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The History Colorado Center is a museum in Denver, Colorado, USA dedicated to the history of the state of Colorado. Construction on the $111 million building started on 19 August 2009. The museum opened on 28 April 2012 at 1200 Broadway, one block south of the site of its predecessor, the Colorado History Museum, which closed in 2010. The center is administered by History Colorado, formerly the Colorado Historical Society.
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|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
The History Colorado Center is a pretty museum with a bunch of interactive exhibits where you can let your kids pretty much run free. It does have 4 floors of exhibits so it can take several hours. It covers everything from farming in the east to mining in the west to native peoples. I wish it had a few more exhibits and a little more depth to some subjects, but I really liked it.
Great museum all about colorado. Great for older kids but adults can have a great time as well. I learned something! Plan on spending 2+ hours there. Parking garage located next door. If you get a membership it's almost the cost of the ticket plus you get passes to Georgetown railroad that are valued more than the membership!
My expectations were met and then some. Was very pleased to see how much interaction was available. We had a really good time!
Want to know when Colorado became a territory? Want to know who settled the state? Want to know what was the first National Park? Want to know who first explored Colordo? Want to know about the Gold Rush or why the Mint is based in Denver? Who was Pike? Look on Wikipedia I guess. You won’t find history here. Instead you will find experiential and topic based exhibits aimed at Elementary/Junior High Students. The exhibits could be condensed to one floor of this massive building. The Dust Bowl exhibit was good. So was the exhibit on the Red Rocks amphitheater. Overall the museum was a disappointment. We did it an about an hour.
I learned a lot about the State of Colorado that I did not know. The exhibits were relevant and gave me a lot to think about after I left. We will be going back again as the exhibits change. Great place to visit
I was pleasantly surprised by how great this place is. It's beautiful, clean, friendly and on the day we went, quiet! It was a Saturday! It's interactive too so my 6 year old loved it. She went 2 days in a row! Loved all the Colorado info
Great for young school-aged kids. Some of the recreated settings with audio narration were really good for all ages, especially the Japanese internment camp and the dust bowl.
History Colorado's great museum with plenty of revolving exhibits to interest anyone interested in colorado. 4 floors of exhibits and a really helpful staff along with guides curators and support. Located next to the Denver art museum and other relevant places in the heart of Denver, It's a great place to make a day of museums.
I am amazed at the videos about the Japanese internment camps and the video on the sand Creek massacre. The down stairs is a fun interactive trip into the 1920s life in colorado upstairs there are many different things to do, a mine, Bents fort native Americans and so much more. I love the new space and it's changing!
You can think of the museum as a social studies class rather than a history class on Colorado. It contains a series of vignettes of life in Colorado rather than an attempt at a unifying historical narrative. Perhaps it’s just as well that the building owners have chosen the rather strange jumble of words for its name (History Colorado Center) rather than more gramerically satisfying titles like the Colorado History Center or, perhaps more appropriately, the Colorado Social Studies Center. The word jumbled title is indicative the hodgepodge nature of the center’s perspective on Colorado history.
Fairly interesting museum, but somewhat sparse. We enjoyed the museum but it seemed like they were struggling to fill the space. Most of the exhibits seemed a bit chaotic -- even when we tried, we couldn't follow the sequence. All in all -- nice museum, but a bit pricey for the content.
As a Wisconsin visitor to Denver with my 86 yo mother, I was very pleased to see they had a ramp and free use of a wheelchair. Price was reasonable, staff pleasant, helpful and seemed to enjoy their job. The baseball exhibit was awesome. It was nice to have someone their so knowledgeable about everything. Really enjoyed the 100 room too! Highly recommend.
My wife works right next door and had been to the museum and suggested we go as a family. We decided to support the facility and got a family annual pass since there were a few upcoming exhibits we wanted to see. When you become a member, you get unlimited access to the museum, early access to exhibits, and lots of other perks like Georgetown Loop tickets.The early access is nice because exhibits can be very busy once open to the public. Parking can be tricky, but we've always managed to find a meter someone on the block, and it's only $2 for 2 hours which is perfect. The exhibits can be quite spread out throughout the museum on different floors, but it's not too difficult to navigate among wide staircases or elevators.
History Colorado is a fun place to bring the kids and grandparents. There are hands on exhibits throughout the museum and it’s fun to learn more about Colorado. I found the Dust Bowl exhibit an interesting, informative and fun experience. The 100 Items showing the history of Colorado was also a cool way to show history and there are some wonderful pieces in the collection including Molly Browns Opera cloak and Baby Doe Tabors bedroom vanity! My son was disappointed that the time machines weren’t there anymore. Overall, we enjoyed exploring the museum!
Great history museum with high-production exhibitions. Particularly liked the thoughtful interactivity in the Destination Colorado exhibit about Keota--great for kids. LOVED the a/v production on the Dust Bowl in Living West. Also liked the Play Ball! exhibit. The exhibit text is well written throughout. We only had about 50 minutes to spend and definitely could have spent 3+ hours to look at all of the exhibits in great detail. They give a deep discount if you arrive late, which is nice. No museum professionals discount, though. Also gave us a pass to visit an historic site, but that was our last day in Denver.
The Museum has done a wonderful job of curating a collection that is engaging and fun for all ages. The collection reflects a variety of topics and interests, which I love about a good museum. Bonus is the other floors - great exhibits on the history of Colorado and Native Americans. Highly recommend.
Great museum with a great range of exhibits on four floors. Reasonable entry fee ($14 when I went). I thought the 100 items and A-Z of Denver the highlights. Two hours wasn't quite enough for me to get to everything I wanted to see, which is a good sign.