Address
1310 Maple St.
Golden, CO 80401
phone: 303-273-3815
e-mail: geomuseum@mines.edu
web: www.mines.edu/Geology_Museum
Hours
all year round
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
closed major holidays and official school holidays
Admissions
No Fee
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Bruce Geller, Curator
phone: 303-273-3823

Description

The museum serves as the state repository for Colorado's mineral heritage and promotes its importance and understanding to the university community and the public. It aims to inspire scientific curiosity through education and research while encouraging appreciation of the earth and responsibility for its mineral, fossil, meteorite and historic mining treasures.

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, home to one of the state's two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission, was started in 1874 and displays mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite and historic mining artifact exhibits on two floors.

The Mines Geology Museum Gift Shop is on the lower level of the building. The shop features surplus mineral specimens, lapidary materials and equipment, fossils, books, fluorescent minerals, starter kits and related materials. Specimens range from “starter” pieces for less than $1, to fine specimens for the advanced collector.

Artifacts Collections

The main floor exhibits feature specimens from many Colorado mining districts, other global localities and an introductory video on area geology. The Special Exhibit Room hosts prominent precious metal and invited displays. The main gallery also showcases historic mining murals by Irwin Hoffman. The basement contains numerous exhibits regarding radioactivity, fossils, basic geology, gemstones, meteorites, ultraviolet minerals and underground mining illumination. The outdoor geologic trail features seven outcrops with various geologic and paleontological points of interest, including fossilized dinosaur tracks, logs and leaves.

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Group Tours