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Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum

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The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum

The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum opened to the public in February 2008. A joint venture of the American Alpine Club, the Colorado Mountain Club, and the National Geographic Society, the 3,500-square-foot museum is the centerpiece of the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado.

This interactive museum is the only one in the United States exclusively dedicated to rock climbing and mountaineering, with exhibits on history, mountain cultures, safety and equipment, and more. Unique artifacts include the ice axe Pete Schoening used to save five falling climbers on K2 in 1953, as well as the clothing and equipment worn by Jim Whittaker during the first American ascent of Mt. Everest. The museum is closely integrated with the Henry S. Hall Jr. American Alpine Club Library and Colorado Mountain Club Collection, with a new reading room between the museum and library for researchers and special exhibits.

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The museum has an excellent website offering a visitors' guide and information about events and changing exhibits. The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum is located in the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden, CO, about half an hour from Denver or Boulder, and less than an hour from Denver International Airport. 

Monday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed on Sunday

Regular admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children under 12, and $3 for AAC and CMC members.

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More information can be found at the Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum website.