South Central Colorado

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  • 1. A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum and Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum celebrates the life and work of the famous Western illustrator, whose distinctive oils, charcoal drawings, and watercolors graced...Read More

  • 2. ANA Money Museum

    Financial Institution

    The American Numismatic Association's fascinating Money Museum has a collection of old gold coins, mistakes made at the U.S. Mint, and currency...Read More

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    3. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    About 8 miles east of La Junta, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site painstakingly re-creates what life was like in this adobe fort. Founded...Read More

    Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
  • 4. Buell Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Ranked among the best in the country, the Buell Children's Museum provides fun, interactive experiences for kids of all ages. The 12,000-square...Read More

  • 5. Buena Vista Heritage Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Before leaving downtown, meander through the Buena Vista Heritage Museum in the 1882 brick courthouse. A falling-down stagecoach cabin near...Read More

  • 6. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

    Museum/Gallery

    This regional museum has a fine permanent collection of modern art and excellent rotating exhibits. Some highlight the cultural contributions...Read More

  • 7. Cripple Creek District Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The museum set in five historic buildings—including a vintage railway depot—contains a vast collection of artifacts, photos, and exhibits that...Read More

  • 8. El Pueblo History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A nicely designed repository for the city's history, El Pueblo History Museum extends its scope to chronicle life on the plains since the prehistoric...Read More

  • 9. Ghost Town

    Museum/Gallery

    You can play a real player piano and a nickelodeon at this Western town with a sheriff's office, general store, saloon, and smithy. There's...Read More

  • 10. Koshare Indian Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    With Navajo silver, Zuni pottery, and Shoshone buckskin clothing, the Koshare Indian Museum contains extensive holdings of Native American artifacts...Read More

  • 11. Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    On the other side of the Purgatoire River, this museum at Trinidad State Junior College takes viewers back millions of years to examine the...Read More

  • 12. Manitou Cliff Dwellings

    Museum/Gallery

    Some Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings that date from the 1100s to the 1400s have been moved from other sites in southern Colorado to this...Read More

  • 13. Miramont Castle Museum

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Commissioned in 1895 as the private home of French priest Jean-Baptiste Francolon, this museum in Manitou Springs is still decorated, in part...Read More

  • 14. Museum of Colorado Prisons

    Museum/Gallery

    Introduce yourself and your kids to what life is like behind bars at the Museum of Colorado Prisons, which formerly housed the Women's State...Read More

  • 15. Old Firehouse No. 1 Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Set in the delightful Old Firehouse Number 1, the museum displays fire-fighting memorabilia, such as a 1947 American LaFrance fire truck (children...Read More

  • 16. Pioneers Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Once the Old El Paso County Courthouse, this repository has artifacts relating to the entire Pikes Peak area. The historic courtroom is absolutely...Read More

  • 17. Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

    Museum/Gallery

    Even a tenderfoot would get a kick out of this museum, which includes changing displays of Western art; permanent photo exhibits that capture...Read More

  • 18. Pueblo-Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    At the city's airport, the Pueblo-Weisbrod Aircraft Museum traces the development of American military aviation with nearly 30 aircraft in mint...Read More

  • 19. Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center

    Museum/Gallery

    This facility celebrates the region's multicultural heritage with displays of petroglyphs, mining artifacts, early Spanish relics, and rotating...Read More

  • 20. Rosemount Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Exquisite maple, oak, and mahogany woodwork gleams throughout this splendid 37-room mansion, with ivory glaze and gold-leaf trim. Italian marble...Read More

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