Museums in Colorado

Admission Package for Two or Four at Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy (Up to 50% Off)

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

Colorado Springs

Rodeo history comes alive through Western artifacts including equipment, awards, clothing, and trophies of famous champions and rodeo clowns

$16 $9

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six at Rosemount Museum (50% Off)

Rosemount Museum

Rosemount Museum

1893 mansion featured on America's Castles still has most of its original furnishings, custom paneling, and window and wall treatments

$12 $6

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Admission for 2 or a Family of 4 to Colorado Model Railroad Museum at Greeley Freight Station (Up to 50% Off)

Greeley Freight Station Museum

Greeley

Take a look at a tremendous and detailed model railroad, set kids free to play museum games, and get a peek at history

$16 $8

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Admission to One or Three Museums for Two or a Family of Up to Six at Museum of Western Colorado (Up to 60% Off)

Museum of Western Colorado

Multiple Locations

Play with interactive displays at the Dinosaur Journey Museum and live like a Grand Valley pioneer at the Cross Orchards Historic Site

$17 $8

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Visit or Membership to Morrison Natural History Museum (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Morrison Natural History Museum

Morrison

Visit or join a paleontology museum whose exhibits include remains from the first stegosaurus ever found and a T. rex skull you can touch

$16 $8

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Admission for Two or Four at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (50% Off)

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Golden Proper

xhibits full of family heirlooms and historically significant artifacts including quilts from the 1800s and contemporary art

$12 $6

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Museum of Colorado Prisons Visit for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off)

Museum of Colorado Prisons

Cañon City

Visitors can browse through exhibits covering more than 140 years of Colorado's incarceration history

$14 $7

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Visit for 2, 4, or 6 or Single, Senior Couple, or Family Membership to Four Mile Historic Park (Up to 50% Off)

Four Mile Historic Park

Cherry Creek

Memberships to Denver’s oldest house and 12-acre pioneer-era park includes discounts on special events and free wagon rides

$10 $5

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Admission for Two or Four to Western Museum of Mining and Industry (50% Off)

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Colorado Springs-Monument

Museum offers more than 4,000 artifacts and a 5,000-volume research library of the stories and items that fueled the industrial revolution

$16 $8

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$26 for a One-Year Family Membership to Dinosaur Ridge ($60 Value)

Dinosaur Ridge

Denver

Year membership grants dino buffs access to bus tours and exhibits at outdoor museum rife with prehistoric fossils, tracks, and artifacts

$60 $26

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Admission for Two or Four at Museo de las Americas (50% Off)

Museo de las Americas

Santa Fe Arts District

Collection of more than 4,000 artifacts ranging from pre-Columbian to contemporary creators provides a history of Latin American culture

$10 $5

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Full-Day Admission for Four with Optional Take-Home Fire Helmets at Denver Firefighters Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Denver Firefighters Museum

Central Business District

Bunking gear, horse-drawn fire trucks, and hands-on fire safety activities exhibited inside a 1909-built former fire station

$24 $12

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Aviation Xtreme's simulators let land-locked folk fly aboard jetfighters and WWI- or WWII-era aircraft in aerial missions or close-range combat. Aspiring aces strap into the cockpit of their simulator and choose from aircraft such as an F-15A Eagle, F-4 Phantom, or P-51 Mustang. After a short instructional video, they take off into the realistic blue yonder on a chosen mission, which can include an anti-ship mission or ground-attack mission. Each simulator is part of a larger computerized network, allowing friends to go head-to-head in a dogfight or team up to carve clouds into self-portraits.

Aviation Xtreme is housed inside Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, the former locale of the 1930s-built Lowry Air Force Base that closed in 1995, reports Frommer’s. These days, the 150,000-square-foot hangar houses more than four dozen airplanes, including five Century Series fighters and one of two B-1A Lancers on display in the world. The museum is even home to a full-size X-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars and the Harrison Ford Welcome Theater, where the staff starts each day in hiding to surprise Mr. Ford in case he visits.

In addition to aircraft from films, the museum’s space and rocketry exhibits include full-scale replicas of boilerplate spacecrafts used to train Apollo missions to the moon. Others models recreate planes in all their glory, such as the 16-foot Titan II launch vehicle, while hands-on exhibits replicate the conditions of space travel.

