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Bowles House Museum
Operated by the Westminster Historical Society,
the museum is focused on the documentation and acquisition of
memorabilia related to Westminster history. See
Bowles House Museum on FaceBook. Bowles House Museum is
located at 3924 West 72nd Avenue in Westminster, Colorado.
Focused on the history of Aurora, Colorado,
the museum features exhibits of historical artifacts and the
history archives full of historic documents and images.
Location is 15051 E. Alameda Parkway in Aurora, CO.
San Juan Historical Society and Museum
The museum features artifacts and historical
items related to the history of the Archuleta County area.
Located at the corner of First and Pagosa Street in Pagosa
Boggsville Historic Site on the Santa Fe Trail
Colorado Sate Highway 101 just 2 miles south of Las Animas,
the site features pioneer demonstrations, music, food and
tours and re-enactments. Boggsville, founded in 1862,
was the first settlement in SE Colorado.
Boulder History Museum [Boulder
- Wise Homestead Museum
The museum is
focused on the history of Erie, CO and developing an
appreciation of the heritage of the American West. The
Wise Homestead is currently open Saturdays (May through October)
from 10am to 2pm and by appointment. to schedule a visit, please
call 303-828-4568. For more information about the museum or the
Erie Historical Society please call Sarah Wise at 303-828-4561 Located at 11611 Jasper
Road in Erie, CO. Phone: 303-828-4561.
Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
While the museum is
focused primarily on the history of Longmont and it's early
people, there are some great art exhibits and a lovely view from
the mountains to the plains. Located at 400 Quail Road in
Broomfield Historical Depot Museum
Housed in an old
train depot station, the Broomfield Historical Society operates
this museum which holds a large collection of photographs,
railroad books, city directories, and other historical documents
related to the history of Broomfield, CO.
Clear Creek County
Argo Gold Mine, Mill and Museum Historic Site [History]
Georgetown National Historic Landmark District
Hamill House Museum
Hotel de Paris Museum
the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in
Colorado, the museum building was once known as Delmonico
Bakery. It was opened as the Hotel de Paris in 1875
and operated as a hotel or boarding house until 1939.
In 1954 the building was rehabilitated and became a meeting
place of the Colonial Dames and their display of exhibits.
Located at 409 6th Street in Georgetown, CO.
Crowley County Heritage Center
County Family Histories] [Obituaries]
Located in the historic 1918 School
building, the museum offers memorabilia about the history of
Crowley County, Colorado along with genealogy data.
Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum
focus of the museum is on the history of Hotchkiss and
Crawford, Colorado as well as the surrounding area.
Features include exhibits of SW Indian artifacts, historical
photos, and replicas of a general store and parlor of the
olden days. A reference library is located on the
premises and holds family histories, genealogies and other
local historical research materials. Located at 180 S.
Second Street in Hotchkiss, CO.
Black American West Museum & Heritage Center
role of black people in the history of the American West.
Located at 3091 California Street in Denver, CO.
Forney Transportation Museum
History Colorado Center
Colorado Center is one of Denver's newest cultural attractions.
Designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado
history, debut exhibits share the stories and the spirit of
Colorado's people over the past 10,000 years. High-tech,
hands-on highlights include soaring off a virtual ski jump,
taking a virtual ride across the plains in a Model T, and
pushing an interactive "time machine" on a 60 foot floor map of
Colorado. Public programs, activities and special events
for children, families and adults, make the History Colorado
Center a destination for exploration, self-discovery,
inspiration and fun. A Smithsonian Affiliate, the new
History Colorado Center is a "must see" attraction for Denver
visitors, history buffs, families.... anyone who is attracted to
the allure that is Colorado. Located at 1200 Broadway in
Molly Brown House Museum
Born to Irish
immigrant parents, Margaret Tobin Brown was well known as a
survivor of the Titanic tragedy and also known as the
Unsinkable Molly Brown. The 1880s house was home to
James Joseph Brown and wife Molly Brown. Molly lived
in the house until 1932. Upon her death, the house was
owned by various owners and at times rented out to roomers.
