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Historical Museums in Colorado
Take a trip back in time

You'll find many opportunities for study in Colorado's history museums. Take some time this spring to learn more about the past of Colorado and the people and forces that made it what it is today.
History of Colorado pioneers
Housed in the 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum leads you through the history of the Pikes Peak area. Learn about the town's growth, from its founding to its evolution into a health resort, and finally into a major military operations center. Other exhibits include a collection of quilts and a highly regarded collection of regional landscape art. Admission is free, and reservations are recommended for large groups. See www.cspm.org for information on location or to book a tour.
Visit historic Golden
The Golden History Center, previously known as the Golden Pioneer Museum, is a great place to start learning about this unique Colorado town. The museum houses more than 15,000 items important to the town's past and maintains several permanent exhibits as well as rotating exhibits and various programs throughout the year. For information, visit www.goldenhistory.org.
Western history firsthand
The Museum of the West in Grand Junction lets you experience western history for yourself. Exhibits include riding in a stagecoach, learning the Ute language, touring an adobe home filled with Native American pottery, and visiting a uranium mine. The Museum of the West is also the home of the Loyd Files Research Library, a collection of primary sources chronicling the history of the western U.S. Visit www.museumofwesternco.com for complete details and to learn more about affiliated museums like Dinosaur Journey in Fruita.
History at altitude
Events at the Telluride History Museum aren't always indoors. Attend a fireside chat, take a walking tour of the town, or join a cemetery tour at the Lone Tree Cemetery. The museum also hosts fascinating exhibits chronicling the history of Telluride. Learn about the Ute tribes that inhabited the area and find out how early miners worked, as well as how the arrival of the railroad changed the character of the town. Self-guided walking tours can be downloaded at the museum's website, or you can pick up information on the tours at the museum itself. Find additional information to plan your visit at www.telluridemuseum.org/index.html.
The ultimate history trip
Located on Broadway in Denver, the History Colorado Center is the newest way to experience Colorado history. With numerous interactive and hands-on exhibits, this museum gives you unique opportunities to immerse yourself in reenactments of historic towns and locations in the state. Visit the Time Machine or step into the interactive town of Keota to learn what it was like to live in Colorado in 1918. This museum is a truly innovative learning experience you and your family are sure to enjoy. Read more and plan your visit at www.historycoloradocenter.org.
Don't miss out on the chance to explore, study, and even reenact Colorado history at one of these educational destinations.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado


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