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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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Meeting Facilities

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

Sep 19, 2018

Play Ball!
Apr 7, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018

See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand...

Play Ball! <p>See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers.</p> <p>Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe. And much, much more—these are just a few of the one-of-a-kind items on view in Play Ball!</p> <p>Opening with the 2018 baseball season, Play Ball! showcases the Marshall Fogel Collection, one of the greatest sets of baseball artifacts ever assembled outside the Hall of Fame. This celebration of our national pastime is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate baseball’s storied history in a way you’ve never seen it before.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Self-Preservation by Anthony Garcia Sr.
Jul 9, 2018 - Feb 1, 2019

In celebration of Colorado's long history of murals, we're excited to present the work of Anthony Garcia Sr., director of Birdseed Collective in Denver's Globeville/Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. Anthony will be hand-painting the wall of our...

Self-Preservation by Anthony Garcia Sr. <p>In celebration of Colorado's long history of murals, we're excited to present the work of Anthony Garcia Sr., director of Birdseed Collective in Denver's Globeville/Elyria-Swansea neighborhood.</p> <p>Anthony will be hand-painting the wall of our fourth-floor mezzanine. Using culturally and artistically relevant and vibrant “sarape” colors and designs, the artwork titled "Self-Preservation" will represent how different cultures can work together to form a community.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

ZOOM IN: THE CENTENNIAL STATE IN 100 OBJECTS
Nov 21, 2017 - Dec 31, 2018

A hundred objects. A hundred portals to the past. Presented by Colorado State University Our newest exhibition has 100 stories to tell. Zoom in on 100 powerful artifacts to see how Colorado became Colorado. Culled from the vast collections...

ZOOM IN: THE CENTENNIAL STATE IN 100 OBJECTS <p>A hundred objects. A hundred portals to the past.</p> <p>Presented by Colorado State University</p> <p>Our newest exhibition has 100 stories to tell. Zoom in on 100 powerful artifacts to see how Colorado became Colorado. Culled from the vast collections of History Colorado, every object on view had a role in shaping our state—from the age of the Paleoindians to Jack Swigert’s Apollo 13 flight suit and beyond. </p> <p>You could never distill Colorado’s rich history into only 100 objects. But the ones we’ve selected, both ordinary and extraordinary, combine into a telling mosaic of the past—and, just maybe, a glimpse into our future.</p> <p>A brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery presented by the Boettcher Foundation, has been created on the museum’s third floor to house the innovative 3,700-square-foot experience. The addition of Zoom In provides another core exhibit for museum visitors to explore. The exhibition joins core exhibits such as Living West, Destination Colorado, and Colorado Stories, giving museum goers a full dose of historically themed exhibits about the state’s past.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country, including the History Colorado Center, provide free entry to anyone presenting a...

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day <p>Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country, including the History Colorado Center, provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.</p> <p>The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Kirby Stokes, director of the Trinidad History Museum, joins us to speak about the unique resilience of southern Colorado and the ways Trinidad has recreated itself over the years. She'll give some of the more famous stories a little extra...

Trinidad Colorado: A legacy of resilience and recreation <p>Kirby Stokes, director of the Trinidad History Museum, joins us to speak about the unique resilience of southern Colorado and the ways Trinidad has recreated itself over the years. She'll give some of the more famous stories a little extra flair and be sure to bring to light the stories you haven’t heard yet. You'll come away with a small taste of Trinidad’s long history. Join Stokes as she celebrates the story of Trinidad, the history of who we are.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

The public is welcome as the newest US citizens and their families take part in a naturalization ceremony in the atrium of the History Colorado Center.

Naturalization Ceremony <p>The public is welcome as the newest US citizens and their families take part in a naturalization ceremony in the atrium of the History Colorado Center.</p> <p> </p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

In the early years of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, men outnumbered women twenty to one, yet the gentler sex played an important role in every aspect of mining life. Join author J.v.L. Bell as she discusses the adventures of well-known...

