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San Juan County Historical Society

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This is a great mining history Museum. It costs $10 to get in. You see the jail, post office, and... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2018
Scottsdale, Arizona
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This museum is AWESOME!!!

If you are interested in the gold rush/mining and the “Old West” this is a must!!! For such a small... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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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.
1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, Silverton, CO 81433
+1 970-387-5838
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All reviews old jail great museum mineral collection three story turn of the century two hours interesting exhibits three floors mining industry definitely recommend a visit world class museum its heyday museum visit modest admission couple hours mine shaft small town
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

This is a great mining history Museum. It costs $10 to get in. You see the jail, post office, and the gem room along with all of the mining history which really told the story.

1  Thank azsteve2366
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

If you are interested in the gold rush/mining and the “Old West” this is a must!!! For such a small town.... this museum has SO MUCH!! It is a self guided tour, but staff are always great to answer questions. So many different aspects of...More

1  Thank 2babybluz
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

This museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the local mines and early America. There is a fabulous ore collection along with a printing press, stage coach, and literally thousands of other items. Be sure to see the original Teddy bear, the museum's most...More

Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 8 August 2018

I assumed I would be in and out of here in an hour. I was wrong. Plan about 2 hours to go through both buildings and all of the floors to see all of their incredible displays. Home items, a jail, tool collection and so...More

Thank Sandy O
Reviewed 4 August 2018

The outside of the building doesn't give you a clue about what's inside. How did they fit all that in there? This stop needs to be on the top of your must see list. 1st class. You won't be disappointed.

Thank dickhenry50
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Had time to kill so i decided to check it out. $10 seemed a bit much, but i had nothing better to do, and holy crap was it worth it. So much to see, so much about mining and historical life in Silverton, from the...More

Thank Binky M
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We find that the Colorado afternoon rain showers are a great opportunity to spent a few hours in the Silverton museum. It truly one of the most interesting museums, not just mining museums, we have ever been in! The people in this community have been...More

Thank Marlene S
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

We were told that we absolutely HAD to go to the mining museum in Silverton. I was skeptical. (I mean, really; who wants to go to a museum when they’re in Colorado?!). So glad we went! I had no idea what mining really was -...More

1  Thank ClardyParty
Reviewed 24 July 2018

I underestimated this museum. It went on and on...rocks and minerals... old-time jail, mining equipment...dynamite and blasting caps...it just went on and on with a variety of displays. It's a great museum. We left Durango shortly after the 8:00 train departed to Silverton. Drove to...More

Thank walden2018
Reviewed 18 July 2018

It's hard to believe that such a small town can put together such a fantastic museum. It's like actually being in a mine underground.

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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.