Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, Golden

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Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum opened its doors in February 2008 to be America’s first and only museum dedicated to the heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering.

This one-of-a-kind facility will allow visitors to live the ascent of the world’s most inspiring mountains through educational displays, interactive exhibits, breathtaking photos and climbers’ personal stories that enrich the visual experience, and one of the world’s largest libraries dedicated to mountaineering research and education. From children to weathered climbers, all visitors will find something to inspire their life’s journey. Jump a crevasse, hang out in a port-a-ledge and find your route up Mt. Everest!

The 3,500-square-foot museum is a joint partnership of the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Club.
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  • For us, this Museum is a delight. It has nice exhibits of mountaineering throughout the world and Colorado. Great descriptions of the early U.S. trips to climb big mountains in Nepal and elsewhere... 
    For us, this Museum is a delight. It has nice exhibits of mountaineering throughout the world and Colorado. Great descriptions of the early U.S. trips to climb big mountains in Nepal and elsewhere...  more »
  • Surprisingly good museum about mountain climbing across the world. Liked the information about Colorado mountain climbing not being from this state. Two small film rooms are worth the time, but... 
    Surprisingly good museum about mountain climbing across the world. Liked the information about Colorado mountain climbing not being from this state. Two small film rooms are worth the time, but...  more »
  • Great place to spend and hour or two. Staff was super helpful and knowledgable as well. Hands on climbing gear. Lots of fun information on Colorado's 14000 foot peaks along with Everest models, and....  more
    Great place to spend and hour or two. Staff was super helpful and knowledgable as well. Hands on climbing gear. Lots of fun information on Colorado's 14000 foot peaks along with Everest models, and....  more »
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  • We've lived in Denver for 8 years and have been to all the museums we can find. But we always thought that this museum didn't apply to us as we're not involved in mountaineering. But today we thought we'd give it a try and it was great! It's located in the old Golden High School, which in itself is a treat to visit. The front door on the south side is not the entrance - you have to walk around to the door on the west or north side. Their are no employees. You check in at a kiosk, use a tablet to pay with credit card, or put cash in a box - genius! We spent about an hour looking at the exhibits and watching several interesting videos about amazing climbing treks. You can't miss the scale model of Mt Everest! We loved it!
  • Great experience for any climber or alpinist, but also accessible to someone with no climbing experience. Very comprehensive history of climbing, including coverage of climbing pioneers unfamiliar to most modern climbers. The model of Everest is incredible, and for the first time I really understood the topography and the various routes to the summit. The only gripe I had was that some of the information is dated. For example, the Nose speed record is listed as Florine/Hirayama in 2002. Since then, it has been broken multiple times and has come down by over 45min,.
  • A must visit for any mountaineering enthusiast or veteran. See famous artifacts from mountaineerings finest, and read stories of their feats and tragedies.
  • A great small museum that takes it's guests to all the great mountains in the world and instructs them how to climb.
  • The have rent out space for elevation belly dance festival the last two years and they are very accommodating and the rock wall is pretty interesting along with their museum display!

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