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History Colorado Center

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The History Colorado Center's hands-on and high-tech exhibits take you back in time, connecting what was to what's next. They're unexpected, thought-provoking and relevant. And most of all, fun!

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  • Hours: Open daily: 10am-5pm
  • Miles to airport: 24
  • Blocks to CCC: 5
  • Miles to CCC: 1.2
  • Indoor Fire Code: 4000
  • Total Capacity (if applicable): 2094
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Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Total Sq. Ft. 17000
  • Catering In-house or preferred list
  • Type of Venue Gallery/Museum
  • Type of Event Reception, Banquet, Meeting Theatre , Tradeshow/Expo, Meeting Classroom
  • Number of Rooms 7
Lobby
  • Reception Capacity: 300
Classroom A
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 582
  • Theater Capacity: 48
  • Classroom Capacity: 35
  • Banquet Capacity: 35
  • Reception Capacity: 48
Classroom B
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 582
  • Theater Capacity: 48
  • Classroom Capacity: 35
  • Banquet Capacity: 35
  • Reception Capacity: 48
Classroom C
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 582
  • Theater Capacity: 48
  • Classroom Capacity: 35
  • Banquet Capacity: 35
  • Reception Capacity: 48
Classroom A & B (combo)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1084
  • Theater Capacity: 72
  • Classroom Capacity: 48
  • Banquet Capacity: 48
  • Reception Capacity: 72
The Lanny and Sharon Martin Foundation Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1980
  • Theater Capacity: 120
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 120
  • Reception Capacity: 134
Main Floor Auditorium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 4353
  • Theater Capacity: 384
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 384
Anschutz Hamilton Hall
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 7289
  • Theater Capacity: 400
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 400
  • Reception Capacity: 532
MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation Terrace Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 4846
  • Theater Capacity: 200
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 244
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Terrace
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1713
  • Banquet Capacity: 128
  • Reception Capacity: 128

Events

Backstory: Western American Art in Context
Mar 18, 2017 - Feb 11, 2018

  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Image General Admission

The exhibition is a masterful pairing of world class art and unique artifacts. Visitors will be captivated by the beauty, wonder and rich stories waiting to be uncovered.

Backstory: Western American Art in Context <p>The exhibition is a masterful pairing of world class art and unique artifacts. Visitors will be captivated by the beauty, wonder and rich stories waiting to be uncovered.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $750 - $825

Names like Aspen and Vail invariably conjure images of skiing, but there’s so much more to our Colorado mountain towns than that. It’s time to see what blooms when the snow is gone, with views to warm the heart like a summertime breeze....

Green Glory: Our Summertime Ski Towns <p>Names like Aspen and Vail invariably conjure images of skiing, but there’s so much more to our Colorado mountain towns than that. It’s time to see what blooms when the snow is gone, with views to warm the heart like a summertime breeze. With museums, galleries, historic homes and glories of the natural world, you’ll find our summertime ski towns are no pale comparisons to their wintertime alter egos. Without the ski crowds, the pace will be more tranquil and the rewards as elevated as the surroundings. No goggles or snowsuit necessary!</p> <p><em>Includes three nights’ lodging, bus transportation, guides, entrance fees and three meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Image $5

How do museums determine what is worthy of collecting and saving for posterity? Many of the paintings, artifacts, and ephemera found in the collections of our nation’s museums rarely see the light of day. From these vast collections, how do...

A Selection of Masterpieces: Art from the Denver Art Museum’s Western American Art Collection <p>How do museums determine what is worthy of collecting and saving for posterity? Many of the paintings, artifacts, and ephemera found in the collections of our nation’s museums rarely see the light of day. From these vast collections, how do curators determine which works to put on display for the public? Join Jennifer R. Henneman, assistant curator for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum, as she delves into stories related to paintings and sculpture from Backstory: Western American Art in Context. Discover more about the provenance of these works as well as the forethought that went into choosing them for this exhibition.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Image $150

One might easily think Denver knew nothing but beer, given its nationally recognized festival and a long history built around that drink. Not true, so we lift our glass to those who bring forth the bounty of the vine. It’s time to visit the...

Extravagance in a Glass: Wineries of Denver <p>One might easily think Denver knew nothing but beer, given its nationally recognized festival and a long history built around that drink. Not true, so we lift our glass to those who bring forth the bounty of the vine. It’s time to visit the wineries of Denver. Though a few may garner their grapes elsewhere, all of them accomplish their craft locally. We’ll have some samples, learn about the operations and their histories, and spend a Bacchanalian kind of day. After the tour, you’ll know the best the city has and might even decide to become a sommelier. Cheers!</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, winery tours, guides and a festive lunch.</em></p> <div><em><br /></em></div> America/North_Dakota/Center

HISTORY COLORADO STORY TIME
Feb 1, 2017 - Dec 6, 2017

  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Image General Admission

Looking for activities for your toddler? Bring your 2– 5 year olds for morning story time in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys, and animals. We’ll read a story, then have playtime in the exhibit before...

