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San Juan County Historical Society

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Address: 1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, Silverton, CO 81433
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+1 970-387-5838

14,000 Sq. Ft Mining Heritage Center. One of the BEST Mining Museums in the...

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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Much larger than expected!

We took the Durango & Silverton train to Silverton and stayed overnight. We decided to give this museum a try and were really glad we did. The museum was much larger than we had... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2016
Townsend, Massachusetts
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Townsend, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

We took the Durango & Silverton train to Silverton and stayed overnight. We decided to give this museum a try and were really glad we did. The museum was much larger than we had expected. You'd turn a corner and expect to be done, but the museum continued on. The museum held a great mining history section. And it was... More 

Thank Bev01469
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We were in Silverton for a few hours and spent one of them at this great local museum. I would definitely recommend a visit if you enjoy local history and would like to know more about mining in the area.

Thank Hillary G
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Going in to this museum, we didn't realize how big it was going to be. Lots of very interesting exhibits. We didn't realize how many rock and gems that can come out of the mountains. Very well done!

Thank Jackie S
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Sometimes local museums dealing with history of that area are sketchy and limited on artifacts but not San Juan's. From beginning of tour to the end it is chock-full of documented history from photos and articles to actual items from their era. It's starts with the actual jail to mining equipment from that time to many many items that could... More 

Thank wjmay
Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

You have everything in here: Former jailhouse, mining history, agriculture, history of the people ... It was very interesting and you can easily spend two hours.

Thank Anja H
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

We love going to local museums so we stopped into the San Juan County Historical Society museum. What a great little museum. The exhibit on mining was outstanding. The jail was very interesting. Would not want to be locked up in that jail. We really enjoyed touring this museum and spent several hours here. Rain or shine this is a... More 

Thank BaltimoreSkiBob
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

You have a jail, gemstone, mining stuff plus a tunnel. Lots of mining equipment to view. Get ready to enjoy this fun museum!!!

Thank Karin S
Blanchard, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Loved spending a rainy day going thru this museum. It is huge!! Several levels including underground, was not expecting this. The gentlemen working the counter was a big help and you could tell loved his job. :)

Thank Durangoleah77
United States
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My hubby and I went here expecting a small little building with a few displays about Colorado history. Boy were we wrong! You get to see inside of the sheriffs home in the 1800's that included the jail. Very cool!! Then you have 3 stories of history with amazing life size exhibits of mining. We loved it! They also have... More 

Thank Firefly1423
Denison, Texas
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

I can't believe I have been coming to Silverton for 20+ years and have never visited this museum! The old jail alone, is worth the price of admission and the kids will never forget it--nor will I. The rest of the museum is devoted to mining history and the life of the miners at the turn of the century [20th].... More 

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