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The Colorado Railroad Museum Golden

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The Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 West 44th Avenue
Golden
CO
80402
Tel: 303 279 4591

Directions

Just off CO Highway 58 between I-70 and Golden. Exit 265 Westbound, Exit 266 Eastbound (McIntyre Street). North 1 block to 44th Avenue. West on 44th Avenue 1 mile.

Where are we going today?

Rated as one of the top 10 attractions of the Denver Metro area, the Colorado Railroad Museum was founded in 1959. Located on 15 acres at the base of beautiful North Table Mountain in the golden foothills of the Rockies, the Museum is the largest narrow gauge museum in the Rocky Mountain West, with 100 pieces of equipment, including several historic steam locomotives. The renowned Robert W. Richardson Library houses one of the most extensive collections of railroad materials in the country, while the Cornelius Hauck Roundhouse, designed like a roundhouse of the early 1900s, is a state of the art restoration facility. Outside the roundhouse is a working Armstrong turntable. The Museum Depot, a replica of an 1880's depot, houses exhibits that tell the story of Colorado's colorful railroad history. Don't miss the Denver HO Club model railroad layout or the Denver Garden Railway exhibit nestled in a beautiful shady garden spot on Museum grounds. The Colorado Railroad Museum is a great place for families and rail fans alike. Many of the historic rail cars are open to the public, and there are many opportunities throughout the year to ride behind a locomotive in a 19th century passenger car.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10 to $15
  • Children$5
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

The Museum is open year-round, daily from 9am to 5pm. Holiday Hours Easter Sunday open from 1:00 – 5

Teachers corner

The museum provides many opportunities to explore the history of railroading in Colorado. Guided Tours Available..

I'm Hungry!

Vending machines available..

Any Top Tips?

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our park like setting..

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs and strollers will not be able go inside railcars, and some areas of the Museum..

Can I get one of those?

Railroad themed gifts for all ages..

What people are saying?

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    I think this place does a good job of maintaining its web reputation (maybe the reviewers are allied with the museum in some way), but not in providing as good an experience for children as they could potentially do. Your child likely will NOT be able to ride on any type of steam train or replica thereof. Rather, you'll ride on this lame "Galloping Goose" train, which comprises an old Pierce-Arrow body that the museum's staff has outfitted with some older truck engine and transmission from the 50's. Thus, they avoid the costs of maintaining a...Read More

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    Excellent train museum for kids and adults. Train rides every saturday. Polar Express is amazing!!!

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    Every time we visit, the staff always welcomes us and is so friendly. My son loves going and he only wishes the model trains outside would run every time he comes by...
    He wants to go every weekend and often during the week as well.

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    Awesome historic collection!

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    These place was awesome, take the kids and make a day of it, they will have a great time.

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by Michael Oravitz

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I think this place does a good job of maintaining its web reputation (maybe the reviewers are allied with the museum in some way), but not in providing as good an experience for children as they could potentially do. Your child likely will NOT be able to ride on any type of steam train or replica thereof. Rather, you'll ride on this lame "Galloping Goose" train, which comprises an old Pierce-Arrow body that the museum's staff has outfitted with some older truck engine and transmission from the 50's. Thus, they avoid the costs of maintaining a steam train for daily use for its patrons. Also, you may see many interesting big trains on their grounds, but if you go to explore them, you'll be chased down by paranoid guys telling you "Hey, you can't go in that area, we're not insured for that, we don't have the staff to lead people around tours of those trains," etc. The model train setups all have a colder, "hands off, kid" aura too them (not able to walk among the setup model-train landscapes). In short, severely lacking interactive experiences, which, as any parent knows, is a must for kids. My son, who is three, properly used the word "sucks" for the first time in a sentence after coming here. Not a choice word for him to be using at that age (I'm working on that), but it summed up my experience as well. A long drive to Golden just to be let down.

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