7711 E Academy Blvd
Denver,
CO
US

More than 4,000 artifacts. A 27-acre campus and 5,000-volume research library. These numbers just begin to describe the massive collection gathered at Western Museum of Mining and Industry. The institution's staff delve into history as miner's burrow into the ground, finding and preserving the stories and items that fueled the industrial revolution. The standing collection focuses largely on artifacts; visitors can see operating steam engines or pan for gold.

The venue also regularly hosts special presentations in its multipurpose center, featuring events in the past such as The Gold King's Legacy, an exploration of Winfield Scott Stratton's Cripple Creek mining operation. Some events also include the Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Show, the Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival, and Haunted Mines. Discussions on topics revolving around the Industrial Revolution and mining are led by appointed speakers to educate visitors.

225 Northgate Blvd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

The Plains Conservation Center is an offshoot of the West Arapahoe Conservation District, an organization appointed in 1949 to teach farming and ranching techniques that could help prevent another devastating Dust Bowl. While the PCC's mission has since expanded, the nonprofit organization's main goal remains the same: preserving the health of Colorado's plains. Between its two sites—a main 1,100-acre location in Aurora and more than 10,000 acres spread along West Bijou Creek—the organization maintains several attractions devoted to the history and environmental character of the region. These include more than five miles of hiking trails, a Cheyenne camp from 1837 with four standing tepees, and Wells Crossing, a replica 1887 farm consisting of sod houses, and heirloom gardens. For more modern sites, the Aurora location's visitor center features interactive displays and seasonal events such as Hops for Habitat, an annual fundraiser with beer tastings from local craft brewers.

21901 E Hampden Ave
Aurora,
CO
US

Since 1894, four generations of the Bee family tended their 160-acre farm. Part of the National Register of Historic Places since 2002, 10 acres of this preserved land now host the Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum. Through various exhibitions and activities, the museum teaches visitors about the family's efforts to cultivate their little segment of the Northern Colorado prairie.

From antique tractors and trucks to private letters and diaries, thousands of the Bee's personal effects fill their original houses, sheds, garages, and barns. In the horse barn, a wooden horse models an original harness. Meanwhile, in the milk barn, kids can milk a wooden cow. The museum's other hands-on activities include gathering eggs from nesting boxes outside the chicken house, grinding corn for animal feedings, and throwing irrigation tubes.

4320 E County Road 58
Fort Collins,
CO
US

There's something magical about the pink volcanic stone that makes up Rosemount Museum's exterior. Step inside, and you're instantly transported back to a mansion from the late 19th century. Original furnishings and artwork sprawl everywhere as visitors walk through this dream home, which was built in 1893 for John Thatcher, a banker and businessman, and his wife, Margaret, Pueblo's first public school teacher.

  • The Building: Constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the mansion was designed by New York architect Henry Hudson Holly, whose initials later inspired wrestler Triple H.
  • Size: The mansion sprawls across 37 rooms and 24,000 square feet.
  • Eye Catcher: the giant Tiffany chandelier that hangs above the golden oak entrance
  • Crown Jewel: Kingdoms of Nature, a 9'x13' stained glass window that waits up an oak staircase
  • Don't Miss: The Carriage House, where horseless buggies have been replaced by a full-service restaurant
  • Special Programs: tours, a volunteer program, and Christmas at Rosemount, when the staff decorates the museum for the season
  • Pro Tip:The museum is closed Sunday and Monday, major holidays, and for the entire month of January.
419 W 14th St
Pueblo,
CO
US

Combining science education with interactive entertainment, the Butterfly Pavilion houses five exhibits, 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies, and a multitude of creepy, crawly creatures. Begin your day with a Tropical Odyssey, a bilingual adventure complete with larger-than-life caterpillars and butterflies and a zip line that allows children to sprout wings and soar like a penguin. Crab-walk to the Crawl-A-See-Em exhibit where brave souls can hold Rosie, a Chilean tarantula, and discover leaf insects, scorpions, beetles, and giant millipedes, and head to the Water's Edge to touch sea stars and more. Furthermore, levitate to the Wings of the Tropics exhibit to admire butterflies from around the world as they rest on your eyelashes. End your safari with a hike on the Butterfly Pavilion's half-mile natural trail teeming with prairie dogs, rabbits, ogres, herons, hawks, and eagles.

6252 W 104th Ave
Westminster,
CO
US