HISTORY COLORADO STORY TIME <p>Looking for activities for your toddler? Bring your 2&#8211; 5 year olds for morning story time in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys, and animals. We’ll read a story, then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens.</p> <p>Story Time takes place the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30am.</p> <p>2017 dates are :</p> <p>January 4, 2017<br />February 1, 2017<br />March 1, 2017<br />April 5, 2017<br />May 3, 2017<br />June 7, 2017<br />July 5, 2017<br />August 2nd, 2017<br />September 6, 2017<br />October 4th, 2017<br />November 1, 2017<br />December 6, 2017</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $675 - $750

Travel with Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel through breathtaking canyons, meadows and valleys to Colorado’s wine country in Grand Junction. On this popular tour, we’ll visit vineyards, sample the region’s best wines and learn about the area’s...

Vintage Western: The Wineries of Grand Junction <p>Travel with Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel through breathtaking canyons, meadows and valleys to Colorado’s wine country in Grand Junction. On this popular tour, we’ll visit vineyards, sample the region’s best wines and learn about the area’s history. Though it’s drier and less populated than the Front Range, its scenery and history are every bit as memorable. The trek includes a visit to the Colorado National Monument as well as the Gateway Auto Museum, hidden away in some stunning canyonlands scenery. Won’t you join Dr. Colorado in lifting a glass? </p> <p><em>Includes all transportation via Amtrak (one way), bus and van, three nights’ lodging in Grand Junction, guides, entrance fees, winery tours and five meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> <div><em><br /></em></div> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $90 - $110

When Front Range folks look for entertainment and beauty, they invariably look west to the mountains—but there are phenomenal offerings of both in the opposite direction. It’s time for a tour of the stellar city of Sterling. Known as the...

How Sweet It Is! Art and Sugar in Sterling <p>When Front Range folks look for entertainment and beauty, they invariably look west to the mountains—but there are phenomenal offerings of both in the opposite direction. It’s time for a tour of the stellar city of Sterling. Known as the City of Living Trees for its collection of cottonwoods that have been carved into imaginative works of art, Sterling is an artistic vision on the prairie. We’ll join the city’s annual celebration, Sugar Beet Days, and even learn some fascinating history while we’re there. Head east for artistry, entertainment, history and the sweetness of sugar. Even the cottonwoods-turned-art would approve!</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, guides, admissions and a break for lunch at the festival on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center

Low Sensory Morning
Jun 17, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Image Free*

The History Colorado Center is happy to open its doors exclusively for families that prefer a lower sensory environment. The museum will be closed to the general public, attendance limited, and the sound in exhibits turned down. Come and...

Low Sensory Morning <p>The History Colorado Center is happy to open its doors exclusively for families that prefer a lower sensory environment. The museum will be closed to the general public, attendance limited, and the sound in exhibits turned down. Come and enjoy!</p> <p>Admission is free and space limited.</p> <p>*RSVP required.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $42 - $54

Once upon a time Denver had one of the largest streetcar systems in the nation. The streetcar allowed folks to begin their suburban dreams and carried generations of workers, revelers and everyone else. We’ll see where the lines ran, how...

Ghost Lines: Traveling Denver’s Streetcar Neighborhoods <p>Once upon a time Denver had one of the largest streetcar systems in the nation. The streetcar allowed folks to begin their suburban dreams and carried generations of workers, revelers and everyone else. We’ll see where the lines ran, how their presence changed the neighborhoods they served, and how whole cities were able to exist because of them. The streetcars are no more, but the signs of their legacy remain. As Denver spends billions to put some of this system back together, it’s time to pay homage to the trolleys of the past! All aboard!</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Image $5

We may know the general history of the Stetson cowboy hat, but how do we find the story connected to a particular hat from the History Colorado collection. Researching and reconnecting artifacts and stories can be a challenging task for...