Colorado Women Lecture: Pike's Peak or Bust <p>In the early years of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, men outnumbered women twenty to one, yet the gentler sex played an important role in every aspect of mining life. Join author J.v.L. Bell as she discusses the adventures of well-known frontierswomen like Elizabeth Byers, Augusta Tabor, and Addie LaMont. Life for these early women settlers was difficult, filled with long days of washing clothes, cooking, and running boarding houses, but several established more unusual roles. Elsa Jane Forest took on the guise of a man; Charlotte Card dressed like a man and mined her own claim; and Mary Randal became one of Colorado’s first African American settlers. From papering their walls to washtub panning, these women lived amazing lives and have stories that will make you laugh and bring tears to your eyes.</p> <p> </p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Early Learners Story Time
Feb 7, 2018 - Dec 5, 2018

Bring your 2 to 5 year olds for storytime in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys and animals. We'll read stories and then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens. Free with admission!

Early Learners Story Time <p>Bring your 2 to 5 year olds for storytime in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys and animals. We'll read stories and then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens.</p> <p>Free with admission!</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Bring your 2 to 5 year olds for storytime in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys and animals. We'll read stories and then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens. Free with admission!

Lil' Time Travelers Story Time <p>Bring your 2 to 5 year olds for storytime in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys and animals. We'll read stories and then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens. Free with admission!</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Join Charlottle Waisman, co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, for a discussion of women of the West. She'll highlight some of the most interesting women who helped shape Colorado and its region.

Colorado Women Lecture: Women of the West <p>Join Charlottle Waisman, co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, for a discussion of women of the West. She'll highlight some of the most interesting women who helped shape Colorado and its region.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

History Colorado is proud to once again host the 2018 Indigenous Resource Management Partnership. The History Colorado Center will host both the all-day roundtable, “Visualizing and Realizing Diversity in the Museum of the Future,” and the...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day <p>History Colorado is proud to once again host the 2018 Indigenous Resource Management Partnership.</p> <p>The History Colorado Center will host both the all-day roundtable, “Visualizing and Realizing Diversity in the Museum of the Future,” and the culminating film for this year’s Indigenous Film &amp; Arts Festival.</p> <p>The roundtable and film are FREE; the rest of the museum is open at regular admission costs. Call 303-744-9686 for specific times and details.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Join us in exploring three historic Fort Collins organs! Whether making monumental sounds on a Sunday morning or standing silent and austere, organs bring to life the spirit of the divine and the music of the past’s greatest composers. Our...

History Colorado’s Ninth Annual Organ Crawl <p>Join us in exploring three historic Fort Collins organs! Whether making monumental sounds on a Sunday morning or standing silent and austere, organs bring to life the spirit of the divine and the music of the past’s greatest composers. Our crawl will take us to the Colorado State University Organ Recital Hall, where CSU’s internationally renowned Casavant Frères Organ resides.</p> <p>We’ll also visit the reverberant hall of First United Methodist Church and stop at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Be ready for uplifting music and intriguing history!</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making,...

Hands on History Family Fun Days <p>Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.</p> <p>Buy a family pack of tickets online and you’ll get four museum tickets, a discount family meal deal and a backpack full of family friendly ways to explore Colorado’s stories, all for just $25!</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Borrowed Time
Oct 15, 2018

Stephen Batura will discuss the photography of Charles S. Lillybridge (1849–1935) and his own paintings and drawings—which derive exclusively from Lillybridge’s images. Batura isn’t concerned about the differences between life in...

Borrowed Time <p><span>Stephen Batura will discuss the photography of Charles S. Lillybridge (1849&#8211;1935) and his own paintings and drawings—which derive exclusively from Lillybridge’s images. Batura isn’t concerned about the differences between life in Denver a hundred years ago and Denver today, he’s interested in the similarities. To the artist, the concerns of each generation are largely the same, and they form familiar patterns. Rather than sentimentalizing another era, Batura believes we should examine what’s still alive from the past and how it echoes in our contemporary world.</span></p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Time to tempt the zombies! Knowing that Cheesman Park once held Denver’s first cemetery will encourage you to tread lightly on our walking tour, lest you disturb what lies beneath. We’ll share the gruesome and the grandiose history...

