While I was in Denver, Colorado last month, I had the pleasure of visiting the Colorado History Center.
Unfortunately, I forgot my memory card for the Sony Nex C3 in our hotel room, so I only had my iPhone 4s to take photos!
What makes the newly renovated Colorado History Center Denver different from many other museums is that they've taken a thematic approach to their displays - they share stories and the spirit of the Colorado people instead of just showcasing artifacts.
We arrived shortly after Phase I of the new exhibitions - Grand Atriums, Destination Colorado and Colorado Stories.
Designed to make visitors of the Colorado History Center feel like a part of Colorado's adventurous spirit, the museum is set up with themed areas all around the center, many of them interactive!
Included in the Colorado Stories Exhibit
- Jumping for Joy: Steamboat Springs, 1915
- Mountain Haven: Lincoln Hills, 1925–1965
- Convergence: Bent’s Fort, 1833–1849
- Top of the World: A Silverton Silver Mine, around 1880
- Confined Citizens: The Amache-Granada Relocation Center, 1942–1945
- Collision: The Sand Creek Massacre, 1860s–Today
- Resilience: The Ute Indian Tribes, Time Immemorial to Today
- Borderlands, 1700–Today
A few of the highly experiential exhibits are the story-telling time machine, a virtual ski-jump and a ride in a Model T!
The LEGOrado Exhibit
My favorite part of the Colorado History Center in Denver was...LEGOrado!
If you are a fan of LEGO, you must check this exhibit out! It will be open Memorial Day to Colorado Day.
The LEGOrado display features a large train track circling four sections of LEGO buildings and scenes telling Colorado stories from particular places and times, past and future!
This is one of my favorite pieces in the LEGOrado exhibit in the Colorado History Center - it is so detailed and I love the sense of humor with the guy riding the dino!
As you can see, the LEGOrado exhibit was huge!
The Colorado History Center is located in downtown Denver and you can find out more about their exhibits, along with Phase II and III of their renovation at HistoryColoradoCenter.org.
Colorado History Center Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday noon - 5 pm
Colorado History Center Admission Pricing
Students & Seniors $8
Children 6-12 $6 and 5 and under FREE