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New artifacts will bring new stories to city museum

Golden History Museum moves artifacts to make way for Discovery Awaits

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“New” old stuff is coming soon to the Golden History Museum.

But first, all the old artifacts had to be moved out.

“It’s good to let these artifacts rest,” said Curator Mark Dodge. “The idea is that we’re bringing new things in.”

Jan. 9 was moving day for the Golden History Museum.

It took about a week prior to move day to pack and log the smaller artifacts, said Vanya Scott, a curatorial assistant with the Golden History Museum. And on move day, staff worked with four professional movers with Craters & Freighters, a company that specializes in packing, crating and shipping fine art and antiques, to load the artifacts onto the moving trucks then unload them at the storage facility.

“For museums, you have to make sure the artifacts are handled properly,” Scott said. “Damage to artifacts is irreversible.”

At least 100 artifacts were moved, and they will stay in a long-term, off-site storage facility located in Denver West.

The reason to move the artifacts is because the Golden History Museum, formerly known as the Golden History Center, is making way on its Discovery Awaits campaign — something that has been in planning for a year.

“This is another milestone for the project,” Dodge said.

Discovery Awaits is another term for the Golden History Center’s master plan. It entails new exhibits and an interior renovation of the nearly 50-year-old building located at 923 10th St.

The museum closed on Dec. 30, but its lectures and events continue in various locations in Golden, such as the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St., and the Golden History Park, formerly Clear Creek History Park, located at 11th and Arapahoe streets. The remodel is expected to begin by the end of January, and the museum will reopen sometime this summer to celebrate the museum’s 80th anniversary.

Five exhibits will be part of Discovery Awaits: Epic Events, an exhibit based on a timeline of Golden’s history; Legendary People, a rotating exhibit featuring Goldenites through time; the History Lab, a library and lounge area where people can access a variety of research tools, in addition to a space where the public can view the behind-the-scenes work that museum staff, volunteers and experts do to care for the artifacts; The Salon, a museum theater and program space; and the Touch Gallery, where visitors can interact with artifacts.

All of the exhibits will be getting new artifacts, Dodge said, including Epic Events which opened September 2016.

“It’s important to rotate artifacts and tell new stories,” Dodge said, adding that each artifact has its own unique stories. “There’s dozens of stories to tell.”

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