Quality Inn & Suites Golden - Denver West - Federal Center
11907 West 6th Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 231-9939
Fax: (303) 235-4552
Arts & Museums
Learn about sources of energy, the benefits of using renewable energy and energy efficient technologies at this research center that also features a state-of-the-art solar energy system, wind energy displays, alternative transportation fuels display as well as educational programs and workshops for adults and children.
This center consists of 15 acres of barns, buildings and exhibits from the turn of the century. Once the property of May Bonfils Stanton, the center hosts educational events and public programs such as luncheons, nature walks and workshops. The kids can explore an old country school, as well as participate in special summer programs. Tours take place regularly in the Ralston Crossing School, dating back to the 1920s, and the Streer-Peterson House, dating from 1872.
Visit this unique museum and visitors center to see dinosaur bones from Jurassic period and more than 300 dinosaur footprints from the Cretaceous period. Plus, discover the secrets of how the Rocky Mountains were formed more than 70-million years ago. This two mile long excursion into the past is a perfect outing for the entire family. Free maps for self guided tours are available at the visitor center. Guided tours are also available.
Established in 1958, this museum was created to preserve an important part of Colorado history and, in particular, the narrow gauge mountain railroads that were pioneered in the state. The museum houses an extensive collection of railroad equipment as well as original photographs and paintings by pioneers, including William Henry Jackson. In addition to the museum, there are 50 train cars, trolleys and locomotives, including a 317-ton Burlington locomotive 5629. A gift shop is on-site. Open daily 9am onwards.
Exhibit center featuring working seismographs, story boards, and touch TV monitors with earthquake statistics. Tours are available by appointment only Tuesday through Thursday.
Constructed in 1867 by Seth Lake, the Astor House was the first stone hotel built west of the Mississippi River. It provided lodging for the legislators holding meetings in the Loveland Building. The historic hotel also served settlers in need of temporary shelter while moving west across the continent. The house is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and recently underwent restoration by adding period furnishings.
This museum features 20 to 25 historical and contemporary quilts with exhibits changing every two months and includes a reference library and information on the art and history of quilts. A gift shop on site sells quilts, handmade art, and pattern books. Quilt shows are available by request.
A rockhounder's paradise, this museum exhibits mineral collections from all over the world. Examples of exhibits include "Clear Creek Cave Gemstones," "Colorado Mining History," and "Earth History." This is definitely one of those museums that upon exiting will cause you to ponder "I did not know rocks could be so diverse and complicated." A fine attraction for children, the museum also loans Trunks and Fossil Kits, including rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones and charts.
In 2008, the museum threw itself open to the public eye and claims to be the only museum in the whole of the United States to be dedicated to the heroic feats of the mountaineers. Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum has exhibits on culture and other aspects based on humanitarian grounds, besides mountaineering. Many artifacts including ice axe, old kodak camera's and oxygen cylinders are on display in the museum. Lectures and series on mountaineering are also held here.
The oldest museum in Golden featuring many artifacts from nearby archeological sites and pioneer days from 1859 to 1930. The research library contains numerous historical and genealogical volumes, documents, and photographs. Hands-on and interactive tours are available for special needs groups and younger children.
The Golden History Center traces the history of the city of Golden. Through lectures, seminars and events, it promotes cultural awareness amongst the people.
Lapis Gallery has the market on diversity by selling all kinds of art, ranging from sculpture and pottery to works made from stone, glass, metal and wood. It focuses on local artists, but occasionally displays established regional and national artists. The owners here are also skilled craftsmen. They build and sell custom-made furniture which manages to blend function with style. They also do some steel grinding, and sell their own oil-based paint.