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Visitor FAQs

Thinking of making a trip to the History Colorado Center but need more details? We have the answers to commonly asked questions to help make your visit easier!

 

If you don't find what you're looking for, please contact guest services at hc_guestservices@state.co.us

When is History Colorado Center (our main museum in Denver) open?      

Daily museum hours are 10am to 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Where do I park?            

Metered parking is available on most streets near the museum. Covered parking is available a block away at the Cultural Center Complex Garage; enter from 12th Avenue between Broadway and Acoma. You'll also find surface lots throughout the neighborhood.

Do you validate parking?             

No.

Do you have bike racks?              

Bike racks are located on the south side of the building along 12th Avenue.

How long does it take to go through the museum?         

On average, it takes  1½ to 2 hours to explore our exhibits. Gallery programming, special events, and performances will add to the length of your visit.

Do you offer Military Discounts?              

History Colorado Center offers free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. 

Veterans receive $2 off admission.

Do you offer other discounts?

Sightseeing in Denver? Save up to 34% on admission to 3-5 top attractions including History Colorado Center with CityPASS.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day 2018, Kids 15 and under receive free admission to History Colorado Center when they wear a baseball jersey! (Two free child/youth admission per paying adult/senior.)

Denver youth, ages 5 – 18, and all DPS students, can access recreation centers, pools and cultural facilities (including History Colorado) at no cost with a MY Denver Card. Please present your MYDenver Card at the admissions desk to receive free student admission with purchase of adult admission.

History Colorado Center has also partnered with the City of Denver Mayor’s Office for Education and Children to provide Denver Head Start and Early Head Start children and their families with year-round access and educational opportunities at no cost. To receive free admission for the Head Start participant and his or her family, please present your 5 by 5 card at the admissions desk.

Anyone receiving SNAP benefits receives $1 admission per person. Just show your EBT card. Valid for you and up to 9 other people.

Do you have free days like other museums in Denver?

Admission to History Colorado Center is free on Día del Niño (April 29, 2018), Colorado Day (August 1, 2018), Smithsonian Museum Day (September 22, 2018), and Night at the Museums (date in November TBA).

History Colorado is not funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) that supports other cultural facilities in Denver, including by funding free days.

Do you have a gift shop?             

Yes, the History Colorado Center Gift Shop, located off the lobby, offers a variety of educational, fun, and unique gifts for all ages. You may visit the gift shop without paying museum admission. For more questions, call 303-866-4241.

Do you have a cafe?      

History Colorado does have a cafe called the Rendezvous Café which has lunch options available for purchase. Food and drink are not allowed in galleries. Menu is viewable here.

Can I bring my own lunch?          

Guests are welcome to bring their lunches to the History Colorado Center. Tables are located on the third floor or outside. Food and drink are not allowed in galleries.

Is photography allowed?             

Bring a camera! There will be opportunities for photography.With the exception of reporters on assignment escorted by staff, cameras must be handheld and no flash photography or tripods are allowed. For media requests please contact Brooke Gladstone, public relations, at brooke.gladstone@state.co.us.

Does your building have elevators          

Yes. They are located on the left side of the Main Entrance on Broadway.

Are wheelchairs available?         

The History Colorado Center is ADA compliant. Wheelchairs are available for check-out with a valid ID at the information desk in the museum lobby.

Can I rent a locker?        

Guest lockers are available in the coatroom off the atrium for 25-cents. We have limited large lockers for suitcases or large backpacks. So please plan ahead.

Are strollers allowed in the museum?   

Strollers are allowed throughout the museum.

Do you have a lost and found?  

The museum does have a lost and found. If you have lost an item please contact security at 303-866-2138.

Are pets allowed in the museum?           

Pets are not allowed in the museum. Only service animals are allowed in the museum.