Past Exhibits


Made in Golden: Where Innovation Lives

On view in 2017

past ExhibitsWhat is innovation? How does it happen, and why here in Golden? Made in Golden highlighted our strong innovation tradition, beginning with the introduction of the world’s first seamless two-piece aluminum can in 1959, CoorsTek body armor, Mountainsmith backpacks, and more.

Show & Tell: Highlights From the Collection

On view in 2017

past ExhibitsMore than 80 objects and photographs from our collection, including Jolly Rancher candy memorabilia and a diorama that depicts Golden as it appeared in 1879, were on display. Also featured was the 1919 silent film The Four Gun Bandit shows starring Pete Morrison as the sheriff.

Turn It Up: Golden’s Musical Memories

On view in 2017

past ExhibitsThis musical extravaganza featured a number of instruments including our J. M. Pelton square grand piano (once owned by Colorado Territorial Governor John Evans) and a one-of-a-kind velvet-covered Regal upright piano. You could also hear music from the people behind the music in our Music-Maker Lounge, featuring square dancing in Golden Gate Canyon and a jam session at the Golden City Brewery.

Calendar Girls to Cowboys: The Art of Selling Coors

On view in 2015

Past Exhibits Once upon a time, word of mouth was the only way to sell beer. Today’s advertising professionals have many tools at their disposal. A variety of these were presented in Calendar Girls to Cowboys: The Art of Selling Coors, a stunning display of 50 items from 10 private and corporate collections.

Face to Face: Contemporary Portraits of Legendary People

On view in 2013 and 2014

Past Exhibits We’d like to introduce you to 15 legendary people of Golden captured by photographer Rick Souders. This exhibit commemorates the 75th anniversary of Golden History Museums and is inspired by the commissioned portraits of William Loveland, George West, and William Sarell.


Golden Glass: Colorado Glass Works and Early Bottles

On view in 2012

Past Exhibits The Colorado Glass Works fired up their furnaces in 1887 and started making bottles of every description. Learn about this short-lived industry and see a couple of rare glass canes from the Museum’s collection. We’re also pleased to showcase a selection of other early soda, beer, and pharmaceutical bottles from local collectors.


Golden Full Circle: Photos by Scott Dressel-Martin

On view in 2012

Past Exhibits Any person who has been to Golden, Colorado, holds a picture of it in their mind’s eye. To some it’s a brewery next to a cold mountain stream, to others it’s the big “Howdy” arch, and to still others it’s a Wild West town of myth and legend. Golden Full Circle shows a range of Dressel-Martin’s work—from sweeping 360-degree panoramic images to intimate close-ups—emphasizing the timeless nature of the landscape.