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 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 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.
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.
Identification of specimens is performed between 10 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Gift Shop: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Sunday 1-3:45 p.m.
Location: General Research Laboratory (GRL) building, 1310 Maple St., Golden, CO 80401
The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum now charges for guided tours. Guests are requested to phone 303-273-3815 for exact rates, details and for any inquiries.
- School busses are no longer allowed to park in the museum lot. Instead, drop off your school children outside our south door in the white loading zone (see #23 on the Campus Map available here), then proceed to parking lot F on 19th Street (six blocks south of our building) to park your busses for free.
- Parking fees are required in our lots and on campus streets Mondays-Fridays before 5 p.m. There are a limited number of reserved parking spaces in the lot northwest of our building: enter our lot via 13th Street. If our lot is full, please obtain a permit from a parking kiosk and park in a legal spot along Maple Street, south of 13th Street. You might also find parking along 13th Street east of Maple Street. If these street spaces are taken, please park west of the museum in lot Q. If you would rather park for free, limited spaces may be available along the north side of 11th Street, two blocks north of our building. From May 15 -Aug. 15, free parking is permitted in the neighborhood streets north and east of the Museum.