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.


Highlights Tour every Friday at 10:30am
Special Topic Tour every Friday 1:30PM-2:30PM

Guided Theme Tour: $3 plus General Admission (Free for Museum Members, ages under 2).

Each Friday, the Museum offers two traditional tours. The Highlight Tour acts as a wonderful introduction to the Museum, its collections and the railroads impact on Colorado’s history. Visitors can also join us for the afternoon tour where each week our trained guides delve more deeply into 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 their tour.

Special Topic Tour Dates & Subjects

Afternoon Highlight Tour: March 10, April 28, June 23, August 18, September 22 & November 22.
Moving the Message Tour:
May 5, July 30, September 1 & November 3.
The Locomotive: Steam & Diesel Tour: March 17, April 21, May 12, July 14, September 15, October 20 & December 15.
The Caboose Tour:
March 24, July 28, September 29 & November 10.
The Galloping Goose Tour: April 7, May 19, July 21, September 8, October 13 & December 29.
The Railroad Kitchen Tour: March 31, June 9, July 7, August 25 & November 17.
The RPO (Railroad Post Office) Car Tour: April 14, June 16, August 11, & October 27.

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

Click here to reserve Friday Tour Tickets in advance!


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

7:00pm Select Fridays
Presentation lengths vary, bar opens at 6:30pm.

The Railroad Chapel Car Movement – Friday, April 7
Presenter: Ken Valles

For this presentation we’ll be focusing on the unique railroad Chapel Car movement which took place in the U.S. from the 1890s to the 1930s – Click Here to learn more about this upcoming presentation!

The Need For Speed: Technology Transforms the 19th Century West – Friday, June 2
Presenter Dr. Derek Everett

In the span of a generation, people moved and communicated dramatically faster than at any previous time in the history of our species – Click Here to learn more about this upcoming presentation!

TBA – Friday, August 4
Presenter TBA
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TBA – Friday, October 6
Presenter TBA

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Admission: $20 Adults. Ages 21+ only. Admission includes 2 beverages of your choice (beer, wine or soda) and snacks.

Click here to reserve your tickets in advance!
Tickets will go on-sale at least 2 weeks before the scheduled event!

Touring the Rails

Touring the Rails – 10:00am-2:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays, May 13 through August 13.

Included with admissionClick here to RSVP!

Join us at the Colorado Railroad Museum each weekend (through mid-August) for opportunities to explore history at your own pace! Volunteers are stationed at key locations throughout our outdoor Railyard to answer questions and point out some of railroading’s less obvious but more universal aspects between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Try your hand at our low-tech yet fun diesel locomotive simulator. Learn how our turntable uses balance and leverage so a single person can push a steam locomotive all by themselves! Learn more about the telegraph, America’s first form of revolutionary electronic communication, which dates from over 180 years ago (included with regular Museum Admission). Train Rides operate 10am–3pm.

Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 2-17, $8 seniors ages 60+. Train Rides: $4 adults, $2 ages 2-17. Free for Museum members. Children under age 2 do not require a ticket. Grounds open 9am–5pm, rides operate every 30 minutes 10am to 3pm.


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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