List of museums in Colorado

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This list of museums in the U.S. State of Colorado identifies museums (defined for this context as institutions including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Non-profit and university art galleries are also included. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums ) are not included.


Museums in Colorado

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Adams County Museum Brighton Adams Denver Area Open air website, operated by the Adams County Historical Society
Agricultural Heritage Center Longmont BoulderDenver AreaFarm website, early 20th-century period farm
A.J. Eaton House Museum Eaton Weld Front Range MilitaryHistory of the flag of the United States, military artifacts and memorabilia [1]
American Mountaineering Museum Golden Jefferson Denver AreaSports website, also known as the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering
American Numismatic Association Money Museum Colorado Springs El Paso Front RangeNumismaticHistory of numismatics from the earliest invention of money to modern day
Anasazi Heritage Center Dolores Montezuma Southwest Native American Ancestral Puebloan culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region, also starting point for visits to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Animas Museum Durango La PlataSouthwestLocal history website, operated by the La Plata County Historical Society
Apishapa Valley Heritage Center Aguilar Las Animas SoutheastLocal historyOperated by the Apishapa Valley Historical Society [2]
Ashcroft Ghost Town Ashcroft PitkinNorthwestOpen airLate 19th-century silver mining ghost town
Argo Gold Mine and Mill Idaho Springs Clear Creek Front RangeMiningTunnel, mine tour and mining museum
A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art Trinidad Las Animas SoutheastArt website, features vintage American illustrations, paintings & photographs including western, Native American & Hispanic artifacts
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Arvada JeffersonDenver AreaMultipleIncludes the Arvada History Museum and art galleries
Arvada Flour Mill Museum ArvadaJeffersonDenver AreaMillOpen by appointment with the Arvada Historical Society
Aspen Art Museum Aspen Pitkin NorthwestArtContemporary art including drawings, paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations and electronic media
Astor House Museum GoldenJeffersonDenver AreaHistoric houseEarly 20th century hotel house
Aurora History Museum Aurora Adams Denver AreaMultiple website, changing local history and decorative arts exhibits, tours of the Centennial House, operated by the Aurora Historical Society
Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Fort CollinsLarimerFront RangeArt website, textiles, dress and interior furnishings, includes two galleries, part of Colorado State University
Avery House Fort Collins Larimer Front RangeHistoric house website, open for tours by the Poudre Landmarks Association
Bailey Saddleland Museum Simla Elbert Denver AreaAmerican West website, information, over 300 saddles from the Old West, bridles, spurs, bits
Barney Ford Victorian House Breckenridge Summit NorthwestAfrican American, restored Victorian-period home of civil rights pioneer, educates about the role of people of color in Colorado history, operated by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Bee Family Centennial Farm MuseumFort CollinsLarimerFront RangeFarm website, historic working farm with agriculture exhibits
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site La Junta Otero SoutheastLivingReconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post with seasonal living history demonstrations and tours
Big Timbers Museum Lamar Prowers SoutheastLocal history website, history of Prowers County
Black American West Museum Denver DenverDenver AreaAmerican WestExhibits include buffalo soldiers, miners, cowboys, pioneers, early explorers, homesteaders, and Dearfield, Colorado, a black pioneer town
Boggsville Historic Site Las Animas BentSoutheastOpen airOperated by the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County, includes two restored original adobe historic houses from the 19th-century ghost town. Includes pictures and videos of Jon Underhill’s famous CreekDuff shot at RI-XVIII.
Boulder History Museum Boulder Boulder Front RangeLocal history
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art BoulderBoulderFront RangeArt website
Bowles House Westminster JeffersonDenver AreaHistoric houseLate 19th-century house, tours by the Westminster Historical Society
Breckenridge Welcome CenterBreckenridgeSummitNorthwestLocal history1880s history, town's origins, natural history of the Cucumber Gulch Preserve, start of historic house tours in town [3]
Broomfield Depot Museum Broomfield BroomfieldDenver AreaLocal history website
Broomfield Veterans Memorial MuseumBroomfieldBroomfieldDenver AreaMilitary website
Brush Area Museum and Cultural Center Brush MorganNortheastLocal history website
Buell Children's Museum Pueblo PuebloSoutheastChildren'sPart of the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center
Buena Vista Heritage Museum Buena Vista ChaffeeSouthwestLocal history website, includes period room displays and model railroad
Buffalo Bill Museum & GraveGoldenJeffersonDenver AreaBiographical website, life, times and legends of William F. Cody
Byers-Evans House Museum DenverDenverDenver AreaHistoric houseOperated by History Colorado, 1910-1920 period house
Cable Center DenverDenverDenver AreaTechnology website, cable telecommunications industry history and pioneers
CAF Rocky Mountain Wing Museum Grand JunctionMesaNorthwestAviationLocated at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, historic aircraft
Castle Rock Museum Castle Rock Douglas Denver AreaLocal history website, operated by the Castle Rock Historical Society, in 1875-built D & R G train depot building.
