Art Museums, Galleries & Public Art Walks


Located in historic downtown Golden, Foothills Art Center leads and inspires the community through art, education, and cultural excellence with engaging exhibitions and dynamic arts programming for learners of all ages. Foothills Art Center was founded in 1968 and is an official member of the United States National Registry of Historic Buildings. The center is housed in an 1872 Gothic-style church, an 1892 Queen Anne style manse and a Victorian-era mansion built in 1899 – all surrounded by a sculpture garden at 809 15th Street in downtown Golden, Colorado.


The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum is America’s first and only museum dedicated to the heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering. From the storied history of the 10th Mountain Division to the daring first ascent of Mt. Everest, learn about Mountaineering’s exciting history and meet larger-than-life figures and modern day heroes who have brought the challenge to where it is today. Jump a crevasse, hang out in a port-a-ledge and find your route up Mt. Everest!


Grand Re-opening on June 23, 2018!

Golden History Museum, in celebration of its forthcoming 80th anniversary in 2018, is embarking on a full renovation of the museum’s public spaces. The initiative called Discovery Awaits will transform the museum into a warm, welcoming, and vibrant public space for uncovering and sharing our past. The renovation includes new programming spaces, a research center, a hands-on gallery for families with young children, and dynamic new exhibits that highlight the City’s collection of historic objects. With the vision of “always something new to discover,” the renovated Golden History Museum brings the behind-the-scenes practices of object discovery and preservation to the front of the house.


Golden History Park is home to many of the original buildings from the old Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. Thomas and Henrietta Pearce raised eight children on their ranch. It was one of the largest in the area by 1912.

Stroll through this park and imagine growing potatoes or raising chickens as part of a homesteading family. Peek through the windows of real 1800’s cabins and see other buildings from the ranch like the barn, chicken coop, and two-seat outhouse.  Glimpse the 1876 Guy Hill schoolhouse originally located in Golden Gate Canyon. The park is open seven days a week from sunrise until sundown. Admission is always free.


The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum gives visitors the chance to explore the scope of quilting, from bed coverings of the 1800’s to contemporary art pieces. The museum hosts quarterly exhibits, tailored tours, and programs for adults and youth. For the researcher and quilt enthusiast, the Sandra Dallas Library contains over 6,000 volumes featuring out-of-print literature, technique resources, historic patterns and research documents. Since 1990, the museum has served as a trusted repository for treasured family heirlooms, historically significant quilts and cutting-edge contemporary quilts.


Moon rocks, gems of the Colorado Rockies, crystals, and fossils from all over the world are always on exhibit at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum. 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. Today it hosts more than 50,000 minerals, fossils, gemstones, and artifacts. Currently the Miss Colorado Crown is on loan to the museum, the only tiara among all the pageant crowns that is composed entirely of natural gemstones. Admission is Free!


Dinosaur Ridge is a world-famous dinosaur track site with over 300 dinosaur footprints made during the Cretaceous Period; 100 million years ago! They are still right where the dinosaurs left them, though the environment has changed a bit. Triceratops Trail has a few dozen dinosaur bones dating back to the Jurassic Period (150 million years ago) from Stegosaurus, the Colorado State Fossil, Apatosaurus (formerly known as Brontosaurus), and Allosaurus, the meat-eating dinosaur.  Come explore fossils with family and friends.

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