History Museum

 

History Museum open and free Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

history museumThe History Museum is a warm, welcoming, and vibrant public space for uncovering and sharing our past. The exhibits at Golden History Museum include versatile programming spaces, a hands-on gallery for families with young children, and dynamic displays that highlight the City’s collection of 15,000 historic objects. Discover your own favorite artifacts in-person and then continue your learning journey at home or in your local coffee shop using our extensive online collection.

Combine your museum visit with a variety of other entertaining pastimes in downtown Golden. Enjoy our world-class outdoor recreationcultural attractions, local charm, and the Coors Brewery, the largest single-site brewery in the world, located walking distance from the museum. Learn more at VisitGolden.com.

Hours and Admission

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.. Admission is free, courtesy of generous donors just like you. Help contribute here.

Join the Museum Membership and help preserve local history.

Exhibits

The Current Exhibits page has a preview of what you’ll see on your visit. The four long-term galleries, Epic Events, Legendary People, Touch Gallery, and The Salon feature exciting artifacts about the history of the mining-supply town.

Featured in The Salon

Golden History Museum & Park has a rich collection of historic and contemporary artwork by artists who lived in, worked in, or visited the area. The Salon—so named for its ceiling-to-floor salon-style installation of work—continuously exhibits pieces from the permanent collection as well as changing exhibits by local artists who draw their inspiration from the local surroundings.

Rick Souders: The Art of Edible Imagery

June 9, 2022 – January 28, 2023

Golden-based food photographer Rick Souders creates sumptuous, mouthwatering imagery for food and beverage advertising campaigns worldwide. Rick’s unique creative and business background has allowed him to work at a Fortune 250 Beverage Company, then on to one of the largest advertising agencies in the US, to owning one of America’s top food and beverage photography studios.

Rick grew up on the rural high plains near the Pawnee National Grasslands. His passion for food and agriculture runs deep and he credits his upbringing for playing a formative role in his development as a food and beverage photographer. Said Souders of his art, “Working with light, texture, color, form and shape is so amazing to me. Then add food and beverage and you simply can’t go wrong. My food art photography combines my interest in color theory and color psychology.  The use of color, light and texture is both harmonious and jolting.  The food is graphic, textural and tonal and creates its own story.   The crisp colors, amazing textural depth and quality of light is stunning.  I create images to satisfy my creative hunger.”


Golden Folks: Photography by Povy Kendal Atchison

February 9 – September 2, 2023 

I told my soon-to-be husband that I would give Golden two years. If I didn’t like it after that, we would move back to my fourth-generation home of Denver. Twenty-three years later, I am proud to call Golden my home. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love that Golden is a politically diverse town. One has to tread lightly with new-acquaintances until you know where you stand. Just when I think I have gotten to know every sort of person in town, I meet someone who is completely unexpected.

People have always been my favorite subject to photograph. My mother gave me her 1959 medium format Rolleiflex camera and the keys to her darkroom when I was 12. Forty-four years, seven books, a few hundred publications later, I am still following my passion, which is also my profession.

To most photographers, it’s all about the light and composition, but to me, it’s also about the connection. Trying to get that person I’m photographing to open up to me and let me in. I hope that shows in my work. Combining my love for history and my need to connect with people, I have been documenting people of Golden since I moved here; well-known folks and not-so well-known folks, but people who, in my left shooting eye, are worth notice. They are Golden Folks.

Top image: Steve Kurtz, City of Golden Street Superintendent, © Povy Kendal Atchison

Bottom image: Dr. Julia Atkins of Golden © Povy Kendal Atchison


Special closures and holidays

Sundays, Mondays, Easter, Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Please call 303-278-3557 for details. Check out our upcoming events.

 

Reviews

“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

Online collection

If everything on display is not enough to keep you busy, we invite you to access our online collection of thousands of items at a dedicated public workstation or on your own device. Don’t worry if computers aren’t part of your first language: we’ll give you an orientation on request during your visit.

About the Museum

GHM is new and old at the same time. The founding goes back to 1938, when 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. The museum hosted a grand opening on January 14, 1939, at North School on Washington Avenue, the first official home. Since 1996 it has been housed at 923 10th Street. Read the complete history of the organization here.

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 16,000+ 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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