The History Colorado Center enlightens visitors on the history of the American West. Colorado entered the Union on August 1, 1876, as the 38th state. Prior to statehood, the territory of Colorado attracted gunslingers, gold seekers, and others eager to stake a claim in the Wild West. Learn about Colorado's colorful past at the History Colorado Center.
The History Colorado Center opened its new facility on 1200 Broadway on April 28, 2012, with a new name. The Colorado History Museum had been located one block north, but was demolished to expand a judicial center. The Center features interactive exhibits such as a time machine, as well as recreations of important sites in Colorado's past such as a silver mine and Bent's Fort.
While the museum aims to educate visitors, exhibits are also designed to be fun and engaging. "We see ourselves as the gateway drug to an interest in history," said State Historian William Convery. The museum focuses on eight Colorado communities that serve as a slice of life from Colorado's past, from the glamor of ski jumping at Steamboat Springs to the disgrace of Japanese internment camps during World War II at Amache.
Although Colorado has been a U.S. state for less than 150 years, its history reaches back thousands of years. Convery said the History Colorado Center represents a fraction of the "grand 10,000-year sweep of history" in Colorado. The History Colorado Center also includes exhibits on the original inhabitants of the state, Native Americans. The state was home to seven Ute bands when white settlers arrived.
The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Directions and Address
The History Colorado Center is located at the corner of 12th Avenue and Broadway. From I-25, take the Broadway/Lincoln exit. Please note Broadway is a one-way street at 12th Avenue.
History Colorado Center
Denver, CO 80203
Parking is available at the Civic Center Cultural Complex garage at 12th Avenue and Broadway. Street parking is also available at meters along Broadway and Lincoln. Meters are free on Sundays.
Don't Miss It
- The time machines in the lobby give visitors a glimpse into Colorado's past through snippets of video presentations.
- The History Colorado Center is a green building certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED.)
- If inhaling history makes you hungry, visit the Rendezvous Cafe for gourmet sandwiches, burgers and more. The cafe is open during museum hours.
Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.