Core Exhibition

Zoom In

The Centennial State in 100 Objects

This exhibition has 100 stories to tell. Zoom in on 100 powerful artifacts to see how Colorado became Colorado. Culled from the vast collections of History Colorado, every object on view had a role in shaping our state—from the age of the Paleoindians to Jack Swigert’s Apollo 13 flight suit and beyond.

You could never distill Colorado’s rich history into only 100 objects. But the ones we’ve selected, both ordinary and extraordinary, combine into a telling mosaic of the past—and, just maybe, a glimpse into our future.

Zoom In explores the ways objects define who we are as Coloradans. And, it acknowledges the diverse people who've called this rectangular patch of plains, mountains, and mesas home for 13,000 years or more. These carefully selected objects illuminate the stories of iconic individuals from our past, such as Margaret “Molly” Brown, as well as those of relatively unknown Coloradans.

Preserving our past is a future-oriented endeavor. These objects reflect the ideas, achievements, and challenges that define us as Coloradans today and help us determine who we want to become tomorrow. 

Interested in Coloradan artifacts? Be sure to check out our Most Significant Artifacts program as well as our full collection accessible through our Stephen H. Hart Research Center!

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“The objects act as portals that open the doors to the stories of our past. We hope this overview sparks curiosity about our history and a desire to learn more.”

Steve Turner, Executive Director, History Colorado