Colorado Museums

See everything from Native American cultures to rodeo cowboys and Olympic skiers.
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Into the Past: Colorado museums showcase everything from Native American cultures to rodeo cowboys and Olympic skiers.

Rocky Mountain NP & Estes Park

Moraine Park Museum in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo Wikimedia CC

Moraine Park Museum

Check out natural history exhibits without leaving the park at this free museum on Bear Lake Road.

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. Photo by Ben Fullerton

Stanley Hotel

It’s not exactly a museum, but this 1909 hotel packs plenty of history. On the 90-minute Stanley Tour, you’ll see original Stanley Steamer cars, tour the grounds, and, yes, get the scoop on the supposedly haunted hotel’s resident spirits. stanleyhotel.com

Grand Lake

Kauffman House Museum

This tiny, charming museum in the quiet downtown of Grand Lake preserves a log hotel in operation from 1892 to 1946. grandlakehistory.org

Front Range

Fort Colllins Museum of Discovery by Zerdnog (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

The new (reopened in November 2012) Museum of Discovery features a little bit of everything, from a Sound & Music Lab to Native American exhibits and a hands-on family exploration center. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $7 students and seniors. fcmod.org

Molly Brown House in Denver, CO. Photo: Flickr Ken Lund

Molly Brown House and Museum

Denver is packed with world-class museums, but this little gem celebrating the unsinkable Titanic survivor (it’s in her 1889 home) is especially fun. $8 adults; mollybrown.org

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History by Gaurav (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

This Boulder museum covers fossils, botany, bugs, and much more, plus a Discovery Corner for kids. Admission is free (with a suggested $3 donation). cumuseum.colorado.edu

ProRodeo Hall of Fame & The Museum of the American Cowboy

If you know the difference between a hazer and a rank—or want to find out—this Colorado Springs museum is a must-visit. prorodeohalloffame.com

Farther Afield

Ski & Snowboard Museum

This free Vail destination commemorates Olympic ski champions, the history of skiing in the Vail Valley and elsewhere, the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers, and much more. skimuseum.net