Golden History Museum: open daily 10-4:30 (except Tuesday)
The Golden History Museum 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.
Craft Beer and Pizza
Just 25 years ago Golden City Brewery and Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Watering Hole presented new concepts of craft beer and craft pizza to downtown Golden. Learn about these venerable institutions on your next visit.
On view April 25, 2019 through March 15, 2020.
Learn about the delicious product invented by two British-born brothers in the early 1870s. Because malted milk was convenient, nutritious, lightweight, and non-perishable, it was a favorite among soldiers, explorers, and athletes. Experience this exhibit as soon as you can.
On view through March 1, 2020.
Epic Events walks you through over three dozen moments that shaped Golden’s past. Those times range from big to small, happy to sad. Some are memorable and some are best forgotten. Step inside this exhibit and feel what it’s like to live through 150 years in Golden. [Read more.]
Read biographies of important locals and learn some surprising facts. The changing exhibit currently features 21 women who were influential in Golden along with key artifacts from their personal effects.
View, study, and watch professionals and volunteers document important Golden artifacts. Peruse new items coming in and interact with staff. A full research library with both new and rare books pertaining to Golden’s history, maps, directories, and files are accessible by appointment. Digitized newspapers and photographs are easily viewable at a dedicated workstation.
This Wild West-themed gallery also serves as a theater for showing the museum’s film collection (tip: catch the 1909 silent film shot in Golden) and is a versatile program space for lectures and classes. See upcoming lectures and classes at GoldenHistory.org/events.
Holland House: A hotel famous for food
Now open through Sept. 6, 2021
Famous for Steaks, Chicken, Trout, Banquets and Parties
Hotel, dining rooms, coffee shop, and lounge—the Holland House had it all. It was the sixth hotel to occupy 1310 Washington Street in Golden since 1925, when the Hotel Berrimoor opened up shop. Then followed the Cody Hotel, Wright Hotel, Golden Hotel, LaRay Hotel, and finally the Holland House. Today, it’s home to the Table Mountain Inn.
Marion Luther “Lu” Holland and his wife, Ethel, arrived in Golden from Billings, Montana, in 1944. Lu was already working as the chef and assistant manager at the LaRay Hotel when he and Ethel bought the place in May of 1946. They renamed it the Holland House and remodeled two rooms and a bath into their own residential suite. It was their home for the next 40 years. In its heyday the Holland House drew patrons from all over the region and was considered one of the finest restaurants anywhere near Denver, renowned for homemade pies and biscuits and the wonderful artwork adorning its walls.
The gallery recreates a restaurant scene from the Holland House, including original artwork, menus and a lobby reception desk. Head into the play kitchen and whip up your best recipe.