Services Provided by the Museum
Geological specimenGroup Tours
The Mines Geology Museum offers guided tours of the museum and outdoor walking trail for groups of up to 30 guests of all ages. Tours start on the hour and last an hour. Reservations are required at least two weeks prior to your tour date to ensure a guide is available. Reservations to schedule tours are only taken by phone (303-273-3815) not by email.
Content can be tailored to fit any age group or curriculum and can include:
- Rock and mineral properties
- Specimen collecting
- Mining history
- Geologic and local history of the Golden area
All guides are qualified to discuss rock and mineral properties, however, as each of our student guides are knowledgeable in different areas, please indicate your preferred topics upon scheduling a reservation to allow time to find a guide for specialized information. The museum is certified to meet the requirements of the Webelos-Scout geology merit badge. Please call the front desk for more information at 303-273-3815.
Geology museum exhibitTeaching Materials
The museum offers three types of hands-on educational kits which are loaned to the public for a period of no more than three weeks. A refundable deposit of $50 is required for each checkout. If all material is returned to the museum properly (nothing is missing or broken) and the kit is returned on time (no exceptions) the full deposit is given back. If something is damaged or missing or the kit is returned late that amount will be deducted from the deposit according to the prices provided on the contract. We accept cash (exact amount only) or check. We do not accept credit cards. Checks should be made out to CSM Geology Museum.
Kits can be reserved in advance, either in person or over the phone. They can be picked up or dropped off during regular business hours only. Finally, we do not mail kits, and the teacher (or a representative) must pick the kit up in person.
Rock and Mineral Classroom Kits: These kits are ideal for classrooms learning about the rock cycle and/or mineral properties. In particular, the classroom kits were specifically designed to address the state of Colorado geoscience standards for 4th and 6th grade. It includes a wide variety of minerals such as quartz, calcite and pyrite as well as many common igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks such as granite, sandstone and marble. Fifteen pieces of each specimen are provided making this kit ideal for medium to large sized groups (about 10 to 30 students.) Equipment such as magnets, hand lenses and hydrochloric acid are provided. Finally, an activity guide book and an educational video are included to assist the teacher. These are our most frequently checked out kits. See the museum's Facebook page for videos illustrating the kits and their contents.
Fossil Kits: Fossil kits are designed to teach students about fossils and geologic history. This kit is more appropriate for a junior high to high school level. These kits include fossils of teeth, claws, plants and more. A guidebook is provided which explains the fossils included in the kit. A collection of worksheets is also provided, which the teacher may photocopy and distribute to the students.
Teaching Trunks: Teaching Trunks cover a wide range of geologic concepts including the rock cycle, mineral properties, fossils, crystallography, birthstones/gemstones and more. However, because there is only one sample of each specimen, it is ideal for smaller groups, such as small boy/girl scout troops (less than 10 students.) This teaching trunk is more appropriate for single day “show and tell” lectures or for younger aged (kindergarten to 2nd grade) students.
Find something on a hike or a rock rolled up in an old pair of grandpa's long underwear? Want to know what it is? We can help.
We are happy to take a look at your unidentified specimen and, if possible, identify it. We have a variety of staff members well versed in rocks, mineral, fossils and meteorites. There is no charge for this service; however, please call in advance to ensure the staffer or volunteer with the best knowledge of your specimen type is present when you arrive.
In the unlikely event that an identification eludes us, we can refer you to a number of academic and commercial laboratories for further analysis at your expense.