Today the house has been restored and includes period
furnishings. Located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in
Littleton Historical Museum [History] [Historic Landmarks]
El Paso County
Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum [Virtual
Housed in the
beautiful 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, the museum
features exhibits relating the history and culture of the
Pikes Peak area. Visitors will find a lovely outdoor
area surrounding the courthouse with fountains, sculptures
and landscaping. 215 S. Tejon Street in Colorado
McAllister House Museum
This lovely old home was built in 1873 by
Major Henry McAllister, Civil War veteran and early pioneer
of Little London (Colorado Springs). Visitors can take
a step back in time to Victorian elegance which has
been recreated by the National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Colorado. Fully restored and filled with
period furnishings, the home is open for special events and
by appointment for private groups. Also available for
rental. Located at 423 N. Cascade Avenue in Colorado
Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation
The Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway
Foundation features a museum which includes 3 street cars on the
Colorado State Historic Register and one on the National
Historic Register. Located at 2333 Steel Drive in Colorado
Pikes Peak Radio and Electronics Museum
Focused on the preservation, study and
display of radio and electronic equipment from past to
present. Located at 6735 Earl Drive in Colorado
Western Museum of Mining and Industry
The museum brings the
history of mining to life with exhibits and guided tours.
Visitors will learn about Colorado history, mining and
industrial technology, geology and the environment.
Featured are over 4000 artifacts, a ten-stamp ore mill; a
theater and a 5000 volume research library. Located at 225
North Gate Blvd. in Colorado Springs, CO.
Elbert County Historical Society and Museum
Constructed in 1921
as the Kiowa High School, the building was designed by Denver
architect firm Gardner & Parry and is a classic example of the
Spanish colonial revival style. Today, more than 90 years
later, the old school house continues to educate with colorful
tales of Elbert County history, hand-carved dioramas, a main
street boardwalk and a rotating seasonal exhibit. Located
at 515 Comanche Street in Kiowa Colorado.
Museum of Colorado Prisons [History and Photos]
explore the history of Colorado prisons through exhibits. One
can even "do some time" in the historical cell house of the 1935
Women's Correctional Facility. Located next to the
Colorado Correctional Facility (Old Max) on 1st Street in Canon
Frontier Museum and Historical Society [History]
Focused on the
history of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County, Colorado,
the museum features artifacts and historical documents
related to local history. Researchers may peruse the
archives which offers many genealogical and historical
research materials. Located at 1001 Colorado Avenue in
Glenwood Springs, CO.
Central City Opera House
Coeur d' Alene Mine Shaft House
Gilpin Historical Society & Museum
school building was built in 1870 and today it houses the
Gilpin County History Museum. Located at 228 E. High
Street, Central City, CO.
Thomas House Museum
Cozens Ranch and Stage Stop Museum 1874
One of the oldest
surviving homesteads in the Fraser Valley, the Cozens Ranch
House is all that remains of the once thriving 700 acre ranch
established by William Zane Cozens. Original furnishings
and antique items are featured in the main house. Located
in Town Square Park in Kremmling, CO.
Heritage Park Museum
Featuring a two
story log homestead built ca 1885, the museum is operated by the
Grand County Historical Association.
Pioneer Village Museum
Housed in the Hot
Sulphur Springs School building, the museum features Indian
artifacts of Windy Gap along with early day tools and clothing
of pioneer settlers. Located at the east end of Hot
Sulphur Springs, CO on U.S. Highway 40.
Winter Park Ski Resort
Francisco Fort Museum
structure built in 1862 was the first settlement in the
Upper Cuchara Valley. This old fort has served as a
business center, apartments and even a private residence
until it was purchased in 1957 by the Town of La Veta for
use as a historical museum. Today, visitors will find
many early artifacts of the area with trained docents who
tell the stories of the early pioneers and Indians of
the area. Located at 123 W. Francisco Street in La
Walsenburg Mining Museum
Housed inside an old 1896 county jailhouse, the museum
features exhibits and artifacts which relate the story of
coal mining in Walsenburg and the people who lived there in
mining camps. Other exhibits include the county jail
history and it's prisoners. Visit at 112 W. Fifth
Street in Walsenburg, CO.
Astor House Museum and Clear Creek History Park
House Museum] [Clear
Creek History Park]
historic downtown Golden, these attractions provide a look
back in time to Colorado life in the late 1800s.
1917 mansion located in Golden at
Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve.
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum [History
of Buffalo Bill]
Buried on Lookout
Mountain is the famous buffalo hunter, Buffalo Bill Cody.
A memorial museum is located here also.