Denver’s First Cemetery <p>Time to tempt the zombies! Knowing that Cheesman Park once held Denver’s first cemetery will encourage you to tread lightly on our walking tour, lest you disturb what lies beneath. We’ll share the gruesome and the grandiose history surrounding the park. Guaranteed to get you into the spirit (so to speak), it’s not one to be missed. Don’t be afraid; your tour guide will be one of flesh and blood and interested in enriching your brains, not eating them.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Colorado Homegrown Tales: Ghostlight
Oct 19, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018

Join us as we float from room to room in the historic Byers-Evans House to tell you spine-tingling tales of theatrical Colorado ghost stories based on real life. Each story takes you through different areas of the historic house museum...

Colorado Homegrown Tales: Ghostlight <p>Join us as we float from room to room in the historic Byers-Evans House to tell you spine-tingling tales of theatrical Colorado ghost stories based on real life. Each story takes you through different areas of the historic house museum rarely seen at night! Subject matter is adult in nature and not recommended for those under 14.</p> <p> </p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel as he continues our journey through the rich tapestry of the city’s immigrant past by looking at those who joined us from the other side of the Pacific. We’ll explore our Asian heritage, from the lost...

Denver’s East Asian Heritage <p>Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel as he continues our journey through the rich tapestry of the city’s immigrant past by looking at those who joined us from the other side of the Pacific. We’ll explore our Asian heritage, from the lost Chinatown—known in the day as Hop Alley—to the numerous Vietnamese restaurants along South Federal Boulevard. Important individuals such as Minoru Yasui and Ralph Carr, whose statues decorate Sakura Square, have shown us better ways when racial hysteria blinded us to our failings. Let’s unravel the storied skein of the people of East Asia in Denver.</p> <p>Includes bus transportation, a light lunch, guides and interpretation</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Beginning as a remote Army post in 1862, Fort Collins has evolved over about 150 years to become a vibrant city on the High Plains, a center of education and commerce. Through images and stories, author Barbara Fleming, a Fort Collins...

Fort Collins: From Camp Town to City <p>Beginning as a remote Army post in 1862, Fort Collins has evolved over about 150 years to become a vibrant city on the High Plains, a center of education and commerce. Through images and stories, author Barbara Fleming, a Fort Collins native, recounts the city’s colorful history—a past replete with Native Americans, board sidewalks, false-front buildings, a hanging, a rogue stagecoach driver, and indomitable men and women who held on through drought, grasshopper plagues, and more to build a town that ultimately thrived and grew. The story of Fort Collins is the story of the western frontier and the settlement of the West.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Neyla Pekarek, a Denver native, received her music education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She began playing with local folk band the Lumineers, performing on their Grammy-nominated debut and follow-up album. Tonight’s...

Tiny Library Concert: Neyla Pekarek <p>Neyla Pekarek, a Denver native, received her music education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She began playing with local folk band the Lumineers, performing on their Grammy-nominated debut and follow-up album. Tonight’s program, Rattlesnake, is inspired by the life of Colorado pioneer Rattlesnake Kate, who was infamous in the 1920s for her death-defying encounter with a rattlesnake migration. This collection of songs was written from love letter correspondence Kate kept with Col. Charles D. Randolph, a.k.a. Buckskin Bill.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Be ready to light up your jack-o-lantern on Halloween with master pumpkin carver John Bardeen! John is a passionate crafter who's been carving for 65 years. You'll learn the carving technique invented by his family as you use tools created...