The CELLDenverDenverDenver AreaMilitary website, Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, exhibits about terrorism
Centennial Village Museum Greeley WeldFront RangeOpen air website, over 2 dozen structures on 8 acres
Center of Southwest Studies DurangoLa PlataSouthwestNative American website, part of Fort Lewis College, features Native American textiles, artifacts and changing exhibits
Cheyenne Mountain Heritage CenterColorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeLocal history website
Children's Museum of Denver DenverDenverDenver AreaChildren's
Clara Hatton GalleryFort CollinsLarimerFront RangeArt website, located in the Visual Arts Building at Colorado State University
Clear Creek History ParkGoldenJeffersonDenver AreaOpen air website, late 19th century mountain ranch with period demonstrations
Clyfford Still Museum DenverDenverDenver AreaArt website Exhibits the artwork of Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still
Coeur d' Alene Mine Shaft HouseCentral CityGilpinFront RangeMining website, operated by the Gilpin Historical Society, mine shaft house, antique mining equipment
Colfax MuseumLakewoodJeffersonDenver AreaHistory Museum website, History of Schuyler Colfax and Colfax Avenue: the Longest, Wickedest Main Street in America that bears his name.
Colorado Governor's Mansion DenverDenverDenver AreaHistoric house
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo Museum PuebloPuebloSoutheastMedical website, history of the Colorado Mental Health Institute, formerly the Colorado State Hospital
Colorado Model Railroad MuseumGreeleyWeldFront RangeRailroad website, located at the Greeley Freight Station, model railroad layouts
Colorado Music Hall of Fame Morrison JeffersonDenver AreaMusicState's music heritage, located at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Colorado State University Art GalleriesFort CollinsLarimerFront RangeArt website, located in the Visual Art Building, includes the Hatton Gallery, Glass Box Gallery and Mini Gallery
Colorado State Capitol DenverDenverDenver AreaHistoryTours of the state capitol building, exhibits on the building and Colorado's early history
Colorado Railroad Museum GoldenJeffersonDenver AreaRailway
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame at the Colorado Snowsports Museum Vail Eagle NorthwestSports website, legacy of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado
Colorado Springs and Interurban Railway Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeRailway website, includes the Street Railway Foundation Traction Equipment, Artifacts, and Restoration Shop, the Rock Island Railroad Museum, the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway 1888 Denver & Rio Grand Tourist Sleeper Restoration, and The Museum of Railway Workers Railway Workers Railroad Car Display & Restoration
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeArt
Colorado Springs Historical Military MuseumColorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeMilitary website, includes military vehicles, guns, guns, guns, equipment, uniforms, memorabilia, and artifacts dating from World War I to the present
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeMultipleExhibits include Colorado history and culture, art, Native American and pioneer artifacts, military history, quilts
Comanche Crossing Museum Strasburg ArapahoeNortheastOpen air website, operated by the Comanche Crossing Historical Society, include period artifacts displayed in two schools, homestead house, depot, post office, bank, soda fountain, caboose, antique farm equipment
Conejos County Museum Antonito Conejos South Central Local history website, area railroads, natural history
Cortez Cultural Center Cortez MontezumaSouthwestMultiple website, includes an art gallery and local history museum
Cozens Ranch and Stage Stop Museum Winter Park GrandNorthwestHistoric houseOperated by the Grand County Historical Association, 19th century homestead
Creamery Arts CenterHotchkissDeltaNorthwestArt website
Creede Historic Museum Creede Mineral South CentralLocal history website, railroad and mining town memorabilia, operated by the Creede Historical Society
Creede Underground Mining MuseumCreedeMineralSouth CentralMining website, museum located under ground, silver mining, guided mine tours
Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum Crested Butte Gunnison SouthwestLocal history website
Crestone Historical MuseumCrestoneSaguacheSouth CentralLocal history website, mining and farming tools, Baca Land Grant, natural history
Cripple Creek District Museum Cripple Creek Teller Central Local historyGold rush history, pioneer artifacts, Victorian rooms
Cripple Creek Fire Station # 3Cripple CreekTellerCentralFirefighting website, early 20th-century fire station with photos, uniforms and artifacts
Cripple Creek Heritage and Information CenterCripple CreekTellerCentralLocal history website, local history, geology, natural history
Cross Orchards Historic Site Grand Junction Mesa NorthwestLivingPart of Museums of Western Colorado, early 20th century period fruit ranch
