History Museum


Temporary Closure of Golden History Museum

Golden History Museum, in celebration of its forthcoming 80th anniversary in 2018, is embarking on a full renovation of the museum’s public spaces. The initiative called Discovery Awaits will transform the museum into a warm, welcoming, and vibrant public space for uncovering and sharing our past. The renovation includes new programming spaces, a research center, a hands-on gallery for families with young children, and dynamic new exhibits that highlight the City’s collection of historic objects. With the vision of “always something new to discover,” the renovated Golden History Museum brings the behind-the-scenes practices of object discovery and preservation to the front of the house.

Beginning December 31, 2017, the Golden History Museum will close temporarily to the public during construction and installation. Golden History Museum anticipates reopening in early summer of 2018. During this period, GHM will continue to offer public programs at alternate locations around Golden. For more information about Discovery Awaits and museum programming, visit our events page.

Hours and Admission (starting summer 2018)

Open: Sunday – Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm starting summer 2018

Price:  $5 admission starting summer 2018


  • Seniors and students are free through December 30, 2017 (Normally $3.)
  • Active military families and current Colorado teachers are free with ID.
  • Kids 6 and younger are free.
  • Admission is always free for members.


Tuesdays, Easter, Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Also open for tours by appointment. Please call 303-278-3557 for details. Check out our upcoming events.

“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.” — TripAdvisor review

Brief History of the Building

Golden History Museum is new and old at the same time. As far back as 1938, citizens began collecting, exhibiting, and preserving Golden artifacts. Jefferson County Commissioners, with the aid of the Works Progress Administration, were instrumental in creating this collection as the basis of a museum that has had several homes over the years. Since 1996 its home has been 923 10th Street (when it was known as the Golden Pioneer Museum).

History Museum

The interior of the Golden Pioneer Museum when inside City Hall at 911 10th Street, c. 1980s.

Today’s Museum is the starting place for exploring Golden’s unique history through exhibits, lectures, programs, and events. As is true with the best museums, it continues to evolve and mature.

We are constantly on the lookout for Golden stories and all variety of newfound Golden-related artifacts, and we also provide care for the 15,000+ items in our collection.

Drawing on the work of those who have come before us and those who share their passion and perspective for local history is what keeps us motivated. We couldn’t do it without you.

We are thankful for all of the community support we receive, and we are excited about the increased value that the History Museum is adding to the Golden community. Come grow with us!


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