historycoloradoThe History Colorado Center is one of the newest museums in Downtown Denver.  Since its opening last year, the History Colorado Center has been teaching visitors about Colorado in a fun and interactive way.  The brightly colored displays draw visitors in and the hands-on activities will keep your children occupied for quite some time. 

We recently visited the History Colorado Center, located in the Golden Triangle Museum District, and spent about two hours exploring the exhibits.  After spending much of our first few months in Denver exploring the mountain towns and the ski slopes, we decided that it was time to explore more of our immediate surroundings.  The History Colorado Center was a great place to start. 

Our favorite exhibits were Denver A to Z and Colorado Stories.  Denver A to Z shares something about Colorado for each letter of the alphabet.  We learned about microbrews, the “Barrel Man” and even zombies.  We had recently seen the Blue Bear in all of its gigantic glory so the kids were thrilled to see the replica of him up close and personal.

In Colorado Stories, you can feel what it is was like to descend into a silver mine through a simulated mine shaft.  Once you have entered the mine, learn more about mining and how it works.  My son’s favorite part was trying to figure out the puzzle of how to place the dynamite in the wall correctly before detonation.  We never could get it right.  You can also try to land the perfect ski jump.  There is an exhibit about the relocation center for Japanese Americans during WWII as well as the American Indian tribes. 

The Time Machine is a gigantic steam punk machine that you push over a floor map to different hot spots to learn about the history of that area through videos.

The History Colorado Center is located near the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library and more so you could make a day out of your visit.  Tickets are reasonably priced: $10 for adults; children 6-12 are $6 and children five and under are free.   The best parking for visiting this center is about a block away in the Civic Center Cultural Complex.