American Mountaineering Museum

A view of the inspiring Mountaineering Museum Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum opened its doors in February 2008 as America's first and only museum dedicated to the heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering.

From the storied history of the 10th Mountain Division to the daring first ascent of Mt. Everest, learn about Mountaineering's exciting history and meet larger-than-life figures and modern day heroes who have brought the challenge to where it is today.

This one-of-a-kind facility will allow visitors to live the ascent of the world's most inspiring mountains through educational displays, interactive exhibits, breathtaking photos and climbers' personal stories.

Jump a crevasse, hang out in a port-a-ledge and find your route up Mt. Everest!

Join the Museum for monthly Thirsty Third Thursday events and sPEAKer Series. Check the website ( for all upcoming special events and exhibits.

Museum hours are — Monday: 10am - 4pm, Tuesday: 10am - 4pm, Wednesday: 10am - 6pm, Thursday: 10am - 4pm, Friday: 10am - 4pm, and Saturday 12:00pm - 5pm. Please call for holiday hours.

Regular admission is $5.00 for adults, $1 for children under 12, and $3 for AAC and CMC members.

American Alpine Club Library

Over 20,000 books and videos dedicated to mountaineering and rock climbingThe Henry S. Hall Jr. American Alpine Club Library is an internationally known resource on alpinism, climbing, and mountain regions and cultures. Established in 1916, it is one of the oldest alpine research facilities in the United States, and the largest outside of Europe. A circulating collection of nearly 20,000 books and videos devoted to mountaineering and rock climbing is available for members to borrow. Rare and non-circulating collections include the AAC archives, John M. Boyle Himalayan Library, manuscript collections, photographs, and rare books dating back to the 16th century.

Boasting nearly 600 journals and over 500 videos and DVDs, the American Alpine Club Library has special strengths in American and foreign guidebooks, Mount Everest and the Himalayas, the Alps, and mountaineering history.

The library serves members dispersed around the world, with the mission to provide excellent service and efficient access to the collection to AAC members, the media, and others, wherever they may be.

Visit their website at