Visit the museum to see a meteorite that was once used as a doorstop ... all 40+ pounds of it! 

The Mines Museum of Earth Science, formerly known as the Geology Museum, on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden is back and better than ever! 

Thanks to coronavirus, the museum was forced to take a yearlong hiatus, but during that time the museum made some renovations that include a new museum store, welcome desk, and added new exhibits, including mining artifacts and minerals. 

There is even one new exhibit that, unlike the others, did not come from this earth!

Visit Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see an H6 ordinary chondrite meteorite donated to the museum. The meteorite weighs more than 40 pounds and was found in a field in 1941. The previous owner used the hunk of space material as a doorstop before donating it.

The meteorite also joins one of the two famous Goodwill moon rocks that were collected during the Apollo 17 mission. 

Over 30,000 visitors a year come to the museum to see over 15,000 square feet of exhibits, fossils, minerals, and more, including the sparkling Miss Colorado Crown, which contains over 600 gemstones and 21 diamonds. 

And don't forget the authentic triceratops trackways on the property!

To visit the museum, reservations are required at this time. All of those on the premises will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. 

Learn more and make your reservations to visit some of the coolest artifacts from earth and space on the museum's website

Have you visited the Mines Museum of Earth Science before? What is your favorite exhibit? Let us know in the comments.