Explore our state’s fascinating past from any of History Colorado’s regional museums. Make arrangements directly with each site.
Byers-Evans House Museum, Denver 303-620-4933
Afternoon Into the Past
The Byers-Evans House hosts over 2,000 elementary-aged children annually in its popular field trip program, An Afternoon into the Past. This program caters to third and fourth grade students studying Denver and Colorado history. Your students will have the opportunity to role-play as Evans family members and friends from the year 1918 in this hands-on program.
Availability: Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 2:30 pm Time Range: 90 minutes. Group Size: 38 students maximum per class. No minimum. Cost: $2.50 per student Free for all adult chaperones. Parking: Automobile parking is available in the Civic Center Cultural Complex Parking Structure at the corner of 12th Avenue and Broadway (enter from 12th Ave.). Busses may unload on Bannock St.
Choose from a large selection of programs that engage students about life along the Arkansas River. Gallery tours and interactive programs introduce students to the trading post experience, Pueblo history, and archaeology. Programs are for kindergarten through high school. A teacher's packet with pre-tour and post-tour activities, maps, and a Southwest history timeline are available along with an outreach trunk to be used in the classroom.
Cost: Starting at $1.50 per student and adult Group size: Maximum of 60 students per program Discounts: Discounts are available in October for the Living History programs
Fort Garland Museum, Fort Garland 719-379-3512
Discover life at a nineteenth-century military fort through engaging programs that explore the rich history of the San Luis Valley. Students walk through the adobe buildings and parade ground where Kit Carson once served as commandant.
Cost: Nominal student fee charged
Fort Vasquez Museum, Platteville 970-785-2832
Fort Vasquez recalls a time of great cultural exchange during the fur trade era. Gain insight into the equipment and methods of trade used by the mountain men while learning about the effect on the American Indian way of life. Customized programs available.
Cost: $3–5 per student
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin, Leadville 719-486-0487
Students explore life in a booming silver mining camp while stepping back in time through house tours and role-playing activities. We have designed an information packet that provides teachers with some background on Leadville history, along with pre-visit activities for students. All activities meet state educational standards.
Cost: $2 per student Note: Overnight trips can be arranged to visit all the Leadville-area museums.
Trinidad History Museum, Trinidad 719-846-7217
History, gardening, and art! Hands-on workshops and special tours highlight an array of topics are available at the Trinidad History Museum. Or bring the museum to the classroom. Your children also can earn community service credit by volunteering to help tend the Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens.
Ute Indian Museum, Montrose 970-249-3098
Students explore the history of the Ute people through gallery tours, crafts, and games. Customized programs are available.
Cost: $2–5 per student
Contacts for Educators
Explore Denver Walking tours, History Take Out and History Colorado Center Field Trips Becca Goodrum, 303-866-2394