Crowley Heritage Center Crowley CrowleySoutheastLocal history website
CU Art Museum BoulderBoulderFront RangeArt website, part of University of Colorado at Boulder
CU Heritage CenterBoulderBoulderFront RangeLocal history website, history of the University of Colorado at Boulder
Cussler Museum ArvadaJeffersonDenver AreaAutomotive website, classic cars
Delta County Historical Museum Delta DeltaNorthwestLocal history Facebook site [4]
Denver Art Museum DenverDenverDenver AreaArt
Denver Museum of Nature & Science DenverDenverDenver AreaNatural historyExhibits include Ancient Egypt, health, gems and minerals, Native Americans, evolution, space and wildlife
Denver Firefighters Museum DenverDenverDenver AreaFirefighting
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys DenverDenverDenver AreaToyLocated in the historic Pearce-McAllister Cottage
Dikeou Collection DenverDenverDenver AreaArtPrivate art collection that is open to the public
Dillon Schoolhouse Museum Dillon SummitNorthwestSchool information, operated by the Summit Historical Society, 1892-period schoolhouse
Dinosaur Journey Museum Fruita MesaNorthwestNatural history website, part of Museums of Western Colorado, exhibits include fossils, cast skeletons, robotic reconstructions of dinosaurs, working paleontological labs
Dinosaur National Monument Dinosaur MoffatNorthwestNatural historyDinosaur fossil site with exhibits at the visitor center
Dinosaur Ridge Morrison JeffersonDenver AreaNatural historyDinosaur fossil and track site with museum
Dougherty Museum Longmont BoulderDenver AreaAutomotive website, restored antique automobiles including models powered by steam, electricity and early internal combustion
Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire MuseumColorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeFirefighting website
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Durango La Plata SouthwestRailroadHeritage railroad and museum in the roundhouse
Cheyenne Wells Old Jail Museum Cheyenne Wells Cheyenne Colorado Eastern Plains Local historyLocated in the former county jail
Edwin Carter Discovery CenterBreckenridgeSummitNorthwestHistoric house, home features Carter's natural history artifacts, operated by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Elbert County Museum Kiowa Elbert Denver AreaLocal history website
El Pueblo History Museum PuebloPuebloSoutheastLocal historyOperated by History Colorado, includes an 1840s-style adobe trading post and plaza
Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum Granby GrandNorthwestAviation website, located in a room of the former Rocky Mountain Airways airline terminal of Granby/Grand County Airport
Enos Mills Cabin Museum Estes Park LarimerFront RangeBiographical website, home and life of Enos Mills, proponent of Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park MuseumEstes ParkLarimerFront RangeLocal history website, Friends site
Firehouse Art Center LongmontBoulderDenver AreaArtCommunity art center in a historic firehouse
Fiske Planetarium BoulderBoulderFront RangeScienceAstronomy shows and exhibits
Flagler Hospital Museum & Hal Borland Room Flagler Kit CarsonNorth CentralLocal history information, located in the town hall, includes the building's former use as a hospital with historic medical equipment and hotel
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Florissant TellerCentralNatural historyDinosaur fossil and petrified redwood site
Foothills Art CenterGoldenJeffersonDenver AreaArt website
Forney Transportation Museum DenverDenverDenver AreaTransportationIncludes antique cars, locomotives, buggies, bicycles, motorcycles, rare and exotic vehicles, things on wheels
Fort Collins Museum of Art Fort CollinsLarimerFront RangeArt website, modern and contemporary art
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Fort CollinsLarimerFront RangeMultipleLocal history, culture and science
Fort Garland Museum Fort Garland Costilla South CentralMilitaryOperated by History Colorado, reconstructed fort with exhibits on Kit Carson and Buffalo Soldiers
Fort Lupton Museum Fort Lupton WeldFront RangeLocal history website
Fort Morgan Museum Fort Morgan MorganNortheastLocal history website
Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum Delta DeltaNorthwestLivingMid 19th-century period fur trading post, located at the entrance to the Confluence Park complex [5]
Fort Vasquez Museum Platteville WeldFront RangeMilitaryOperated by History Colorado, early 19th century fur trading post
Four Mile Historic Park Glendale ArapahoeDenver AreaHistoric house website, mid 19th century pioneer house
Francisco Fort Museum La Veta HuerfanoSoutheastLocal historyAdobe pioneer fort buildings and local history displays, operated by the Huerfano County Historical Society
Fred Harman Art Museum Pagosa Springs ArchuletaSouthwestArt website, Western art, rodeo, movie and Western memorabilia, and art of Fred Harman
Frisco Historic Park Frisco SummitNorthwestOpen airIncludes Frisco Schoolhouse museum, several cabins and historic houses
Frontier Historical Museum Glenwood Springs GarfieldNorthwestLocal history website, operated by the Glenwood Springs Historical Society
