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History Colorado's collection includes a wide array of artifacts reflecting more than 12,000 years of human presence in Colorado and the region. Collections include such diverse objects as furniture, gold coins, mining equipment, paintings, horse-drawn buggies, firearms, prints, toys, textiles, clothing, and the 10th Mountain Division, New Deal, and Mesa Verde collections.

History Colorado holds thousands of items in trust for the people of Colorado as a means of documenting and interpreting the state's history. Curators assume responsibility for the review and selection of materials, research, care, and interpretation of the nearly 200,000 artifacts in the History Colorado Collection.

Artifacts are available for research at the Stephen H. Hart Research Center.  Please email for more information about setting up an appointment to view artifacts.  Access may be limited for fragile or otherwise sensitive material as well as extremely large or difficult to retrieve items. A fee may be assessed for requests involving direct staff time in excess of two hours at $50 per hour (non-members) or $40 per hour (members).