Victor Lowell Thomas Museum - Experience Gold Rush History



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Experience Gold Rush History Past and Present

The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum is an original 1899 building that houses two floors of artifacts, books, exhibits, and photographs depicting life in Victor from its beginnings through the heyday of the 1890s gold rush.

SUMMER GOLD PANNING EXPERIENCE: Outside the museum during our sunny summer days, you can pan for real gold and gems. The panning trough is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather allowing. Our staff provides lessons. You keep all the gold you find!

MODERN GOLD MINING TOUR: You can also step into the modern-day era of gold mining. Take a tour of the real, working gold mine here in Victor's back yard. See giant trucks, shovels, and other mining equipment in action. Tours are from Memorial Day to Labor Day every day but Thursday. All tour proceeds are donated to the museum.

MUSEUM: The museum displays memorabilia once owned by famous journalist, author and world traveler, Lowell Thomas. Thomas grew up in Victor and became a national legend and golden voice of radio. There are also photos and artifacts from the gold rush era. We're more than a museum.

GIFT SHOP: Browse our selection of new and used books, historic, Victorian hats, unique gem stones and Victorian jewelry, old-time games and puzzles, gold ore, rocks and minerals.

SUNNYSIDE CEMETERY: On summer Saturdays, walking tours of the historic Sunnyside Cemetery offer a glimpse into the lives of the pioneers who were part of the gold rush era.

Sign up for one of our special events or programs and learn more about the 1890s gold rush that made Victor and neighboring Cripple Creek famous.

LOCATION: Along the Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway, The VLT museum is at the corner of 3rd Street and Victor Avenue in Victor, only 5 miles from Cripple Creek. It is housed in an 1899 brick structure that once was a hardware store, hotel and furniture store.

ADDRESS: 298 Victor Avenue, Victor CO 80860

PHONE: 719-689-5509 -- For Special Events and Museum Hours, They Vary Throughout the Year: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.




  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders.
  • Group Meeting Area: Indoor room.
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 35


  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: 2/1 to 12/31

Primarily Year Round Activities

  • Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
  • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
  • Museum: On site.

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Mine Tours: On site.

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