Finding the Story: History Colorado’s Collections in Context <p>We may know the general history of the Stetson cowboy hat, but how do we find the story connected to a particular hat from the History Colorado collection. Researching and reconnecting artifacts and stories can be a challenging task for curators but once the connection is made, a marvelous history unfolds. From a chuckwagonat the Zapata Ranch to a Civil War drum, join Senior Curator of Artifacts Alisa DiGiacomo as she talks about the process of finding the stories behind the art and culture of western expansion through some of History Colorado's artifacts currently on display in our exhibit, Backstory: Western American Art in Context.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $42 - $54

Long before Denver was surrounded by enormous suburbs, many were just little towns focused on agriculture or mining, and some were even founded to avoid the decadence of the leviathan at their core. Over time, some of those cities would be...

Where in the World Are the Lost Cities of Denver? <p>Long before Denver was surrounded by enormous suburbs, many were just little towns focused on agriculture or mining, and some were even founded to avoid the decadence of the leviathan at their core. Over time, some of those cities would be absorbed, becoming Denver neighborhoods. Others would retain their independence even to this day, despite being small in stature. It’s time to find cities that once were and cities overshadowed by their bigger neighbors. Join us as we sleuth out the origins of places known and unknown; you won’t even need a magnifying glass for most of them.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $775 - $850

Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an exemplary tour of southern Colorado’s myriad colors from the comfort of a pair of historic trains. Our first jaunt is aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for a trip to Alamosa in the heart of the San...

Tracking Autumn’s Glory: San Luis Valley by Rail <p><span>Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an exemplary tour of southern Colorado’s myriad colors from the comfort of a pair of historic trains. Our first jaunt is aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for a trip to Alamosa in the heart of the San Luis Valley. Next, we’re bound for the Cumbres &amp; Toltec Scenic Railroad, the country’s longest and highest steam narrow gauge excursion. On both, we’ll have the chance to enjoy autumn’s displays of color. Other highlights include the home of the Manassa Mauler and the winding course of the Rio Grande on its way to New Mexico.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Includes three nights’ lodging, bus and train transportation, guides, entrance fees and five meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $64 - $80

Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an annual tradition of exploring Denver’s ethnic heritage. Mother Cabrini said that the people of the West looked upon Italians as “ingenious machines for work,” referring to their often abysmal treatment....

La Vita Italiana: The Story of Denver’s Italians <p>Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an annual tradition of exploring Denver’s ethnic heritage. Mother Cabrini said that the people of the West looked upon Italians as “ingenious machines for work,” referring to their often abysmal treatment. For all that, the Italians would forever change the area, from foods grown in the Platte River Bottoms and hauled to the Denargo Market for the city’s homes and restaurants, to the underworld currents of mobs and divine strife. Though Denver’s Italian neighborhoods no longer host the sons of Roma and Sicilia exclusively, the spices of countless stories are there to be savored.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, one drink ticket, a light lunch, guides and interpretation.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $34 - $45

The music lover in you has been waiting all year for it, and here it is at last: our 8th Annual Organ Crawl! This year we’ll return to the heart of Denver to visit some of the architectural wonders of yesteryear. Within these massive...

History Colorado’s 8th Annual Organ Crawl <p>The music lover in you has been waiting all year for it, and here it is at last: our 8th Annual Organ Crawl! This year we’ll return to the heart of Denver to visit some of the architectural wonders of yesteryear. Within these massive edifices, beautiful instruments are certain to take your breath away, even as they fill your ears and mind with musical joy. With a stop at Central Presbyterian Church and its own “hall of history,” we’ll stroll from site to site— admiring architecture and artistry on this aural extravaganza. Bach would approve!</p> <p><em>Provide your own transportation to starting point.</em></p> <div><em><br /></em></div> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $34 - $50

Voltaire, the great French historian, once defined history as “a trick we play on the dead.” Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and a cast of star CU-Denver students will explore that idea with a walking tour of Colorado’s biggest boneyard. Come and...

History Colorado’s 29th Annual Cemetery Crawl <p>Voltaire, the great French historian, once defined history as “a trick we play on the dead.” Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and a cast of star CU-Denver students will explore that idea with a walking tour of Colorado’s biggest boneyard. Come and meet the unusually lively occupants of subterranean dwellings. Students will portray notable occupants, from mayors to madams, including the good (Dr. Justina Ford), the bad (Grand Dragon John Galen Locke) and the ugly (John Chivington). It’s time to dig into some history!</p> <p><em>Provide your own transportation to starting point. Tombside taxi service provided by the Model A Ford Club of Colorado, weather permitting.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 3611 Chestnut Pl., Denver, CO 80216
  • Image $42 - $54

It’s natural for neighborhoods to go through changes over time. Prosperous areas fall on hard times, perhaps to be discovered and reimagined anew. Few of Denver’s neighborhoods epitomize this like River North, nicknamed “RiNo.” Once...

