Mines Museum

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.

Discover Mines’ Hidden Gem

Attracting 30,000 visitors a year.  500 Internal Server Error

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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!


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


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

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Admission: Free

Please note: Career Day will take place on the Mines campus September 10th and 11th. Parking will be difficult to find for these two days. The need to park in Golden and walk further will be necessary. Please plan your visit accordingly.

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: 电竞牛app, General Research Lab (GRL) building, 1310 Maple St., Golden, CO 80401

Mines Museum Store

Located on the lower level of the building, the gift shop features rock and mineral specimens, fossils, books, fluorescent minerals, and Earth Science-related gifts and home decor!

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Front desk: 303-273-3815




Renata Lafler, Executive Director

Daniel Schlegel, Operations Director


Ed Raines, Collections Manager