Historical Craft Society: Pumpkin Carving <p>Be ready to light up your jack-o-lantern on Halloween with master pumpkin carver John Bardeen! John is a passionate crafter who's been carving for 65 years. You'll learn the carving technique invented by his family as you use tools created for their Denver-based company, Grampa Bardeen's. You bring the pumpkin and the desire to learn from a master carver, and we provide the rest.</p> <p>All carvers welcome. For our younger carvers (age 6&#8211;12), we recommend carving with an adult.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

LEGO Building Workshop
Oct 27, 2018

Build (and keep!) your own Colorado-style LEGO® set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation. On October 27th, we'll build the LEGO Creator Vampire and Bat Kit. The kit features a Vampire with plus a small pet bat with...

LEGO Building Workshop <p>Build (and keep!) your own Colorado-style LEGO® set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation.</p> <p>On October 27th, we'll build the LEGO Creator Vampire and Bat Kit. The kit features a Vampire with plus a small pet bat with movable wings. The set will take about 30 minutes to build and is best for ages 7-12.</p> <p>We'll then tour our Denver A to Z exhibit before it opens to the public.</p> <p>Cost is $45 (members pay $40) and includes one adult and one child museum admission as well as the LEGOs and instructions in the kit.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Wonderful RiNo
Oct 29, 2018

It’s natural for neighborhoods to change over time. Once-prosperous areas fall on hard times, perhaps to be discovered and reimagined anew. Few of Denver’s neighborhoods epitomize this phenomenon as well as River North, known today as...

Wonderful RiNo <p>It’s natural for neighborhoods to change over time. Once-prosperous areas fall on hard times, perhaps to be discovered and reimagined anew. Few of Denver’s neighborhoods epitomize this phenomenon as well as River North, known today as “RiNo.” Once residential, then industrial, then peopled by artists and empty spaces, today this trendy spot close to downtown has energy bursting from its seams, with epic changes still in store. Join us as we explore RiNo by foot and by bus, learning what was, what’s been lost, and what’s coming up for the rhinoceros next door.</p> <p>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Roam the River
Nov 1, 2018

Except when it floods, as it did most memorably in 1965, most people don’t give the South Platte River much thought. It’s the river that gave us our start and sustains much of the metropolitan area’s population. Long neglected, the South...

Roam the River <p>Except when it floods, as it did most memorably in 1965, most people don’t give the South Platte River much thought. It’s the river that gave us our start and sustains much of the metropolitan area’s population. Long neglected, the South Platte has come back to the forefront as a desirable amenity for nature-starved urban dwellers. Though we won’t see its beginnings in the Rockies or its end at the Missouri River, we’ll trace the river’s path through the metro area as we paddle our way through its stories and sites.</p> <p>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Bring your 2 to 5 year olds for storytime in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys and animals. We'll read stories and then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens. Free with admission!

Lil' Time Travelers Story Time <p>Bring your 2 to 5 year olds for storytime in our <em>Destination Colorado</em> exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys and animals. We'll read stories and then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens. Free with admission!</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

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: Market. Join historian Kevin Pharris and Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for a special program to discover the...

Cocoa on Historic Market 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: Market. Join historian Kevin Pharris and Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for a special program to discover the evolution of this street’s name and learn about the brides of the masses, stagecoaches and buildings rising on the ashes of the old. We’ll focus on what makes this street stand out from the rest. Market’s shimmer might have dimmed with the fortunes of downtown, but it’s brilliant again. Join us for the wonders of Market Street!</p> <p>Space is limited. Provide your own transportation to starting point. Includes walking tour, sit-down lecture, cocoa and desserts.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

LEGO Building Workshop
Nov 17, 2018

Build (and keep!) your own Colorado-style LEGO® set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation. On November 17th, we'll build the LEGO Creator Turkey, Pug, and Koala Bear Kit. The set will take about 30 minutes to build...