Wonderful RiNo: Denver’s River North by Bus <p>It’s natural for neighborhoods to go through changes over time. Prosperous areas fall on hard times, perhaps to be discovered and reimagined anew. Few of Denver’s neighborhoods epitomize this like River North, nicknamed “RiNo.” Once industrial, then peopled by artists and empty spaces, today this trendy spot close to downtown has energy bursting from its seams, with epic changes in store. Join us as we explore RiNo by foot and by bus, learning what once was, what’s been lost and what’s coming up for downtown’s rhinoceros next door.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $52 - $64

Once confusingly divided into four separate counties, Broomfield has followed Denver’s century-old example, becoming a city and county of its own. Strategically located between the hubs of Denver and Boulder, Broomfield is charting an...

Museum Sampler: Broomfield by Bus <p>Once confusingly divided into four separate counties, Broomfield has followed Denver’s century-old example, becoming a city and county of its own. Strategically located between the hubs of Denver and Boulder, Broomfield is charting an energized course—proudly showing off its historical legacies while creating an attractive and modern city for those who call it home. We’ll explore the city and visit two of its most iconic offerings: the Depot Museum and the Veterans Museum. After we point out some other hotspots along the way, you’ll soon be heading back to Broomfield.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, admissions and box lunch.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $59 - $75

You may have crossed it, perhaps even driven along it, but now it’s time to hear the stories of one of our original downtown streets: Wazee. Join historian Bill Convery to discover the history of its name and learn about western shirts,...

Cocoa on Historic Wazee Street <p>You may have crossed it, perhaps even driven along it, but now it’s time to hear the stories of one of our original downtown streets: Wazee. Join historian Bill Convery to discover the history of its name and learn about western shirts, supper clubs and even viaducts lost to the ravages of modernization. Discussing icons such as the Oxford Hotel and Rockmount Ranchwear, we’ll focus on what makes this street stand out from the rest. Wazee’s shimmer might have dimmed with the fortunes of downtown, but it’s brilliant again. Join us for the wonders of Wazee!</p> <p><em>Space is limited. Provide your own transportation to starting point. Includes sit-down lecture, cocoa and desserts.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 1536 Wynkoop St., Ste. 108, Denver, CO 80202
  • Image $19 - $30

Enjoy a fall walking tour of Lower Downtown, learning about interactions between Arapaho people and white settlers in early Denver. Our LoDo tour highlights both, showing how the world around the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte...

A Confluence of Another Kind: American Indians of Early Denver <p>Enjoy a fall walking tour of Lower Downtown, learning about interactions between Arapaho people and white settlers in early Denver. Our LoDo tour highlights both, showing how the world around the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte River was changing in 1858&#8211;64. Imagine tipis at 15th and Blake or native delegations visiting Governor Evans at 14th and Arapahoe. After the tour, you’ll have the option of hopping onto an RTD bus to Tocabe, a traditional American Indian restaurant, returning downtown afterward. The stories are there to find, so let’s find them together.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
  • Image $350 - $425

Among elegance expressed in architecture, our stay at the Broadmoor includes a sumptuous dinner and overnight accommodations. The holiday illuminations will fill your heart with joy long after the last dessert spoon has been taken away. In...

Christmas Splendor: The Broadmoor Hotel <p>Among elegance expressed in architecture, our stay at the Broadmoor includes a sumptuous dinner and overnight accommodations. The holiday illuminations will fill your heart with joy long after the last dessert spoon has been taken away. In the morning, to make sure you don’t miss a historical detail, we’ll take a tour that stretches back more than a century. The Broadmoor has worn many hats, and they weren’t always made of silk. This is a tour for those with an eye for beauty and a taste for history. Now that’s refined.</p> <p><em>Includes one night’s lodging, dinner, guides and valet parking. Provide your own transportation.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image $44 - $60

Names deeply rooted in Colorado history—Long, Springer, Phillips, Phipps—shared one thing in common: the same fine castle, complete with all that was elegant and urbane. Today, this breathtaking edifice has been restored in grandeur and...

The Winter High Life: Highlands Ranch Mansion <p>Names deeply rooted in Colorado history—Long, Springer, Phillips, Phipps—shared one thing in common: the same fine castle, complete with all that was elegant and urbane. Today, this breathtaking edifice has been restored in grandeur and transformed into an event space for the modern city surrounding it. We’ll have a tour of the splendid Highlands Ranch Mansion, decorated for Christmas, and the histories are as entrancing as the building itself. We’ll follow up with a presentation about the history of Douglas County to give you a full overview of the region’s finest.</p> <p><em>Includes guide and a box lunch. Provide your own transportation to starting point and during the tour. Maps supplied.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center

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