Adult Education

Never Stop Learning

The Colorado Railroad Museum’s popular topical lecture series, Rails & Cocktails, returns with a diverse schedule of talented presenters. Additional programs include Behind-the-Scenes Tours and other unique experience opportunities.

Advanced ticket purchase is required.


An Evening of Colorado History. Relax, have a beverage, and travel back to a time when railroads shaped the American West.

2019 Schedule
April 5 – William Henry Jackson Then & Now
June 28 – Happy 60th Birthday Colorado Railroad Museum
August 2 – The Railroad That Never Was
October 4 – Murder & Mayhem on the Tracks
November 1 – Golden’s First Railroads

Admission: $20 Adults, $15 Museum Members. Ages 21+ only.

Order tickets online here.

Admission includes 2 beverages of your choice (beer, wine or soda) and snacks.
Bar opens at 6:30PM, presentation starts promptly at 7:00PM. Presentation length varies by event and the doors close at 8:30PM. Click the above topics to learn more about each presentation.


10:00AM-11:00AM 3rd Tuesday Each Month

Young train enthusiasts meet to read stories with a decidedly railroad theme followed by a fun make and take home craft. Afterwards enjoy exploring the museum’s grounds and exhibits. The program is a collaboration between the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Golden Public Library.


1:00PM-2:00PM Fridays

Each Friday, join us for an hour of exploring a different aspect of Colorado’s railroad history. Tours are subject to change and are based on guide availability. Each week’s theme is explored using a variety of museum resources to help bring the subject to life with the understanding that guests are welcome to continue their visit on their own after the tour.

Highlights: February 15, March 1, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2 & 16, September 6 & 20, October 4 & 18, November 1 & 15, December 6, 20 & 27. 
Caboose: February 22, May 31, June 28, August 30, September 27, October 25 & November 29.
Locomotives: March 15, June 14, July 26, August 23, October 11 & November 22.
Kitchens: May 10, July 12, September 13 & November 8.
Post Office Cars: April 12, May 24, August 9 & December 13.
Settling Colorado: March 22.

Admission: $3 plus general admission. $10 adults, $5 kids 2-15 (under 2 is free), $8 seniors (60+). Museum members and children under age 2 are free.


Join staff members of the Colorado Railroad Museum for unique, behind the scenes experiences. Behind the Scenes Tours offer visitors the opportunity to explore a specific topic in detail with an expert guide. Groups are kept small to foster better conversations. 

10:00AM Saturday March 9 – Roundhouse Projects with Curator of Equipment & Rolling Stock Jeff Taylor
Join Curator of Equipment & Rolling Stock Jeff Taylor for a Behind the Scenes look at some of the projects he and the folks in the roundhouse are focusing on.
Order tickets here (reservations required by Wednesday, March 6, 2019).

Admission: $20 members, $25 non-members.
Space is limited to 15 participants. Advanced reservations required, includes daily general admission!