LEGO Building Workshop <p>Build (and keep!) your own Colorado-style LEGO® set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation.</p> <p>On November 17th, we'll build the LEGO Creator Turkey, Pug, and Koala Bear Kit. The set will take about 30 minutes to build and is best for ages 3-12.</p> <p>We'll then tour the Mesa Verde portion of our Living West exhibit before it opens to the public.</p> <p>Cost is $45 (members pay $40) and includes one adult and one child museum admission as well as the LEGOs and instructions in the kit.</p> <p>LEGO Building Workshop<br />Join us in building your own</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Look Up!
Nov 17, 2018

The streets around Union Station were once home to the heavy and unromantic equipment that sustained a thriving boom town. Hardware, plumbing supplies, tractors and more kept the city running. Though the warehouses have become offices and...

Look Up! <p>The streets around Union Station were once home to the heavy and unromantic equipment that sustained a thriving boom town. Hardware, plumbing supplies, tractors and more kept the city running. Though the warehouses have become offices and living spaces, the spirits of Denver’s early industrialists haven’t entirely left downtown—their ghosts remain. All you have to do is look up! Join us for a tour of Denver’s hidden ghost signs, with history, architecture and more to entice you. Along the way, we’ll share some of the salacious stories of the people who skulked in scandal and shadow among the warehouses.</p> <p>Provide your own transportation to starting point.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Denver Water 100 Years
Nov 19, 2018

Do you really know water? Water is Denver’s history. Native Americans camped where the Cherry Creek and South Platte River met; Denver evolved from three towns surrounding that confluence. City Ditch supported gold rush settlers. Lack of...

Denver Water 100 Years <p>Do you really know water? Water is Denver’s history. Native Americans camped where the Cherry Creek and South Platte River met; Denver evolved from three towns surrounding that confluence. City Ditch supported gold rush settlers. Lack of hydrants left downtown ablaze, then a deadly flash flood decimated West Denver. Examples abound . . . After decades of private water companies—shady deals, court cases, financial ruin—Denver voted to create a public utility in 1918. Denver Water now serves over 1.4 million customers. That expansion involved land acquisition, contentious decisions, engineering marvels and collegial interactions. Learn about the history and future of water in Denver.</p> <p>History Colorado Lecture Series<br />Learn more about Colorado's people and</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

By popular demand, we once again ask: “Think you know Denver?” We drove around town last year to see who knew what, and we crowned a winner. Now, it’s your chance to be the Denver “Know-It-All” as we reveal a new slate of trivia. We’ll ask...

The Know-It-All Tour: Denver Trivia by Bus <p>By popular demand, we once again ask: “Think you know Denver?” We drove around town last year to see who knew what, and we crowned a winner. Now, it’s your chance to be the Denver “Know-It-All” as we reveal a new slate of trivia. We’ll ask questions like, “What used to be on this site?” and “What occupations do those statues honor?” After lunch, we’ll let you show your stuff. It’s not a test, just a great way to learn and to exercise your gray cells along the way—in other words, the pursuit of trivia, Denver style.</p> <p>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Bring your 2 to 5 year olds for storytime in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys and animals. We'll read stories and then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens. Free with admission!

Lil' Time Travelers Story Time <p>Bring your 2 to 5 year olds for storytime in our <em>Destination Colorado</em> exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys and animals. We'll read stories and then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens. Free with admission!</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Come enjoy the history and beauty of Denver’s holiday lights with History Colorado! The festive evening begins with an informal program exploring our state’s historic holiday traditions. Then it’s all aboard a comfortable, heated bus as we...

Christmas Lights of Denver <p>Come enjoy the history and beauty of Denver’s holiday lights with History Colorado! The festive evening begins with an informal program exploring our state’s historic holiday traditions. Then it’s all aboard a comfortable, heated bus as we drive through some of the Denver area’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Your host will delight and entertain you with stories of Denver’s holiday lore. We design a new route for this annual event every time, so join us for some unexpected lighting surprises! This is sure to get even a Scrooge into the holiday spirit.</p> <p>Includes cookies, hot chocolate and bus transportation. Dinner not provided.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making,...

