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Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
Ranked #1 of 64 things to do in Golden
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This museum has been cleaned up and modernized since my college days of years ago. It was an optional field trip to the Geology program at that time. I had a lot of fun trying to remember the various elements that are on the discription cards of the specimens.
Everything is so clean, clear, and colorful. The air is fresh; not stuffy like some museums. I really liked the uranimum displays in the basement.
All this made me want to get out my geologist's pick, specimen bag, beer, and other needs for a mineral hunt in the nearby mountains. Beautiful specimens can be found two miles away in Clear Creek Canyon along US 6.
Parking is HORRIBLE here. There are ten tiny spaces behind the museum available for an exhorbatant hourly charge. The City of Golden has recently restricted on street parking to permit only. The nearest free public parking is about three blocks away. This isn't a big deal if your legs work normally. I was able to squeze my C2500 truck into one of the metered places.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The museum is located on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, CO. It has some interesting displays and a nice variety of minerals from around the world. It is free, but not really worth a special trip to see it. Go check it out though if you are on the school campus or need a short diversion while in Golden.

Thank David S
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Gems were displayed from many states and from many countries. The people are great to listen too and have tremendous knowledge about gems and their histories.

Thank Rene M
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We spent two hours at this wonderful museum and could have spent even longer if we didn't have a plane to catch. The displays were well done and interesting. We were pleasantly surprised that there wasn't an entrance fee. There is a small parking lot at the rear of the museum building and you will need to purchase a ticket and display it on your car dash. Well worth stopping here!!

Thank OnTheG03
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Visited the CSM Geology Museum recently, and was blown away with the variety and quality of the mineral specimens they had. In my experience, "school museums" are often slapdash or ill-curated or poorly designed, staged and lighted....or a combination of the above. Not so here. Upstairs the displays were visible in natural light augmented by high quality lighting, the cases were smudge-free and the rocks and crystals were expertly displayed and marked.

Downstairs was a little dated and not as kept up, but there were many hands-on displays. The moon rock was cool, but the display seemed to overwhelm the actual rock (it really is not very big). Don't miss the fluorescent or phosphorescent (I don't remember which) minerals in the "mine" section, nor the small but budget-priced gift shop, both of which are also downstairs. Got some nice specimens for about half the price they were selling for from online dealers.

Also, on the way out, be sure to sign the guest book and, if available, let the kids grab a free sample (one rock per person) from the box by the front entrance.

Yes parking will cost you a few bucks per car. Lucked out and got a spot right by the museum. Take the time to walk to the bookstore or take the archeology hike to see more of the campus. Went on a Friday, so I can't comment about the free specimen identification services they offer (see website for schedule, but currently, it is between 10 am and noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

In short, a rockin' good time.

Thank PowerhouseD
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