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Golden, CO 80401
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Cultural Amenities

Cultural Arts

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Boulevard
Arvada, CO 80002
Box Office Phone: 720-898-7200

TTY: 720-898-7203
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities offers year-round theater, concerts and dance, art galleries with changing exhibitions, a historical museum, and classes in ceramics, dance, writing, acting, and visual arts. The Center's theater company produces many shows each year, including musicals, dramas, and comedies. The Arvada Center Galleries feature a variety of exhibitions yearly. In addition, the children's theater program serves more than 60,000 school children annually.

Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street
Golden, CO 80401
303-279-3922
The Foothills Arts Center houses a fine arts center with changing exhibitions, lectures, art classes, volunteer opportunities, and a gift shop. The Center is located in an 1872 Victorian Gothic Church and parsonage listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
The 90-member orchestra, established in 1953, presents classical and contemporary music. The symphony performs five classical concerts in the winter season at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden and five open-air summer concerts in various Jefferson County parks.  In 2011, the orchestra was voted the "Best Community Orchestra" in the metro Denver area by Westword Magazine. For further information, call 303-278-4237.

Lakewood Cultural Center

470 S. Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226
303-987-7845
This 38,000 square-foot facility located at the Lakewood City Commons government center includes a 300-seat theater, community room, gallery/exhibit space, gift shop, classrooms, and lobby space. The Cultural Center is designed for art and cultural programming and general community use, and offers special engagements, regionally recognized artist performances and exhibitions, community presentations, performances, or exhibits featuring work by local artists, schools, and emerging art organizations.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W. Alameda Avenue
Morrison, CO 80465
720-865-2494
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is a natural, geologically formed, open-air amphitheatre located in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Jefferson County, and is the premier outdoor concert venue in Denver. The majestic setting of the amphitheatre, along with the view of downtown Denver from the top of the theater is breathtaking. The 600-plus acre park and 9,000-seat amphitheatre was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Red Rocks celebrated its 0th anniversary in the summer of 2011 with special landmark events and performers.The theater provides perfect acoustics and was once listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Red Rocks park is open to visitors and hikers year-round.

Historic Sites


Boettcher Mansion
900 Colorow Road
Golden, CO 80401
720-497-7630
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mansion maintains historic authenticity of the arts & crafts architecture period with lighting, wallpaper, furniture, hardware, wall stenciling, and draperies appropriate to its 1917 construction date. Built by Charles Boettcher as a summer home and hunting lodge, the Mansion is located on the top of Lookout Mountain, and was donated to Jefferson County by Boettcher's granddaughter, Charline Breeden, in 1970. The Mansion opened to the public in 1975. Weddings and other special events are regularly hosted at the Mansion.

Cabrini Shrine
20189 Cabrini Blvd.

Golden, CO 80401

303-526-0758
Mother Cabrini, the first American saint, spent years ministering to Colorado's poor. Visitors can climb 377 steps to the top where her Sacred Heart statue stands. Along the way are the Stations of the Cross and Mysteries of the Rosary.

Clear Creek History Park
1020 11th Street
Golden, CO 80401
303-278-3557
This unique 3-acre experiential education site consists of original 1870s homestead cabins, an 1876 one-room school house, a replica of a blacksmith shop, a root cellar, and heirloom gardens. The park is devoted to "hands-on history," with demonstrators not only performing pioneering skills and activities, but actively encouraging visitors to try their hand at various demonstrations as they change from day to day.

Lakewood Heritage Center
801 S. Yarrow St.
Lakewood, CO 80226
303-987-7850
A 20th-century museum and historical and social center, the Lakewood Heritage Center is located on 15 acres in Belmar Park. The property was once the estate of Mary Bonfils Stanton and a number of original structures, now considered historic, are part of the museum site. Exhibits, educational events, and programs support the theme of Lakewood's evolution in the 20th century.

Museums

Astor House Museum
822 12th Street
Golden, CO 80401
303-278-3557
Built in 1867, the Astor House was conveniently located across the alley from the meeting place of the Colorado Territorial Legislature in Golden. This restored late Victorian western hotel is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Arvada Historical Society
7307 Grandview Ave.
Arvada, CO 80002
303-421-1261
The Arvada Historical Society was founded in 1972 and has collections of historic photographs, documents, books, and newspapers related to the history of Arvada.

Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum and Grave
987-1/2 Lookout Mountain Road
Golden, CO 80401
303-526-0747
The museum features a retrospective depicting the life of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Exhibits include posters from his Wild West shows, a Native American gallery, paintings and photographs, clothing, and memorabilia from his life. Cody, who died in 1917, selected his own burial site on Lookout Mountain because of its spectacular view.

Colorado Railroad Museum

17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
303-279-4591
Outdoor exhibits showcase more than 50 narrow and standard gauge locomotives and railcars, and indoor collections include 50,000 rare photographs, papers, and artifacts relating to Colorado's rail history.

Morrison Natural History Museum
501 Colorado Highway 8
Morrison, CO 80465
303-697-1873
Opened in 1990, this museum tells the story of Morrison's dinosaur discoveries on nearby Dinosaur Ridge, and the plants and animals that share the area today. Here you can see–and touch–real dinosaur bones, and even help chip rock away from the Return of the Native exhibit.

Attractions

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
6252 W. 104th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80020
303-469-5441
This interactive center opened in July of 1995 to foster an appreciation of butterflies and other invertebrates and to educate the public about the need for conservation of threatened habitats. Butterfly Pavillion features a tropical rain forest harboring more than 1,200 free-flying butterflies. A chrysalis-viewing area reveals the process of metamorphosis. The Insect Center displays terrariums holding a variety of insects from around the world.

Bandimere Speedway
3051 S. Rooney Road
Morrison, CO 80465
303-697-6001
Bandimere Speedway is the home of the NHRA/Winston Mopar Mile-High Nationals. The speedway is a large, multi-use outdoor facility featuring NHRA Championship Drag Racing, family entertainment, facility rental, corporate ticket sales, hospitality services, and party facilities.

MillerCoors Brewing Company

13th and Ford Streets
Golden, CO 80401
1-800-645-5376
Adolph Coors founded this famous brewery in Golden in 1873, three years before Colorado became a state. Using Rocky Mountain spring water in its brewing process has helped develop the Coors mystique. Today, MillerCoors is America's third largest brewery. MillerCoors offers free tours and beer samples (for those over 21 years of age) and soft drinks following the tours. Over 300,000 people tour the brewery annually.

Dinosaur Ridge
16831 W. Alameda Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
303-697-DINO (3466)
Dinosaur Ridge is a geological and paleontological outdoor museum. Bones from some of the largest dinosaurs were discovered here, and many are still embedded in the sandstone. More than 300 dinosaur tracks are preserved at the site. A visitor center is located on-site.

Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 W. 6th Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
303-271-6600
A 100+ acre facility located near Golden, the fairgrounds are located at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The site hosts many year-round activities, including national and local rodeos and the Westernaires, a group of young equestrians famous for precision drilling. The fairgrounds also provide a wide range of other facilities to accommodate trade shows, banquets, meetings, weddings, picnics, and many other events.

National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC)
Colorado School of Mines Campus
1711 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
303-273-8500
The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), a part of the Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, is located on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden. The NEIC determines the location and size of all destructive earthquakes that occur worldwide, disseminating this information to national and international agencies, scientists, and the general public. The NEIC is the national data center and archive for earthquake information, and has an active research program to improve its ability to locate and understand earthquakes. Tours are available by calling for an appointment.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkay
Golden, CO 80401
303-275-3000
As the nation's leading center for renewable energy research, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is developing new energy technologies to benefit both the environment and the economy. NREL's 300-acre campus is located at the foot of South Table Mountain in Golden. Displays and interactive exhibits explain how renewable energy from the sun, wind, plants, rivers, and oceans can be converted to electricity for homes and fuel for cars. NREL celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2012. Tours are available.

Tiny Town and Railroad
6249 S. Turkey Creek Road
Morrison, CO 80465
303-697-6829
The town, created at the site of the 1915 Denver-Leadville stagecoach stop, features more than 100 child-size buildings in residential, rural, and mountain settings. The town's turn-of-the-century downtown features a fire station, a toy store, an ice cream shop, a movie theater, a gas station, a grade school, and a library. A coal-fired steam engine pulls visitors in open cars around the village. A picnic area and playground are available.

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