Colorado Railroad Museum [Exhibits]
Golden Historic Buildings and Landmarks
Golden History Center
A visit to the Golden History Center will
reveal the history and artifacts of the Golden, Colorado area.
Located at 923 10th Street in Golden, CO.
Memorial Park and Museum [History
of the Humphreys]
Housed in the old Humphrey home which was built
around a ca 1880 cabin originally lived in by rancher J .J.
Clarke. The museum is unique in the fact that it
remains virtually unchanged since 1920. Offering
insight into Colorado ranching life in the late 19th and
early 20th century, one can find Indian artifacts, antiques
and historic art objects.
620 S. Soda Creek Rd.
P.O. Box 2122
Evergreen, CO 80437
Director, Peggy Shaw
Morrison Heritage Museum [Historic
Sites in Morrison]
The museum is
currently closed and scheduled to reopen in 2007 at a new
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Pullman House [History]
Built as a way
station leading to the famous gold fields, this is one of the
oldest remaining buildings in Colorado. Later known as
part of the famous way station Cold Springs Ranch. The
structure has at one point been dismantled and is now being
La Plata County
Animas Museum - Durango Area History
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad [History]
railroad founded in 1880 is still providing train service
today. Operation of a historical train with 1925-1935
locomotives and vintage coach cars, provide visitors with a
grand experience with fantastic views of the mountains.
Address: 479 Main Avenue in Durango, CO.
Enos Mills Cabin Museum & Gallery
Built in 1885, the cabin as home to Enos
Mills. Operated by his descendants, it is dedicated to
the achievements of Enos Mills that have impacted millions
people around the world. Enos Mills was an author,
photographer, nature guide, innkeeper, lecturer and
adventurer. He is known as the "Father of Rocky
Mountain National Park". Located at 6760 Highway
7 in Estes Park, CO.
Estes Park Historical Museum [Exhibits]
Focused on the collection, preservation and
interpretation of the historic events in Estes Park, CO.
Located at 200 4th Street in Estes Park, CO.
Fort Collins Museum
Lula W. Dorsey Museum
Known as the Wind
River Lodge, it was relocated in 1910 an renovated in 1924.
Today the museum houses two historic cabins, an archaeology
display, a 1900 Studebaker freight wagon and many other
historical items. Located at the YMCA of the Rockies
in Estes Park Center.
Timberlane Farm Museum [History]
homesteaded by Judge W. B. OSBORN, the farm started with a small
log cabin in 1861. The farm became known as Timberlane
Farm in 1882. It was operated by members of the Osborn family
until 1973 and in fact the museum property is still in the
family. The museum features two of the Timberlane Farm
homes in period correct condition and visitors can learn what
life was like in a late 1800s household without modern
conveniences like electricity and running water. This
living history museum is open for tours and demonstrations and
is located at 2306 E. 1st Street in Loveland, CO.
Museum of The West
[Grand Junction History & Photos]
History & Photos]
History & Photos]
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Anasazi Heritage Center Museum
Crow Canyon Archaelogical Center
professional archaeologists at the current excavation site and
help unearth Anasazi artifacts. What an adventure!
Located just a few miles from the Mesa Verde National Park in
Mesa Verde National Park
Fort Morgan Museum [Photos]
Telling the story
of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through exhibits and
educational programs, the collection features photos, historical
documents and artifacts. Located at 414 Main Street in
Fort Morgan, CO.
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Historic Site recreates the sights, sounds and smells of the
past at this reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post.
In the past Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian Tribes came to trade
with traders and trappers on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe
Trail. Today, guided tours are featured with
demonstrations and often sometimes special events. Located
on Colorado State Highway 194 about 8 miles east of La Junta,
Koshare Indian Museum
and Trading Post
Built by the La
Junta Boy Scout troop under the leadership of James Francis
"Buck" Burshears, the original 1949 structure is a registered
state historic site and houses one of the finest collections of
Native American art and historical artifacts in the world.
The Kiva provides a stage for the world-famous Koshare Indian
Dancers. Located on the Otero Junior College Campus at 115
W. 18th Street in La Junta, CO.
The Otero Museum
artifacts related to the history of the lower Arkansas Valley.
Displays focus on railroads, military, postal, agricultural,
business, school and all aspects of early pioneer life in the
area. Visitors will see an 1867 Old Overland Stage, one of
only 13 ordered by the Fargo Company; The 1873 Wickham log
house; the Sciumbato House / Grocery Store; and many other
exhibits of items from the past of the Otero County area.
