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American Mountaineering Museum

Inspire. Preserve. Educate.


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

From the storied history of the 10th Mountain Division to the daring first ascent of Mt. Everest, learn about mountaineering's exciting history and meet larger-than-life figures and modern day heroes who have brought the challenge to where it is today. This one-of-a-kind facility allows visitors to live the ascent of the world's most inspiring mountains through educational displays, interactive exhibits, breathtaking photos and climbers' personal stories. Jump a crevasse, hang out in a port-a-ledge and find your route up Mt. Everest!  And join us for fun social events throughout the year, including our popular Thirsty Thursdays!

Museum Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday:  Noon - 5pm


Regular Admission

$3 for CMC members
$5 for adult non-members
$1 for children under 12

Contact Us

(303) 996-2755
The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum relies on generous contributions from donors, grants and corporate support to connect visitors to mountaineering's exciting history and culture. You can support the Museum with a tax-deductible donation today!  Contact us to learn how you can make your gift.
The American Mountaineering Museum is a proud member of the Golden Cultural Alliance.