It’s easy to get immersed in history in and around Golden. Start with the Golden History Center, which offers an overview of everything from dinosaurs to early dental tools, Coors porcelain to a fine collection of musical instruments.
The center also operates the Astor House Museum, built in 1867 as a boarding and rooming house until 1971, enticing visitors with one of the first bathtubs in Golden (25 cents a soak). Bathing is no longer offered, but the house shows off some of the daily life history of the town.
The Clear Creek History Park lets visitors step inside log cabins, a hay barn and root cellar, a one-room schoolhouse and blacksmith shop, with costumed hosts demonstrating the crafts of the past. The buildings were rescued from the Pearce Ranch when development threatened the historic settlement. The buildings were taken apart and painstakingly reassembled at their new home in downtown Golden.
Golden History Center
923 10th St.
Golden, CO 81401