Museums and Attractions around Golden Colorado
This tour features several museums and historic sites on the western edge of the Denver metro area.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a rock structure near Morrison, Colorado, 10 miles west of Denver. The amphitheatre is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, Colorado and is located in Red Rocks Park, part of the Denver Mountain Parks system. Upon completion of the amphitheatre to its present form by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the venue was formally dedicated on June 15, 1941. It has held regular concert seasons every year since 1947.
The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is a museum located in the Trading Post at Red Rocks Amphitheater. It was created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions, to preserve and protect historical artifacts, and to educate the public about everything that is great about Colorado’s music.
Located in the Dakota Hogback region of the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark, Dinosaur Ridge stands as one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil localities. The history of Dinosaur Ridge traces back to 1877 when some of the best-known dinosaurs were found, including the Apatosaurus, the Stegosaurus (the Colorado State Fossil), and the Allosaurus. These discoveries initiated a “dinosaur gold rush,” and the dozens of successful excavations at Dinosaur Ridge have stocked many of the world’s museums while bringing more attention and passion to dinosaurs and paleontology. In addition to further excavations and exploration, Dinosaur Ridge is also open to the public with its Visitor Center and two interpretive trails ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about dinosaurs. The National Park Service has designated Dinosaur Ridge as a National Natural Landmark and the state of Colorado has made it a Colorado Natural Area.
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum opened in 1990 in downtown Golden, Colorado. The museum showcases the art of quilting. After exhibiting in the Denver Art Museum, Eugenia Mitchell became a staple in the quilting community. Mitchell founded the museum with a gift of 101 quilts from her collection. From humble beginnings, the museum now has a global reach, welcoming visitors from 6 continents.
Located in Golden, Colorado, this shrine is for Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, also known as Mother Cabrini. It is composed of a stone house, a statue titled "The Sacred Heart of Jesus," and a convent. Mother Cabrini and the Sisters of the Sacred Heart actively worked to establish a Catholic presence in the area, specifically for orphaned girls. The site became so well known that it became a popular pilgrimage site and then a shrine. It also features a 22 foot high statue of Jesus on the highest point.
The final resting place of local celebrity Buffalo Bill. This area also has one of the best views that Colorado has to offer. Partake in the cafe, the sights, and the local beauty.
William Frederick Cody, more famously known as “Buffalo Bill,” was a scout for the Union Army’s Seventh Kansas Cavalry during the last years of the Civil War. He earned his namesake while hunting buffalo as an employee of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, known for his expert shot. From there he would go on to be the greatest showman of his day with his famous “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show bringing him both fortune and fame. He employed both women and Natives in his show making him the famous American in the World.
Foothills Art Center is located in historic downtown Golden, Colorado. Made up of multiple historic buildings, the art center has a main gallery, community gallery, and gift gallery. Founded in 1968, the nonprofit organization has a mission to lead and inspire the community through art, education, and cultural excellence.
The only U.S. museum dedicated to the spirit of Mountaineering. The American Mountaineering Center is the nation's premiere facility for education, research, conversation and information about the mountain environment. With a state of the art museum and library, conference space, auditorium, climbing wall and spectacular views of North and South Table Mountains, your trip is sure to be inspired to new heights!
The Colorado Railroad Museum traces the history of the Colorado railroad system with pieces from the first years of rail travel to today's more modern techniques. See real-life displays, hear accounts, and see photographs from the early years through today. In the Colorado Railroad Museum, you will also hear about the American Hobo and the history of the surrounding towns. See some of the greatest rail inventions including snow plows and water tanks.