History museums show us how people used to live: in history museums with all their possessions behind glass display cases. Intrude on the past with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for a Santa Claus Special family pass, valid for two adults and two children younger than 16 (a $30 value)
- $10 for Santa Claus Special admission for one adult and one child (a $20 value)
At the special holiday event, youngsters can drop their holiday wish lists in the museum railway’s post-office car, in exchange for a special RailCard keepsake; each list is later hand stamped and delivered to Santa. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, kids can also share their wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus directly at the Depot General Store, where they can congregate to sip hot chocolate and browse railroad toys. Meanwhile, the museum’s steam locomotive departs every half hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with its historic passenger cars decked out in holiday accoutrements.
The event runs December 8, 15, 16, and 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Santa and Mrs. Claus present between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on those days. Children aged 2 and younger enter for free. For more information, see the event page.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Like a small-town railroad depot in the 1880s, the Colorado Railroad Museum’s main building features wide eaves and a bright-yellow exterior. The building reflects the Museum’s overall goal: to hark back to Colorado’s railroad era, a time when the state relied on its groundbreaking, narrow-gauge mountain railroads for supplies and information. Since 1959, the Museum has showcased the machinery of that time with an array of locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. Alternatively, they present visitors with a glimpse of Table Mountain on the Museum’s train rides, enabling them to ride the rails in a bygone style without just taking the subway in an Abe Lincoln costume. To supplement its trains, the Museum hosts thousands of related rare photographs and artifacts, such as a replica of a 10,000-gallon water tank, humorously dubbed No Agua, that was once used to refill steam locomotives on the Chili Line to Santa Fe.