Geology Museum (Golden)

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What: Colorado School of Mines Geology MuseumGeology Museum exhibit (Golden CO) - free admission
Where: Golden
When: Monday-Saturday 9-4, Sunday 1-4
Closed Sundays in Summer & all CSM holidays
School group tours must be scheduled in advance

We suppose you might groan if we said this museum is a “gem of a place.”

You won’t have that reaction when you peruse the display of approximately 50,000 minerals, fossils, gemstones, and artifacts which the museum has to offer. You’ll simply “ooh” and “aah” over this outstanding collection of material. About the time you think you’ve seen “the best” crystals, you’ll be dazzled by the display in the next case. From the blues of Azurite to the reds and pinks of Rhodochrosite, the whites and yellows of Quartz to the oranges and yellows of Wulfenite, the wide variety of rich colors along with impressive sizes and shapes make this museum tour a memorable event.

Geology Museum exhibit (Golden CO) - free admissionThe displays are well lit and documented as to type and origin of the specimen. View the official State Gems and State Minerals from each state. You’ll find articles from all around the globe as well as right here in Colorado. Speaking of Colorado, there’s a fine display of good old Colorado gold. While you’re lusting after all that gold, the kids can enjoy spending some time in the “kids corner.”

The lower floor contains an interesting display of Colorado mining history as well as some interesting fossils.

If you would like to donate $5,000 – $10,000, you can take home some really fine crystals. Check them out; don’t you think they would make a fine conversation piece on the family coffee table?

For more information, contact:
Colorado School of Mines
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
16th and Maple Street
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 273-3815

Website: www.mines.edu/Academic/geology/museum/