Golden Pioneer Museum - Golden, CO - history shown through artifacts from the pioneers


The Golden Pioneer Museum is open from ten in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon Monday through Saturday. The facility opens at eleven in the morning and closes at five in the evening from Memorial Day until Labor Day only on Sundays. The cost of admission to the pioneer museum is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children aged six to eighteen and $10 for family groups. The facility accepts Visa, American Express and Master card as forms of payment.

There are a variety exhibits from the past which include implements of farming and ranching, antique clothing, mining artifacts and household objects. There are special exhibits which are changed three to four times each year. There are also a variety of resources available at the Golden Pioneer Museum for those that wish to research areas of Golden, Colorado's history. Individual researches can get the assistance of staff to locate what they are looking for. A study area and access to the pictures, books and other material is provided in the Mary Wallenhorst Johnson Research Center of the museum.

In 1939 a WPA project was used to found the Pioneer Museum which is one of the oldest in the area. In 1996 the facility was moved to 923 Tenth Street and continues to devote itself to the displaying and preservation of historical artifacts related to Golden from the year of 1849 until 1945. The Harmsen Gallery is a new addition that features the sculptures and paintings of the Dorothy and William Harmsen collection. There is even a gift shop in the museum that is open from 10am until 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.

The Golden Pioneer Museum is on the Clear Creek's North bank and was originally named North School from the years of 1880 to 1965. The name was officially changed to the Golden Pioneer Museum during 1997. There are a number of permanent exhibits in the museum that consists of artifacts that pioneer families originating in the local area donated to the facility. The museum has a number of primitive exhibits with a number of Native American artifacts that include arrowheads, stone tools, pottery and baskets.

A Night at the Opera, Ranching and Farming in Golden and American Military Memorabilia are among the names of recent exhibits at the museum. There is history and educational value in every exhibit at the museum. The gift shop at the museum offers a number of amazing opportunities for shopping and allows visitors the change to purchase a unique gift or souvenir. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the gift shop of the Golden Pioneer Museum directly.

Tours for groups of ten or more can be arranged at the Golden Pioneer Museum. Those with groups consisting of twenty-five people or more will be split up because of limitations on the space. Reservations should be made in advance if you would like to take a tour of the facility. Directions, reservations for tours, information about services and accommodations can be obtained by contacting the Golden Pioneer Museum directly.

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