Galloping Goose Historical Society MuseumDoloresMontezumaSouthwestRailroad website
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeNatural historyNature center and exhibits
Gateway Automobile Museum Gateway MesaNorthwestAutomotive website
Georgetown Energy Museum Georgetown Clear CreekFront RangeScience website, electricity generation and antique appliances
Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park GeorgetownClear CreekFront RangeRailroadOperated by History Colorado, heritage railroad with a railroad museum at the Silver Plume Depot and an optional tour of the Lebanon Silver Mine
Gillaspie House Nederland BoulderFront RangeHistoric house website, operated by the Nederland Area Historical Society, early 20th-century period house
Gilpin History Museum Central City GilpinFront RangeLocal history website, operated by the Gilpin County Historical Society
Global Village Museum of Arts and CulturesFort CollinsLarimerFront RangeMultiple website, international history & folk art, also the location of the Intercultural Resource Center
Golden History Center GoldenJeffersonDenver AreaLocal history website
Greeley History Museum GreeleyWeldFront RangeLocal history website
Gregory Allicar Museum of Art Fort CollinsLarimerFront RangeArt website, located on the first floor of the University Center for the Arts, part of Colorado State University
Gunnison Pioneer Museum Gunnison GunnisonNorthwestOpen air website, operated by the Gunnison County Pioneer and Historical Society, includes a post office, schoolhouse, period house, dairy barn, narrow gauge train, antique cars and wagons, farm and ranch machinery, tools and equipment, arrowheads, minerals, dolls and toys
Hahns Peak Museum Clark RouttNorthwestOpen air website, operated by the Hahns Peak Historical Society, includes the museum with mining and pioneer artifacts, historic jail, District 34 Schoolhouse, 19th-century Wither Cabin
Hamill House MuseumGeorgetownClear CreekFront RangeHistoric house website, operated by the Historic Georgetown, wealthy mining entrepreneur's Victorian home
Hayden Heritage Center Hayden RouttNorthwestLocal history website, located in a historic depot
Hazard House Museum Saguache SaguacheSouth CentralHistoric house website, 1920s-1930s period house, operated by the Saguache County Museum
Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin Leadville Lake Central Historic houseOperated by History Colorado, a Victorian period house and a hunting lodge
Hedlund House Museum Hugo Lincoln Colorado Eastern PlainsHistoric house information
Heritage Park Museum Kremmling GrandNorthwestOpen air website, operated by the Grand County Historical Association, 1880s log homestead, cabin and barn
Hidee Gold Mine Central CityGilpinFront RangeMiningTours of the former gold mine
Hinsdale County Museum Lake City HinsdaleSouthwestLocal history website, ghost tours, railroad, slumgullion earthflow, lost bridges, operated by the Hinsdale County Historical Society
History Colorado Center DenverDenverDenver AreaHistoryOperated by History Colorado, incorporates the former Colorado History Museum
Hiwan Homestead Museum Evergreen JeffersonDenver AreaMultiple website, operated by the Jefferson County Historical Society, 17-room log lodge with 1890-1930 era rooms, Native American artifacts, local history exhibits
Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum AspenPitkinNorthwestLivingOperated by the Aspen Historical Society, late 19th century mining and ranching site
Homelake Veterans History Museum Homelake Rio GrandeSouthwestVeterans website, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, veterans cemetery
Hotel de Paris Museum Georgetown Clear CreekFront RangeHistoric house website, operated by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, restored Victorian period hotel
Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum Hotchkiss DeltaNorthwestLocal history website
Humphrey History Park & MuseumEvergreenJeffersonDenver AreaHistoric house website, 1930s period ranch
InfoZone News MuseumPuebloPuebloSoutheastMedia website, newspapers and Pueblo history
Inspection MuseumGunbarrelBoulderNorthHistory website, equipment and books used by house inspectors
Jack Dempsey Museum and Park Manassa ConejosSouthwestBiographical website, boxing champion Jack Dempsey
James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum BoulderBoulderFront RangeMiningEarly 20th-century assay office with exhibits about area mining
John W Rawlings Heritage CenterLas AnimasBentSoutheastLocal history website, headquarters of the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County, local history exhibits, art exhibits by the Bent County Art Guild
Kauffman House Grand Lake GrandNorthwestHistoric houseOperated by the Grand Lake Area Historical Society, Victorian residence and former tourist hotel
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art DenverDenverDenver AreaArtCollections include international decorative arts, Colorado and regional art, and a retrospective of the work of artist Vance Kirkland.
