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Arts & Entertainment in Golden

Visit Golden for a night out under the stars with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, or delight in the cultural charm of this Colorado town as you discover all of Golden’s public art exhibits. From intimate theater performances to western-style art and sculptures, Golden’s cultural arts and entertainment scene is a gem in itself.

History & Art Beckons

Golden’s history is rich in fascinating Western tales of pioneers, explorers, and hard-working people looking to build a town at the center of it all. Today, Golden has held onto that gold-rush-era allure in many ways, and it shows — especially in our art museums, galleries, and public art walks.

Walk the Twelfth Street Historic District and take in the traditional charm of the pioneer architecture along the way, or dip into Golden History Park, where you’ll discover a three-acre replica of a 19th-century mountain homestead in the middle of downtown Golden. The park’s Golden History Museum gives visitors a hands-on look at historical objects and photographs, painting an authentic picture of Golden throughout the ages.

Take a winding drive up to the Boettcher Mansion for sweeping views and a uniquely local part of history within the walls of this historic home, built over a century ago. The mansion, constructed by prominent architects of the early 1900s with native stone and wood from the site itself, stands in harmonious solitude atop Lookout Mountain

The Colorado Railroad Museum is an exciting destination, too, with rotating galleries on display, showcasing stories of Colorado’s railroad history and the people behind them.

Discover the Perfect Canvas

Here in Golden, art is second nature as we find inspiration from the natural world around us and the rich history before us. 

Local art venues house some of our finest artistic work, from the Foothills Art Center, which engages the community with rotating art exhibits and dynamic programming for kids and adults, to galleries like Spirits in the Wind, showcasing art from national and local artists.

The Stage Is Calling

Another way to find art and creativity in Golden is through our music and theater scene. 

Feel like you’re a part of the play by attending a show at the award-winning professional theater company, Miners Alley Performing Arts Center. Or, sit back and enjoy the music at a small-venue concert, so intimate it might give you chills, or a grand symphonic experience at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center. 

Golden is a short car ride away from one of the world’s most magical music venues, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, where world-renowned artists perform against a stirring natural backdrop of giant rocks and mountains.

The arts help shape Golden’s rich cultural identity. Our hands-on museums, dynamic galleries, vibrant music venues, and up-close stage performances play a significant role in the Golden experience, making it a memorable one for the entire family. 


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