Colorado is known, first and foremost, for its outdoor beauty. We concede, that’s why most of us move here—to chase an outdoor lifestyle in cities with thriving economies. However, the state isn’t all granola and earth—we have a range of incredible, award-winning museums to please every member of the family. We’ve already discussed the state’s art scene, but we also have history, natural history, and sport museums across Colorado. Below, we have listed a few of our favorites.
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum—A favorite among locals and tourists, this Vail facility honors Colorado’s ski and snowboarding heritage. The museum is a treasure trove of ski history and heritage, offering six themed galleries with artifacts, documentary screenings, and featured exhibitions. The best part? It’s free to everyone.
Children’s Museum of Denver—Full of playscapes, life-sized trucks, and learning areas, this museum is a favorite among our pint-sized friends. The museum is designed for newborns through eight-year-old kids, but everyone can have a good time. The exhibits are hands-on, interactive, and innovative. Last year, the museum served more than 568,000 children and grown-ups.
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery—At the edge of downtown Fort Collins sits a massive facility designed to bring science to life. The hands-on science museum is full of interactive exhibits and fascinating artifacts which work to tell the stories of Northern Colorado—both natural and manufactured. The museum has served nearly half a million visitors from 45 states and 30 countries across 5 continents, but Coloradans are their primary audience—around 80% of visitors live in the state.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum—The Manitou Cliff Dwellings were built by the Anasazi people more than 700 years ago. Now, visitors can visit a three-story pueblo just below the original dwellings. The museum works to unravel the mysteries of the Anasazi people through depictions of daily life, displays of tools and weapons, and family-friendly exhibitions.