History Colorado Center
The History Colorado Center prides itself on presenting the stories of Colorado’s past and present. Covering everything from the state’s founding in the 19th century to toys of the mid-20th century, History Colorado Center is comprehensive and interesting to the extreme.
Start with the basics at the Colorado Stories exhibit which includes several galleries on individual facets of Colorado’s colorful history. Native American tribes played an important role in the foundation of the state. Learn about border wars and the different tribes in exhibits like Resilience: The Ute Indian Tribes, Time Immemorial to Today. Also part of this iconic and central exhibit collection are galleries such as Jumping for Joy: Steamboat Springs, 1915 and Sand Creek Massacre Gallery as well as others working to create an inclusive look at the variety of trials and personalities that went into the founding of Colorado.
Destination Colorado is a unique living history exhibit on the founding of Keota, a High Plains town set in 1918. Watch as individuals answer questions on what it’s like to live in Colorado during the early 20th century, enroll yourself in the town’s high school and get your yearbook picture taken, and even take a virtual multi-sensory ride down a country road in a Ford Model T smelling the scents of country life. Other exhibits include Denver A to Z, an interactive exhibit presenting the personality of the Mile High City through the alphabet, We Heart Rocky Mountain National Park in honor of the park’s anniversary, and the upcoming Living West exhibit featuring Colorado’s sometimes harsh environment.
Denver, and by extension Colorado, is a historic destination with plenty of stories to tell. “Because our stories matter,” is the motto of the museum and it is shown in its array of collected artifacts, displays, interactive galleries, and documented stories presented to visitors like you for your enlightenment.
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