16,000-item Collection

collectionIn 1938, the citizens of Golden began officially gathering, exhibiting, and preserving the town’s history by establishing a permanent collection. Today, Golden History Museum & Park continues to take this responsibility very seriously, documenting the unfolding history of Golden’s people, places, and things. Naturally, proper collection management is fundamental to the work we do.

Our growing assortment of 16,000 items comes in all shapes and sizes. It includes archival materials, photographs, maps, furniture, clothing, ceramics, musical instruments, tools–you name it. We even have buildings in our collection (Astor House, Guy Hill Schoolhouse, and Pearce/Helps Cabin, to name a few).

Online Collection

About 3,500 highlights of the collection may be viewed online, and more are being added regularly. About 2,900 of those are photographs which document a visual record of Golden. Some of our earliest photos give a glimpse of business on Washington Avenue in 1860, while more recent photos evoke the thrill of racing in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2011, for example. 

These Golden-centric photographs have the power to educate, inform, record, and preserve moments in time for future generations. They are invaluable for sharing memories and self expression.


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Completed Conservation Projects

38-star Koenig American flag

Read the story of the flag on the GHM blog.

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Philco console television

See this restored beauty in the Epic Events exhibit at Golden History Center. More details coming soon.

Jefferson County Jail Register

Read the story. See more images.

Permanent collection

Golden City Map

Read the story. See more images.

Permanent Collection

Willits Farm Map

Read the brief details.

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