Located at the corner of Third and Anderson Streets in La Junta,
Ridgway Railroad Museum [Photos]
South Park City Ghost Town
Ashcroft Ghost Town
Ashcroft was a
mining town which was begun in 1880 and went bust when the
silver mines played out just 5 short years later. Self
guided tours anytime but guided tours are offered in summer
months. Located 10 miles south of Aspen on Castle
Independence Ghost Town
For a few short years, Independence was s
thriving boomtown where over $190,000 worth of gold was
produced from 1881-1882. Today a few buildings remain.
Visitors may take self guided tours. Located on
Highway 82, 13.5 miles east of Aspen, CO.
Wheeler Stallard Museum
Housed inside the
beautiful 1888 Queen Anne style home built by Jerome B.
Wheeler, the museum transports visitors to an earlier time
in history. The home has been refurbished to appear as
it would have looked in the 1890s. The second floor
features an exhibit on the life and art of Tom Benton, the
acclaimed artist who hails from Aspen. Located at 620
W. Bleeker Street in Aspen, CO.
El Pueblo History Museum
The museum is
located on the archaeological excavation site of the original
1842 Pueblo trading post and features a recreated trading post
and plaza. Focus is on the early history of Pueblo and the
surrounding region. Visitors will learn about the people
who shaped the area of Pueblo, CO through historical objects,
arts and photographs. Located at 301 North Union in
Old Colorado City Historical Center
Rosemont Historic Mansion Museum
Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center
Housed inside the
original freight depot and warehouse which was built in 1924 for
the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, the museum is focused
on the history and heritage of the southeastern region of
Colorado. Located across the street from the Historic
Union Depot at 201 West B Street in Pueblo, CO.
A Museum of Industry & Culture
This new museum will
be housed in the beautiful mission style building that served as
headquarters for the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation of
Pueblo, CO. Phase 1 of this museum is currently open in
the Historic 1901 Medical Dispensary Building. The msueum
features exhibits related to all facets of the CF&I.
Visitors will learn about the history of mining, steel
production, railroad history and the history of Pueblo and
Colorado. Operated by the Bessemer Historical Society, the
museum is located at 215 Canal Street in Pueblo, CO. Take
I-25 to Exit 97A, left on Abriendo, then 3 blocks.
White River Museum - A collection of the pioneer west
Learn about the history of Meeker through
artifacts, photos and displays. Located at 565 Park Avenue
in Meeker CO.
Hazard House Museum
Saguache County Museum [Videos]
Mitchell Museum of Western Art
(Arthur Roy Mitchell Memorial Museum of
Housed in an early 1900s western building,
the museum hosts a national art exhibit which includes a
remarkable collection of Spanish colonial folk art along
with many historical photographs and art pieces.
Located at 150 East Main Street in Trinidad, CO.
Trinidad History Museum
historic Trinidad site includes several buildings of
historical significance. This complex overlooks the Santa Fe
Trail and includes the 1882 Bloom Mansion and the Baca
House. The Pioneer Museum is located in the complex
and houses a collection of covered wagons with tools and
implements of the early pioneers along the Santa Fe Trail.
Located on East Main Street in Trinidad, CO.
history. With 45 structures on 8 acres, it's a great
chance to get a glimpse of early life in Greely, Colorado and
explore the history of the High Plains. the Village
Museum is host to many local seasonal events. Located at
14th Avenue and A Street in Greeley, CO.
Greeley History Museum
Newly opened in
2005, the focus is on the preservation of Greeley history and
features the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center. Located at
714 8th Street in Greeley, CO.
Hazel E. Johnson Research Center
This is the place
to find genealogy records and help if you have family ties to
this area. It is part of the
Greeley History Museum.
Meeker Home Museum
This home built in
1870 was home to the Nathan Meeker family, founding family of
Greeley, Colorado. The home exhibits the lifestyle of
the early colonists. It has been restored and completely
furnished. Located at 1324 9th Avenue in Greeley, CO.
Plumb Farm Learning Center
events, this becomes a hands on learning experience for
children of all ages. Home of classes, festivals,
special events and sometimes animals. Call 970-350-9220
to schedule a tour. Located at 955 39th Avenue in Greeley,
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