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“Interesting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Golden History Center

Golden History Center
Ranked #21 of 56 things to do in Golden
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discovery place of Tyrannosaurus Rex, home to an American saint, location of the largest single-site brewery on Earth—Golden, Colorado is truly a one-of-a-kind city. Explore the colorful past of this unique community at the Golden History Center. Begin your Golden adventure by exploring our dynamic exhibits, engaging programs, and amazing collections. Get up close with the gruesome tools from one of the city’s first dentists, marvel at the beauty of the Coors porcelain collection, and listen to music played on one of the finest instrument collections on the Front Range.
Buffalo, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

It doesn't take much time or money to see this at your own pace and you get a souvenir included in the price that you get to watch be made. It was interesting to learn all the things that were invented in Golden. Good spot to stop by if you are new to Golden or thinking of moving there – you get a sense of the people through the bios of the real people in the community.

If you get the combo ticket it's a total of $5 to also see the Astor House, which is also well worth visiting. It'll take to total of ~2.5-3 hours if you also take a stroll through the Clear Creek History Park which is located between the two. I wish I had known about it being free during special events and about the other TA posting saying you don't have to visit the Astor House + the History Center on the same day. However, they take such a short amount of time I wouldn't want to drive all the way back either, but for those that live closer to the area it's good to know.

Visited November 2013
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western colorado
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“a great little museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

We made a point of coming here to see an orange velvet piano (really!) and were pleasantly surprised by the rest of the place. It is a well thought out small museum with excellent displays. Highly recommend.

Visited November 2013
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Golden, Colorado, United States
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3 reviews
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“Fun, friendly family attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

My kids and I just visited the newly opened exhibits at the golden history center and had a ball!  The kids each got to engrave their own medallion for free using "made in golden" technology.  The exhibits are diverse and richly rooted in real stories about real people from right here in golden.  From famous pioneers of Colorado innovation to bluegrass musicians you can see playing in town today, the museum offers a great big "Howdy folks" style welcome to visitors.  All locals must come as well as tourists from out of town.  (Only one suggestion/question - what is the history of the howdy folks sign?)

Visited October 2013
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Golden, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Made in Golden Exhibit Just Not Big Enough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

If you visit the Golden History Center on 10th Street in the next few months, you will be delighted to see the Made in Golden exhibit. Coors pioneered the tin can and the story behind its development is fun even if you're not an engineer. The Pierce family has donated a steam powered press machine and you can imprint your own keepsake. But all of Golden's innovation are not in the past as Sypderco Knives prove. Boppy Baby pillows and even Jolly Rancher candy started life in Golden. There's just not enough space for all the creative and interesting things that either are or were made in Golden.

Visited October 2013
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Felton, California
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“Don't waste your time”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Even at $3.00 admission it is overpriced. At least half of the center is closed and the rest wasn't interesting.

Visited September 2013
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Golden_History, Manager at Golden History Center, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
We’re sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to the Golden History Center, and we’d like to use your review to help improve our services to other visitors.

It’s true that a segment of the museum is currently closed to accommodate the installation of a brand-new exhibit called Made in Golden. It will open on Oct. 12, 2013, and will tell the story of historic innovations from Golden using such diverse examples as a needle-free injection system and a virtually indestructible dog toy, using state-of-the-art technology and hands-on activity areas.

Such closures happen as often as once per year, and while we regret that visitors cannot see part of the museum at those times, we feel that the trade-off of new exhibits is always beneficial in the long run. Many visitors also find that seeing a new exhibit during installation gives a valuable behind-the-scenes look at museum operations, and that it actually enhances a visit.

If you find yourself in Golden again and would like to see Made in Golden, just let us know and we’ll be happy to provide complimentary admission for you and your party to compensate for your inconvenience.

Thank you for your review, and please call us directly at 303.278.3557 if you have any questions or concerns about your recent visit. We would love to hear from you.
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