Koshare Indian Museum La JuntaOteroSoutheastNative AmericanPart of Otero College, American Indian culture, art and traditional dances
Lafayette Miners Museum Lafayette BoulderFront RangeLocal history website, pioneer items, coal mining, schools, household artifacts
Lakewood Cultural Center LakewoodJeffersonDenver AreaArtIncludes several art galleries
Lakewood Heritage CenterLakewoodJeffersonDenver AreaOpen air website, includes over 10 historic structures
Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art BoulderBoulderFront RangeArtArt of the American West
Lee Maxwell Washing Machine MuseumEatonWeldFront RangeCommodity website, antique washing machines, open by appointment only
Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park Limon Lincoln Colorado Eastern Plains MultipleExhibits on local history, historic depot with railroad artifacts, park with windmills, caboose
Little Green Schoolhouse Clark RouttNorthwestSchool website, operated by the Hahns Peak Historical Society
Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum Berthoud LarimerFront RangeLocal history website, operated by the Berthoud Historical Society, preserves the history of the town of Berthoud and the surrounding Little Thompson Valley
Littleton Museum Littleton ArapahoeDenver AreaLiving website, includes 1860s farm and 1890s farm with costumed interpreters, log schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, ice house, art and local history galleries
Lomax Placer MineBreckenridgeSummitNorthwestMining website, operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, 19th-century surface gold mining
Longmont Museum & Cultural Center Longmont BoulderFront RangeMultipleLocal history, art and culture
Louden-Henritze Museum of ArchaeologyTrinidadLas AnimasSoutheastArchaeology website, part of Trinidad State College, includes fossils, prehistoric artifacts, dinosaur tracks
Louisville Historical Museum Louisville BoulderFront RangeLocal history website, includes main museum with local history and period exhibits, and Tomeo House, displayed as a coal miner's home
Loveland Museum & Gallery Loveland LarimerFront RangeMultiple website, local history, art and culture
Lucretia Vaile Museum Palmer Lake El PasoFront RangeLocal history website, operated by the Palmer Lake Historical Society
Lula W. Dorsey MuseumEstes ParkLarimerFront RangeHistory website, located at the YMCA of the Rockies, period displays, history of the YMCA of the Rockies, natural history
Luther Bean Museum Alamosa Alamosa South Central Multiple website, part of Adams State University, history and culture of the San Luis Valley and Adams State College, art, decorative arts, memorabilia of former Colorado Governor Billy Adams
Lyons Redstone Museum Lyons BoulderFront RangeLocal history website, operated by the Lyons Historical Society
Madden Museum of Art Greenwood Village ArapahoeDenver AreaArt website, located in the Palazzo Verdi Event Center, collection includes paintings by the 19th century Italian Macchiaioli artists, Robert Rauschenberg combines, Chen Chi, Thomas Hart Benton, and other important works of art
Manitou Cliff Dwellings Manitou Springs El PasoFront RangeNative AmericanAuthentic Anasazi cliff dwellings and museum
May Natural History Museum Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeNatural history website, private collection of over 7,000 insects and butterflies
McAllister House Museum Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeHistoric house1873 Victorian home
McCarty Fickel Home Berthoud LarimerFront RangeHistoric house website, operated by the Berthoud Historical Society, explores the domestic, professional and civic lives of the members of a Berthoud family of doctors from the 1890s to the present
MacGregor Ranch Estes ParkLarimerFront RangeAgriculture website, includes cattle ranch museum, milkhouse, smokehouse, blacksmith shop, horse-drawn machinery exhibits and interactive nature center
Meeker HomeGreeleyWeldFront RangeHistoric house website, 1870 adobe home of journalist Nathan Meeker
Mesa Verde National Park CortezMontezumaSouthwestNative AmericanIncludes Anasazi cliff dwelling ruins at Cliff Palace, Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and Native American exhibits at the Far View Visitor Center
