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.

2020 Schedule
February 7: Locomotive No. 20 At Home with Jeff Taylor – Learn more & order ticket online here.
April 3: Ted Rose, A Photographer For His Time with Paul Hammond – Learn more & order tickets online here.
June 5: Cumbres & Toltec: Running A 19th Century Railroad In The 21st Century with John Bush – Learn more & order tickets online here.
August 7: Passenger Cars with Richard Luckin – Learn more & order tickets online here.
October 2: Go West Young Man with Elizabeth Nosek – Learn more & order tickets online here.

Admission: $20 Adults. Ages 21+ only.

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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.


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: January 31, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4, December 18.
The Caboose: January 17, February 28, April 24, May 29, July 31, September 25, October 23.
Locomotives: January 24, March 20, May 15, July 24, August 28, October 9, November 27, December 11.
The Railroad Kitchen: January 10, March 13, May 8, June 26, September 11, October 30, November 20.
Railroad Post Office Cars: February 14, April 10, August 14, October 16.
Ted Rose and the Legacy of Railroad Photography: February 21, March 27, April 17, May 22 & June 12.
The Galloping Goose: June 19, July 10, August 21.
The Storybook Tour: July 17, September 18, November 13.

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
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 a unique, behind the scenes tour experience!

2020 Schedule

Sunday January 19 – “Director’s Pick” with Executive Director Paul Hammond – 1:00PM
Join the Museum’s new Executive Director, Paul Hammond on this tour as he takes you “behind the scenes” to show you what he thinks makes this museum special! Reservations required by Friday January 17, 2020 at 4:00PM.
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Saturday March 21 – “New in the Roundhouse” with Curator of Equipment & Rolling Stock Jeff Taylor – 1:00PM
See what’s up in the Roundhouse! Curator Jeff Taylor takes guests behind the ropes so they can see the current restoration work being done on locomotives and rail cars up close and personal. Reservations required by Friday March 20, 2020 at 4:00PM.
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Tuesday July 14 – “New In Collections” with Curator of Collections Stephanie Gilmore – 1:00PM
Join collections Curator Stephanie Gilmore to see some of the Museum’s new avenues of connecting researchers and visitors both off site and on with the museum’s permanent collections! Reservations required by Friday July 10, 2020 at 4:00PM.
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Tuesday September 8 – “Westward In The Age of Rail” with Curator of Education and Exhibits – 9:30AM-11:00AM
Join education & exhibits curator, Elizabeth Nosek for a behind the scenes look at how an exhibit goes from concept to gallery in this special tour. Reservations required by Monday September 7, 2020 at 4:00PM.
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Tour and Admission: $20 Museum members, $25 non-members.

Guests are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear. Tour fee includes daily admission to the Museum, continue to explore on your own after the guided tour concludes! Advance online purchase recommended.


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


17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

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