GOLDEN HISTORY MUSEUM TO BE FREE IN 2019
To Celebrate 80th Anniversary, Golden History Museum & Park
Will Offer FREE Admission to All in 2019
DEC. 18, 2018 GOLDEN, CO For a small town, Golden has played a huge part in Colorado history. Now, thanks to the generosity of a private donor, everyone will be able to learn more about Golden when in 2019 to celebrate their 80th anniversary, the Golden History Museum & Park will offer free admission all year long.
Located on the banks of Clear Creek in beautiful downtown Golden, the museum has more than 15,000 historic items that tell the story of this village that grew from early pioneer mining days to become Colorado’s first territorial capital and is today the largest single site producer of beer in the world. Exhibits range from a World War I cannon to artifacts from the famous Foss Drug Store to historic photos and films and artifacts from Coors Brewery.
“We don’t want admission to be a barrier to visitation, so we are delighted to open our doors to all for free in 2019,” said Nathan Richie, director of the museum. Even those who have been to the museum before will want to revisit. “The museum has just undergone a complete renovation and past visitors will be surprised at the new space, new research center, a new hands-on gallery for families with small children, and dynamic new exhibits that continually highlight historic items from the City’s collection,” Richie said.
The museum has two sections: the Golden History Museum, which is the location of all exhibits, programs, and lectures; and the Golden History Park, located across the river on the south side of Clear Creek, which is a re-creation of an authentic mountain ranch from the late 1800s complete with barn, farmhouse, gardens, a working blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, and authentic chicken coop with a variety of exotic chickens that kids can feed for 25 cents.
In addition, the museum stages dozens of different history programs throughout the year, featuring expert speakers on topics that run the gamut from actual murder mysteries to local archeology.
“We are very fortunate that in 1939, some farsighted people began to preserve the history of Golden, amassing what has become an amazing collection of historic artifacts. Our hope is that in 2019, every Golden resident and visitor will have a chance to explore the museum and take advantage of these exciting history programs,” Richie said.
While admission will be free, the museum also sells household memberships starting at just $75 that includes two free guest passes to almost all programs, in addition to special registration preference and pricing for the museum’s popular summer camp program, Hands-on History. More details are available at GoldenHistory.org/join.
Golden History Museum & Park. 923 10th Street, (303) 278-3557, GoldenHistory.org