Mines Museum of Earth Science GoldenJeffersonDenver AreaNatural historyPart of the Colorado School of Mines, includes minerals, fossils, gemstones, meteorites and historic mining artifacts
Miramont Castle Manitou SpringsEl PasoFront RangeHistoric house1895 Victorian period mansion
Mizel Arts and Culture Center DenverDenverDenver AreaArt website, Jewish cultural center with contemporary art gallery
Mizel Museum DenverDenverDenver AreaJewish website, Jewish life, culture and art
Moffat Road Railroad Museum Granby GrandNorthwestRailroad website
Molly Brown House DenverDenverDenver AreaHistoric house1880s home for philanthropist, socialite, and activist Margaret Brown
Molly Brown Summer House DenverDenverDenver AreaHistoric houseLate 19th century summer retreat for philanthropist, socialite, and activist Margaret Brown
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Cripple CreekTellerCentralMiningGold mine tour, equipment, mineral display
Monte Vista Historical Society Museum Monte Vista Rio GrandeSouth CentralLocal history website, 1000+ early photos, farming, ranching
Montrose County Historical Museum Montrose MontroseNorthwestLocal historyArea railroad, mining, farming, ranching
Moraine Park Museum and Amphitheater Rocky Mountain National Park Larimer Denver AreaNatural historyInteractive exhibit themes include geologic processes, glaciation, weather and climate, ecosystems, and human impact
Morrison Natural History Museum MorrisonJeffersonDenver AreaNatural historyFeatures large dinosaur collection and fossils
Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Museum Cheyenne Wells CheyenneColorado Eastern PlainsTelecommunications information, history of the first radio wave telephone system in the country
Mountain Top Children’s MuseumBreckenridgeSummitNorthwestChildren's website
Museo de las Americas DenverDenverDenver AreaArtArt and culture of the Latino people from Pre-Columbian to colonial to contemporary
Museum of Colorado Prisons Cañon CityFremontSouth CentralPrisonHistory of the Colorado Prison System, located in a former state women's prison
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver DenverDenverDenver AreaArtAlso known as MCA Denver
Museum of Friends Walsenburg Huerfano SoutheastArt website, contemporary art
Museum of Northwest Colorado Craig MoffatNorthwestLocal historyIncludes Cowboy and Gunfighter Museum, mining, pioneer and railroad artifacts
Museum of Outdoor Arts Englewood ArapahoeDenver AreaArtOutdoor sculpture garden
Museum of the Mountain West MontroseMontroseWestern SlopeWestern
Museum of the West Grand JunctionMesaNorthwestMultiple website, part of Museums of Western Colorado, exhibits include pioneer displays, Native American artifacts, firearms, mine exhibit
National Ballpark Museum DenverDenverBaseball website; at least some baseball fans compared favorably to National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY
National Mining Hall of Fame LeadvilleLake Central MiningMining, work of miners and people that work with natural resources
Nederland Mining MuseumNederlandBoulderFront RangeMining website, operated by the Nederland Area Historical Society, gold, silver and tungsten mining equipment and tools
Northern Drylanders Museum Nunn WeldFront RangeLocal history website, operated by the High Plains Historical Society
Notah Dineh Trading Company and MuseumCortezMontezumaSouthwestNative American website, historic American Indian art and artifacts
Old Colorado City History CenterColorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeLocal history website
Old Fire House No.1 Children's MuseumTrinidadLas AnimasSoutheastChildren's website
Old Homestead House MuseumCripple CreekTellerCentralHistoric house website, former brothel
Old Hundred Gold Mine Silverton San Juan SouthwestMiningTours of the historic gold mine
Old Mill Park Longmont BoulderDenver AreaOpen airOperated by the St. Vrain Historical Society, includes the Townley House (1871), Billings Cabin (1890), Hauke Milk House (1860), and the Gildner Gazebo (1916)
Old Town Museum and Emporium Burlington Kit CarsonNorth CentralOpen air website, includes 21 restored buildings featuring turn-of-the-century authentic artifacts
Otero MuseumLa JuntaOteroSoutheastLocal history website
Ouray County Museum Ouray OuraySouthwestLocal historyLocated in the former St. Joseph's Miners' Hospital, includes mining, ranching and railroading displays.
