Mines Museum, home to one of Colorado’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission, had its beginnings in 1874 with the collection of geologist, Arthur Lakes, and includes the historic Colorado State Mineral Collection created by the Bureau of Mines in the 1890’s. The museum serves as the state repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage and showcases the most extensive public collection of minerals from Colorado.

MUSEUM CLOSED EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, MARCH 14th, 2020

In alignment with federal, state and University protocols put in place to protect our students, staff, and visitors, Mines Museum will be CLOSED beginning March 14th, 2020 until further notice.  Museum updates will be posted on both our website and Facebook pages.  All scheduled talks, tours, and events are postponed until further notice.

Discover Mines’ Hidden Gem

Attracting 30,000 visitors a year. Take in over 15,000 square feet of rocks, minerals, fossils and other fascinating Earth Science-related objects.  Pass through our indoor cave and discover minerals that glow.  Gaze at the sparkling Miss Colorado Crown containing over 600 gemstones and 21 diamonds. Transport yourself to Golden’s geologic past through our windows. Hike the Bob Weimer trail and visit authentic triceratops trackways. Marvel at our beautifully restored Irwin Hoffman mining murals.

Visit often.  With more than 2,500 items currently on display and more than 60,000 total items in our collection, there will always be something new to see.  We regularly rotate exhibits to provide fresh educational experiences and displays for our visitors to enjoy.  Earn a free rock or mineral by participating in a family-friendly scavenger hunt and watch for changing themes!

OUR MISSION

We are committed to fostering an appreciation of the Earth, energy and the environment through exploration, engagement, and enlightenment.

OUR VISION

To be the leader in Earth Science exhibition and education, connecting the public to Mines and encouraging the pursuit of careers in STEM.

Geology Museum

OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED

Due to COVID-19, Mines Museum is cancelling our annual Open House, originally set for September 16th.  Please stay tuned for re-opening announcements.  We can’t wait for you to see our new Museum Store!

Visit us

Admission: FREE

Regular Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm

The Museum Store closes 15 minutes before Museum closing time.

CLOSED Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Location: Colorado School of Mines, General Research Lab (GRL) building, 1310 Maple St., Golden, CO 80401

Contact us

FRONT DESK

303-273-3815
geomuseum@mines.edu

TOURS & EVENTS

museumevents@mines.edu

MANAGEMENT

Renata Lafler, Executive Director
rlafler@mines.edu

Daniel Schlegel, Operations Director
dschlegel@mines.edu

COLLECTIONS

Ed Raines, Curator
eraines@mines.edu

DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & ACCESS

The Museum is committed to cultivating an inclusive culture that proactively welcomes, respects, and supports all community members, provides equitable access and promotes an open exchange of diverse ideas.  LEARN MORE

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