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Exhibits & Topics

History Colorado’s interactive exhibitions are the ultimate way to step into the story of our state’s past. 

At the History Colorado Center, Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects spotlights 100 artifacts from the earliest Paleoindians to the innovations of the recent past. Featuring our incomparable Mesa Verde collection and an immersive Dust Bowl Theater, Living West reveals how Colorado’s environment has shaped its human history. Other exhibits explore communities from the fur trade and hard-rock mining eras to the Chicano Movement of the ’60s and ’70s. Rounding out these core exhibits, an ongoing slate of temporary exhibitions brings a wealth of history experiences to our galleries.

Online exhibits bring Colorado history to life through presentations of authentic artifacts, historical images, and audio-visual materials. Interactive and social-media components provide forums for conversation tying historical themes and issues to contemporary life. Complete a series of online activities to earn Digital Badges for your Mozilla Backpack!

At our Community Museums, history comes alive in the settings where it was made: An adobe military outpost in the San Luis Valley. A museum at the crossroads of southern Colorado cultures. A Victorian mansion filled with artworks and home to exhibits about women of the West. A set of architectural landmarks along the old Santa Fe Trail. Our newly expanded museum in the heart of Ute Indian territory. A reconstructed adobe trading post on the plains. These statewide sites offer perfect settings to take a step back in time.

An invaluable resource for exhibitions and researchers alike, History Colorado's incomparable collections—from books and manuscripts to artifacts and photographs—encapsulate and chronicle the state’s rich past.