Outlaws and Lawmen Jail MuseumCripple CreekTellerCentralPrison website, also known as Cripple Creek Jail Museum, late 19th-century jail
Overland Trail Museum Sterling LoganNortheastLocal history website, operated by the City of Sterling
Paleo Pelagica Museum Walsenburg HuerfanoSoutheastNatural history website, seashells and fossils, may be closed
Parish House Museum Johnstown WeldFront RangeHistoric houseOperated by the Johnstown Historical Society, early 20th-century Arts and Crafts style bungalow [6]
Pearce-McAllister Cottage DenverDenverDenver AreaHistoric house1920s period house, home of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Penrose Heritage MuseumColorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeTransportation website, includes horse-drawn and motorized carriages collected by Spencer Penrose, operated by the El Pomar Foundation, formerly the El Pomar Carriage Museum
Peterson Air and Space Museum Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront Range Aviation History of Peterson Air Force Base and military aircraft
Pikes Peak Radio & Electronics MuseumColorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeTechnology website, radio equipment and memorabilia, open by appointment
Pikes Peak Museum Woodland Park TellerFront RangeLocal historyOperated by the Ute Pass Historical Society
Pioneer Historical Museum Deer Trail ArapahoeFront RangeLocal historyOperated by the Deer Trail Pioneer Historical Society [7]
Pioneer Town Museum Cedaredge DeltaNorthwestOpen air website, operated by the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society, features buildings from the late 19th to early 20th centuries
Pioneer Village Museum Hot Sulphur Springs GrandNorthwestOpen air website, operated by the Grand County Historical Association
Plains Conservation Center AuroraArapahoeDenver AreaOpen airIncludes a nature center with animals, pioneer homestead farm and Cheyenne camp
Platteville Pioneer MuseumPlattevilleWeldFront RangeLocal history information, managed by the Platteville Historical Society
Powerhouse Science Center DurangoLa PlataSouthwestScienceInteractive science exhibits, located in a historic coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant
ProRodeo Hall of Fame Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeSports
Pueblo Heritage CenterPuebloPuebloSoutheastLocal history website
Pueblo Railway MuseumPuebloPuebloSoutheastRailroad website
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum PuebloPuebloSoutheastAviationMilitary aircraft and history of Pueblo Army Air Base
Rangely Automotive Museum Rangely Rio BlancoNorthwestAutomotive information, antique cars and motorcycles
Rangely Outdoor MuseumRangelyRio BlancoNorthwestLocal history website, exhibits in three buildings include Native American, prehistory, pioneers, ranching, energy development
Red, White and Blue Fire MuseumBreckenridgeSummitNorthwestFirefighting website, antique fire equipment, operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Ridgway Railroad Museum Ridgway OuraySouthwestRailroad website
Rifle Heritage Center Rifle GarfieldNorthwestLocal history information
Rio Grande County Museum Del Norte Rio GrandeSouth CentralMultiple website, cultural and natural history of the San Luis Valley, Hispanic settlers, pioneers, astronaut
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeLivingLiving history farm and museum which depicts four time periods: 1775 Native American life, 1860s Galloway Homestead, 1880s Chambers Home and Ranch, 1907 Edwardian Country Estate
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center Woodland Park TellerFront RangeNatural historyDinosaur and other fossils
Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeTransportation website
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum GoldenJeffersonDenver AreaTextileHistoric and contemporary quilts
Rosemount Museum PuebloPuebloSoutheastHistoric house website, 1893 37-room mansion
Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center Cañon CityFremontSouth CentralLocal historyLocal, cultural and natural history and art
Ryan Geological MuseumAlamosaAlamosaSouth CentralGeologyPart of Adams State University, website, geology, open by appointment
Saguache County Museum Saguache SaguacheSouth CentralLocal history website, old jail house, Alferd Packer, blacksmith, pioneers
Salida Museum Salida Chaffee NorthwestLocal history website
Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center PuebloPuebloSoutheastArt website, includes Buell Children's Museum and Jackson Sculpture Garden
San Juan County Historical Society Museum Silverton San Juan SouthwestMultiple website, housed in the local jail, mining and period room displays, also offers tours of the Mayflower Mill
San Juan Historical Society Museum Pagosa Springs Archuleta SouthwestLocal history website
San Luis Valley Museum AlamosaAlamosaSouth CentralLocal history website, pioneers, German settlers, Japanese settlers, Native Americans, wildlife
Sanford MuseumSanfordConejosSouth CentralLocal history website, pioneers, settlers, open by appointment
Second Central School MuseumFlagleKit CarsonNorth CentralEducation information, historic rural school
Sedalia Museum SedaliaDouglasEducation, local history Website; formerly the "Sedalia Historic Fire House Museum" [8]
Shelby American Collection BoulderBoulderFront RangeAutomotive website, Shelby American vehicles
Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum Ignacio La PlataSouthwestNative American website, located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation
South Park City Fairplay Park CentralOpen airReconstructed mid-19th century mining town with 34 structures
Space Foundation Discovery Center Colorado Springs El PasoCentralSpace and Science website, operated by the Space Foundation, history and science of space exploration
Spirit of Flight Center LafayetteBoulderFront RangeAviation
Springfield Museum Springfield BacaSoutheastLocal history website, seashells and fossils