Hands on History Family Fun Days <p>Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.</p> <p>Buy a family pack of tickets online and you’ll get four museum tickets, a discount family meal deal and a backpack full of family friendly ways to explore Colorado’s stories, all for just $25!</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

LEGO Building Workshop
Dec 15, 2018

Build (and keep!) your own Colorado-style LEGO® set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation. On November 17th, we'll build the LEGO City Arctic Exploration Team Building Kit. The kit includes a snowmobile with...

LEGO Building Workshop <p>Build (and keep!) your own Colorado-style LEGO® set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation.</p> <p>On November 17th, we'll build the LEGO City Arctic Exploration Team Building Kit. The kit includes a snowmobile with detachable trailer and three mini figures. The set will take about 30 minutes to build and is best for ages 5-12.</p> <p>We'll then tour the Mesa Verde portion of our Living West exhibit before it opens to the public.</p> <p>Cost is $45 (members pay $40) and includes one adult and one child museum admission as well as the LEGOs and instructions in the kit.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Lecture by Dr. Jared Orsi, Colorado State University Jared Orsi, professor of history and director of Colorado State University’s Public Lands History Center, will present from his book Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike. The...

Spare No Pains: Zebulon Pike’s Adventures in the Rocky Mountains <p>Lecture by Dr. Jared Orsi, Colorado State University</p> <p>Jared Orsi, professor of history and director of Colorado State University’s Public Lands History Center, will present from his book Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike. The explorer’s baffling activities in the mountains of Colorado between November 1806 and February 1807 have sometimes provoked charges of conspiracy, espionage or incompetence. Asking new questions of old sources, Orsi takes us back in time to see why Pike’s choices made perfect sense to him in his historical moment.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Lecture by Steven Conklin, Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado The rich history of radio in Colorado is shared through the stories of many of the broadcast pioneers, including the dentist who put the state’s first commercial station on the air...

On the Air: Colorado’s Radio History <p>Lecture by Steven Conklin, Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado</p> <p>The rich history of radio in Colorado is shared through the stories of many of the broadcast pioneers, including the dentist who put the state’s first commercial station on the air in his living room, the station owner who saved a landmark and the DJ who had a movie based on her story. Hear stories and sounds from nearly ninety years of radio, including news clips, jingles and the voices of DJs. Presenter Steve Conklin is president of the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado, working to preserve the history of radio and TV.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Ancient Light
May 20, 2019

Lecture by Dr. Erica Ellingson, University of Colorado A thousand years ago, the Ancestral Puebloans built a great civilization in a landscape where even now the sky is a powerful presence. In this presentation, we’ll explore the deep...

Ancient Light <p>Lecture by Dr. Erica Ellingson, University of Colorado</p> <p>A thousand years ago, the Ancestral Puebloans built a great civilization in a landscape where even now the sky is a powerful presence. In this presentation, we’ll explore the deep understanding of the sky that’s expressed in Ancestral Puebloan art and architecture. We’ll examine the dance of light and shadow that trace the year at Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, and the subtle lunar cycles that were celebrated at Chimney Rock. Today, we see the same stars, sun and moon. By understanding them, we reach across the centuries to these ancient astronomers through our shared heritage of the sky.</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Sep 19, 2018

Lecture by Dr. Tom Noel Join our new State Historian, prolific author Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel, as he reflects on five decades of studying Colorado history and how he’s seen the field rethink the state’s heritage. In this address he’ll look...

The State Historian’s Address: Rethinking Colorado's Native American Heritage <p>Lecture by Dr. Tom Noel</p> <p>Join our new State Historian, prolific author Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel, as he reflects on five decades of studying Colorado history and how he’s seen the field rethink the state’s heritage. In this address he’ll look head-on at historians’ portrayals of American Indian history and at the ways Native Americans have chosen to portray their own past. See the stories of the first Coloradans in a whole new light.</p> <p>History Colorado Lecture Series<br />Learn more about Colorado's people and</p> 1200 Broadway Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

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