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San Juan County Historical Society

1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, Silverton, CO 81433
+1 970-387-5838
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As good a museum as you will find on mining and local history as you're going to find anywhere... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Never Expected This

An incredible museum that provides an in-depth look at the mining industry that thrived in... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
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14,000 Sq. Ft Mining Heritage Center. One of the BEST Mining Museums in the country! Also see the 1902 fully renovated 1902 jail next to Mining Museum. A must see!!!! Open Memorial Day Weekend to mid-October.
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1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, Silverton, CO 81433
+1 970-387-5838
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As good a museum as you will find on mining and local history as you're going to find anywhere. Silverton has an incredibly colorful and rich history that is covered in great detail. Lots of mining stuff. Techniques, equipment, specimens, and more. If you like...More

Thank zealot42
Reviewed 27 October 2017

An incredible museum that provides an in-depth look at the mining industry that thrived in Silverton. Outstanding displays and collections. Loved the jail! The museum is located at the far end of Greene Street and has ample parking. There is a modest admission charge (I...More

Thank TravelLover63
Reviewed 22 October 2017

This has to be the best mining museum in the country and all the displays and craftsmanship that went into the set up is beautiful and informative!!

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Stopped by and was impressed with the range of displays in this museum. The original jail, displays about living in Silverton and one the largest collection of mining equipment and mining information that I have ever seen. A worthwhile visit but there is a second...More

Thank rp-yp
SJCHS, General Manager at San Juan County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

There is an elevator.

Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Well worth the stop! Very well done museum and you could spend easily an hour or more here! It has a bit of history about the whole area and the mining country. Well worth the $8 a person- very clean and has clean bathrooms with...More

Thank cajuntravelers2007
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We really enjoyed this museum. You start in the jail, then move to a complete history of mining which includes everything you could possibly want to know and then end with the mineral display. There is so much to see and so many artifacts. Well...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

So much interesting stuff here. Well presented. We were very impressed at the quality of this museum in such a small town. Jail, mining exhibits, photos, etc. The staff was very helpful. We were there about an hour but could have easily stayed longer. A...More

Thank KU71
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We absolutely loved this museum! We could have stayed all day long studying all the wonderful exhibits about the mining history. The exhibits were so interesting and well displayed. We will return someday and stay longer!

Thank catfricke
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This unassuming museum reveals a wealth of history in a multi storied space. The displays are exceptional and obviously created by talented craftspeople who love their town's history. Steven is a wonderful ambassador for not just the museum but the town as well. Totally beyond...More

Thank Dab50
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

There was so much to see here! It looks like a small place but there is so much more once inside. The place was huge and I highly recommend for anyone interested in history. The museum host was very friendly and knowledgeable. He even checked...More

Thank Brenda R
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Response from bettykShelley | Reviewed this property |
Oh, I just figured out the snow part. We couldn't get up to Highland Mary Lakes one year HIKING because of too much snow in the high country. So sorry for the mix-up.