Adult Education

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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.


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

2019 Schedule
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.


June 7-9, 2019

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad with a decidedly Colorado twist.

The top scholars in railroad history explore the struggles undertaken to build one continuous line of track from coast to coast and the resulting impact this had on our nation’s settlement and economy.

 RSVP by May 31, 2019!

Click here for a schedule of presenters.
Click here to reserve your tickets.


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

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.


2019 Schedule

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month in the upper gallery for lunch and an informal discussion led by railfan community leaders. You bring your lunch and we provide the topic and the presenter!

2019 Schedule
October 8 – Chapel Cars on the Track with Ken Valles
November 5 – Collections & Archives at the Colorado Railroad Museum with Stephanie Gilmore
December 3 – Tales About Denver & Rio Grande Western’s John Norwood with Steve Patterson

Included with 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!


Come Hitch a Ride

15-acre railyard with over 100 locomotives is waiting for you to explore. 


17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

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