Our Favorite Colorado Springs Museums
Colorado Springs museums are a really nice way to spend the day if, like us, you love learning while youre on vacation. Or even if youre just looking for something to do indoors during an afternoon rainstorm.
The cool thing about the museums in Colorado Springs is that we've got some weird ones. One is all about ghost towns. Another one is filled with dried up exotic tropical insects and has an enormous beetle statue out front. And then there's the one with all the dinosaurs.
If you don't like the unusual, we also have your standard museum fare: history, space, pioneers, cowboys, money. Really, something for everyone.
Our guess is you'll find one you like, so check out our list below and get your learning on.
AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION MONEY MUSEUM
Americas largest numismatic museum dedicated to the art, history, and science of money. Includes a multimedia gallery, collections of American gold coins and paper money, annual exhibits, and information about archaelogy, banking, and coin collecting.
818 North Cascade Avenue
This 132,286 square-foot facility hosts major international traveling exhibitions, 9 permanent collection galleries, an an unprecedented tactile gallery. A high-end bistro, Amuze, is also onsite, along with the cool Deco lounge.
30 West Dale Street
GHOST TOWN MUSEUM
A fun and historic look back at an old west town during the late1800s and early 1900s. Blacksmith's shop, Saloon, General Store, Livery Stable, Arcade, and more. Admission includes free gold panning.
400 South 21st Street
MANITOU CLIFF DWELLINGS MUSEUM
One of the most popular Colorado Springs museums-- gives you a hands-on experience of 700-year old Anasazi cliff dwellings under the cover of a sandstone overhang. Go inside the architectural remnants of the Pueblo Indians. Features nature walk, reproductions, snack bar, picnic patio, museum and gift shop.
2 Cliff Dwellings Rd
MAY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF THE TROPICS
Totally unique museum with a collection of over 100,000 invertebrates. Including huge Brazilian butterflies, 17-inch long stick insects from New Guinea, and the leaf insects of Borneo. Also scorpions, tarantulas, and spiders. Fascinating stuff. Maybe the most unusual of all the Colorado Springs museums.
710 Rock Creek Canyon Rd
MCALLISTER HOUSE MUSEUM
This Enlish-style 1873 cottage was the home of the Henry McAllister family. Major McCallister was an integral part of planning Colorado Springs as a resort city per General Palmers plan. Take the 45-minute tour to learn more about this fascinating man. Features a Carriage House gift shop.
423 North Cascade Avenue
MIRAMONT CASTLE MUSEUM
The restored Miramont Castle allows you to see how life would have been in Victorian times. Tour the 42 rooms decorated with Victorian furnishings, visit the Queens Parlour Tea Room, or stop in the gift shop which features vintage-style candies, artwork, books and teas.
9 Capitol Hill Avenue
PETERSON AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Aviation and space history museum with exhibits that feature the WWII Peterson Army Air Base, the Binational North American Aerospace Defense Command, US Air Force and Army Air Defense Commands, and the US Air Force Space Command. The Airpark collection includes 16 aircraft and 6 missiles.
*For those without military I.D., call 719-556-4915 for tour information.
150 East Ent Avenue
Located in the 1903 ElPaso County Courthouse downtown, the Pioneers Museum portrays the history and culture of the Pikes Peak region. Featuring over 60,000 objects in its collection including nationally significant collections of quilts, Van Briggle art pottery, fine regional art, and in impressive Native American collection. Another one of the more popular Colorado Springs Museums.
215 South Tejon Street
PRO RODEO HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY
Of all the Colorado Springs museums, it doesn't get much more Western than this. Run by the Professional Rode Cowboys Associations board, this is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to the sport of rodeo." The Heritage Hall displays historic and modern rodeo clothing. Video presentations on historical and modern rodeo competitions. The Hall of Champions features memorabilia from the inductees.
101 Pro Rodeo Drive
ROCKY MOUNTAIN DINOSAUR RESOURCE CENTER
See giant replications of T-rex, stegasaurus, raptors, marine reptiles, and carnivorous fish. Also watch a real fossil lab as specialists re-create these amazing creatures. Activity areas, movies, and the states largest dinosaur shop.
201 South Fairview Street
ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
This is a non-profit museum located next to the Harley-Davidson dealer in town. The focus is on the people behind the creation of motorcyclesthe pioneers of motorcycling. Features a Hall of Fame, information on famous riders, memorabilia, and of course a collection of more than 50 vintage and antique bikes from Harleys to Hondas to Indians.
5865 North Nevada Avenue
WESTERN MUSEUM OF MINING & INDUSTRY
Highlights the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West. Features over 4,000 artifacts in a 27-acre exhibit site including an ore mill, theatre, multi-purpose center, and a 5,000-volume research library. Learn about mining, geology, the environment, and industrial technology. Located opposite the north entrance to the USAFA.
Daily guided tours at 10am and 1pm.
225 Northgate Road
WORLD FIGURE SKATING MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME
This Museum is the international repository for the sport of figure skating. This unique institution dedicates itself exclusively to the preservation and interpretation of the history of figure skating. Featuring information on skaters such as Scott Hamilton, Dick Button, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, Katarina Witt, and more.
Group tours available.
20 1st Street
Hope this list of Colorado Springs museums was helpful. Let us know how your visit went. We'd love to hear from you.