From kindergartners to high school seniors, students love our immersive and experiential exhibits and programs that explore the state’s history, people and environment while aligning with curriculum standards across multiple disciplines. Core exhibits at the History Colorado Center include Colorado Stories, Destination Colorado and Denver A to Z, Living West, and Written on the Land: Ute Stories, Ute Voices.
In compliance with Denver public health guidelines, all field trip participants, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks if they are ages 2 and older when visiting the History Colorado Center. This includes students, teachers, chaperones, and accompanying children.
Colorado Time Travelers (Grades K–5)
Explore Colorado’s people and places through hands-on experiences in the galleries. Exploration culminates in a timeline sequencing activity. Aligned to Colorado Academic Standards, the program features skills and concepts covered in third and fourth grade but can be adapted to other grade levels.
Democratic Principles in Conflict (Grades 6–12) Students explore how democratic principles have shaped Colorado history in times of conflict. The program is designed for middle and high school civics and U.S. history classes. Program includes a pre-visit classroom activity that introduces students to principles of democracy, an exploration of the History Colorado Center’s exhibits and post-visit classroom activities that synthesize and expand students’ knowledge.
Colorado Water Quest (Grades 5–9)
From Mesa Verde to the Dust Bowl, discover the important role water has played in Colorado history—and the environmental challenges we face today. Students work in small groups to explore History Colorado exhibits, solve STEM and geography challenges, and evaluate the ways different communities have used water. The program is designed for middle school earth science and geography classes, and can be adapted for upper elementary and high school students.
Research Center Program (Grades 6-12)
Students will explore real museum collections in the Hart Research Center using critical thinking and analysis skills and get a behind-the-scenes peek into how History Colorado cares for our museum collections. Primary sources can provide first-hand, unique evidence and are often the best and truest way to explore an event, time, or place as if you were there. We will help students explore research topics or can prepare a specific research experience based on a topic. Only available Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 am-3 pm.
Duration for grades K–8: 2 hours
Duration for pre-K: 2 hours
Times: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per student; 1 free chaperone for every 10 students;
$8 for each additional adult. Title I schools $2.50 per student.