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History Colorado Center Denver

Where is it at?

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History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway
Denver
CO
80203
Tel: 303 866 3682

Directions

Once you get to 1200 Broadway in Denvor, CO, parking can be found in the Civic Center Cultural Complex Garage at 12th and Broadway, in the public parking garage directly north of the History Colorado Center . Enter on Broadway, and there are also metered spaces along Lincoln and 12th Avenue.

Where are we going today?

Colorado, the like rest of the country, has SO much history, that the History Colorado Center has compiled the most fascinating elements of the states past and combined it all into one great museum for the whole family to enjoy and learn!

Immerse yourself in the past in the 5,000 square foot exhibit that takes you back to the 1920s town of Keota - where dry land farming was the way of life.  Specially designed for families just like yours, the exhibit allows you to enrol in the town high school, ride a real Model T, catch up on the latest news in an authentic homestead, swap eggs in the general store and even climb in a hayloft!

It will really feel like you are back nearly 100 years! How different is it from how you live today? Can you imagine yourself living as they did?  What would you love about it?  What would you struggle with?

Discover how the choices of the people living off the land has shaped the environment, and visa versa. Do you think they managed to live together in harmony?

Get adventurous and descend into a silver mine, or for those active museum-goers you can take a virtual ski jump off Howelsen Hill.  Not all of the history of the state was positive, and you can put yourself in the shoes of the American Indian tribes, or the Japanese Americans in WWII and feel their plight and struggles. 

Through technology, environments, media and artifacts, you will become immersed in the incredible state of Colorado and uncover a history you probably never knew! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$8 (Ages 6 - 12)
  • Free Under: 5 years. Free also for members.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day

Teachers corner

There are grade specific tours available - from K-5 Time Travelers to 6-8 Water Questers! Each tour is 2 hours and have 3 scheduled times a day. Make sure you reserve your spots in advance! .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you get kids to check out HG Wells' time machine pictures online before hand, so when they see the time machine at the museum they will recognize it! .

What people are saying?

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    Waste of 1 hour, that's how long it took us to walk thru. Mainly a children's museum about vanilla topics like water usage and generic local stories. No mention of how we became a state, Sand Creek Massacre, Alfred Packer, etc. You can't tell me we have no artifacts or personal items from Molly Brown, Chivington, Black Kettle, Kit Carson, LT Pike. Katherine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful, inspired by the view of CO from Pies Peak and she doesn't rate a mention in our state museum? I hate to put a political bias on a museum, but I believe...Read More

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    Staff was fantastic. Exhibits are informative & interactive. Perhaps not a traditional museum but certainly a fantastic place for children or adults interested in learning about the history of Colorado. Great use of technology & a showcase for green energy initiatives.

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    Was very disappointed that many of the wonderful items on display in the former location were nowhere to be seen in the new building. Old fashion country store was very inauthentic as were many other displays. Overall focus on the saddest events in the states' history rather than its best and most unique accomplishments. It's a big building without much in it. Certainly not a place to spend much time. Have not renewed my 30 year membership.

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    This museum is an excellent example of a history museum that has embraced the use of technology in its exhibits. My issue was that the museum seemed to center around children having fun and hands on activities which left little room for learning. When I was there with my family, all of us being adults, two of the five total exhibits were not open. I felt this was poor planning on the museum's part. The section on mining was interesting but was so loud you could barely hear yourself think. The exhibit that I enjoyed was Destination Colorado...Read More

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    This place is awesome, worth every penny! I've never spent 5 hours in a museum before. The kids loved it too. There is a healthy mix of pictures, video, audio, stuff to see, touch, and interact with, and tons of great information if you take the time to read. It's the future of museums. It utilizes the best of today's technology to immerse you into history by interacting with the exhibits and following the stories of prominent characters. You can practice blasting walls in a mine, drive a car through the prairie, learn how to ski jump, divert water...Read More

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by Gary Ingram

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Waste of 1 hour, that's how long it took us to walk thru. Mainly a children's museum about vanilla topics like water usage and generic local stories. No mention of how we became a state, Sand Creek Massacre, Alfred Packer, etc. You can't tell me we have no artifacts or personal items from Molly Brown, Chivington, Black Kettle, Kit Carson, LT Pike. Katherine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful, inspired by the view of CO from Pies Peak and she doesn't rate a mention in our state museum? I hate to put a political bias on a museum, but I believe race relations and the environment are important topics that should be discussed in academic settings. A museum for me should preserve and present history, not try to shape my views about current topics. If you're looking for interesting artifacts, you won't find them here.

by Collette McDonough

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This museum is an excellent example of a history museum that has embraced the use of technology in its exhibits. My issue was that the museum seemed to center around children having fun and hands on activities which left little room for learning. When I was there with my family, all of us being adults, two of the five total exhibits were not open. I felt this was poor planning on the museum's part. The section on mining was interesting but was so loud you could barely hear yourself think. The exhibit that I enjoyed was Destination Colorado on the 1920s town of Keota. I think this museum should change its name to the Colorado History Center for Children because it seems it was designed for kids and from what I saw did not have something for everybody thus the three stars.

by Paul Markovsky

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This place is awesome, worth every penny! I've never spent 5 hours in a museum before. The kids loved it too. There is a healthy mix of pictures, video, audio, stuff to see, touch, and interact with, and tons of great information if you take the time to read. It's the future of museums. It utilizes the best of today's technology to immerse you into history by interacting with the exhibits and following the stories of prominent characters. You can practice blasting walls in a mine, drive a car through the prairie, learn how to ski jump, divert water between reservoirs, and experience a dust storm.

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