History Museum open and free Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
For people who are fully vaccinated masks are optional.
The History Museum is a warm, welcoming, and vibrant public space for uncovering and sharing our past. The renovation includes new programming spaces, a research center, a dynamic hands-on gallery for families with young children, and new exhibits that highlight the City’s collection of historic objects. With the vision of “always something new to discover,” the museum brings the typically behind-the-scenes practices of object discovery and preservation to the front of the house.
Combine your museum visit with a variety of other entertaining pastimes in downtown Golden. Enjoy our world-class outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, local charm, and the Coors Brewery, the largest single-site brewery in the world, offering free tours daily and located walking distance from the museum. Learn more at VisitGolden.com.
Hours and Admission
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free, courtesy of our generous donors. Help contribute here.
Join the Museum Membership and help preserve local history.
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. Periodic updates ensure that discovery of something new is almost certain.
Shorter-term displays include artifacts and the stories of:
- malted milk, invented in the 1870s by the Horlick brothers;
- craft beer and pizza in Golden, both staples in the Centennial State;
- and Jolly Rancher, Colorado’s favorite candy maker.
Featured in The Salon
On view in 2021 in The Salon
Upcoming special closures
Tuesdays, 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.
“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
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. Don’t worry if computers aren’t part of your first language: we’ll give you an orientation on request. (You can also do this at home or on your phone.)
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.
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!