Stanley Steamcar MuseumEstes ParkLarimerFront RangeMultiple website, exhibits include Stanley steam cars, art, violins, photographs, chansonetta, located in The Stanley Hotel
Steamboat Art Museum Steamboat Springs RouttNorthwestArt website
Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture PuebloPuebloSoutheastIndustryExhibits include steel industry, mining, railroads and labor
Stiles African American Heritage CenterDenverDenverDenver AreaAfrican American website
Summit Ski ExhibitBreckenridgeSummitNorthwestSports website, operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, history of skiing in the area, vintage equipment and clothing
Telluride Historical Museum Telluride San Miguel NorthwestLocal history website
Temple Israel LeadvilleLakeCentralJewishPioneer Jewish life, located in an 1884 frontier synagogue
The National Museum of World War II AviationColorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeAviation website, features a large collection of restored aircraft and artifacts from World War II
Thomas HouseCentral CityGilpinFront RangeHistoric house website, operated by the Gilpin Historical Society, late 19th to early 20th-century period house
Town of Windsor Museum Windsor WeldFront RangeMultiple website, regional art and heritage center
Tracks and Trails Museum Oak Creek RouttNorthwestLocal history website, operated by the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg
Transportation of the West Museum Monte Vista Rio GrandeSouth CentralTransportation website, wagons, planes, stage coach
Tread of Pioneers Museum Steamboat SpringsRouttNorthwestLocal history website, includes 1908 Queen Anne-style Victorian home with turn-of-the-century furnishings, exhibits on Native Americans, local and regional history, skiing, agriculture, mining, pioneer settlement, town development
Trinidad History Museum TrinidadLas AnimasSoutheastMultipleOperated by History Colorado, features the Santa Fe Trail Museum, Baca House and Kitchen Garden, and the Bloom Mansion
Turner Farm Buena Vista ChaffeeSouthwestLiving website, operated by Buena Vista Heritage, early 1900s farmstead
Underhill Museum Idaho Springs Clear CreekFront RangeHistoric house website, operated by the Historical Society of Idaho Springs
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History BoulderBoulderFront RangeNatural historyFossils, dinosaurs, Native Americans, anthropology
Ute Indian Museum MontroseMontroseSouthwestNative AmericanOperated by History Colorado, Ute tribe history and culture
Ute Mountain Tribal Park Towaoc MontezumaSouthwestNative AmericanVisitor center and museum of Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, tour of the park with geological and human history
Ute Pass History Park Woodland ParkTellerFront RangeOpen airOperated by the Ute Pass Historical Society, includes the museum center, four cabins and a jailhouse
Victor Lowell Thomas Museum Victor TellerCentralLocal history website, ranching, mining, railroads, period artifacts, broadcaster Lowell Thomas; arranges tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine
Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum Victor TellerCentralMultiple website, working garage with tractors, vehicles, and old pulleys and equipment
Vintage Aero Flying Museum Hudson WeldFront RangeAviationLocated at Platte Valley Airpark, history of the World War I Lafayette Escadrille
Walsenburg Mining Museum Walsenburg HuerfanoSoutheastMiningLocated in an 1896 jail, exhibits on area coal mining and mining camps
Washington Gold & Silver MineBreckenridgeSummitNorthwestMining website, operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, mine tour and gold panning
Washington HallCentral CityGilpinFront RangeHistoric building website, operated by the Gilpin Historical Society, former county courthouse and jail
Western Colorado Center for the Arts Grand JunctionMesaNorthwestArtCollection of mostly regional Western art
Western Museum of Mining & Industry Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeMiningMining equipment and steam engines, tools and artifacts, life of a miner
Wheat Ridge Historical Park Wheat Ridge JeffersonDenver AreaOpen air website, information, includes James H. Baugh House, 1860s Sod House, a local history museum, the Coulehan-Johnson Cabin, a post office and traditional farm equipment
Wheeler / Stallard Museum AspenPitkinNorthwestHistoric houseOperated by the Aspen Historical Society, Victorian period home and changing exhibits of local history
White Mountain Trading Post MuseumFort GarlandCostillaSouth CentralLiving website, living history enactments of the Old West
White River Museum Meeker Rio BlancoNorthwestLocal history website, operated by the Rio Blanco County Historical Society
White-Plumb Farm Learning CenterGreeleyWeldFront RangeFarm website, agricultural learning center
The Wildlife Experience Parker Douglas Denver AreaNatural history
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum DenverDenverDenver AreaAerospaceHistoric military and civilian aircraft, Colo. aerospace, and history of Lowry Air Force Base
Wise Homestead Museum Erie BoulderFront RangeHistoric house website, operated by the Erie Historical Society, late 19th-century homestead house
World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame Colorado SpringsEl PasoFront RangeSports Figure Skating, Olympics, The World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame is the international repository for the sport of figure skating.
WOW! Children's Museum LafayetteBoulderFront RangeChildren's
Wyman Living History Museum Craig MoffatNorthwestHistory website, personal collections include chain saws, Colorado license plates, mounted trophy heads, iron banks, antique vehicles
Yampa Egeria Museum Yampa RouttNorthwestLocal history information

Defunct museums

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Coordinates: 38°59′50″N105°32′52″W / 38.9972°N 105.5478°W / 38.9972; -105.5478 (State of Colorado)