & 1902 Jail, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2017

There is an elevator.

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Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

Well worth the stop! Very well done museum and you could spend easily an hour or more here! It has a bit of history about the whole area and the mining country. Well worth the $8 a person- very clean and has clean bathrooms with...More

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Reviewed October 8, 2017

We really enjoyed this museum. You start in the jail, then move to a complete history of mining which includes everything you could possibly want to know and then end with the mineral display. There is so much to see and so many artifacts. Well...More

Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

So much interesting stuff here. Well presented. We were very impressed at the quality of this museum in such a small town. Jail, mining exhibits, photos, etc. The staff was very helpful. We were there about an hour but could have easily stayed longer. A...More

Thank KU71
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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

We absolutely loved this museum! We could have stayed all day long studying all the wonderful exhibits about the mining history. The exhibits were so interesting and well displayed. We will return someday and stay longer!

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Response from bettykShelley | Reviewed this property |
Oh, I just figured out the snow part. We couldn't get up to Highland Mary Lakes one year HIKING because of too much snow in the high country. So sorry for the mix-up.
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