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Visitor FAQs: Hours, ticket prices, parking, discounts, and more
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Parking meters and surface parking lots are available in the blocks surrounding the History Colorado Center. Covered parking is available Art Garage, adjacent to the former Art Institute of Colorado building on 12th and Lincoln. Parking is NOT available in the covered lot right next to the museum. Click here to learn more about accessibility. We do not validate parking.
History Colorado Center is located downtown where lots of festivals and events happen, which can make parking more limited. Before you visit us, you may want to see what's happening on this page.
Members Only Parking Discount:
We are now pleased to offer discount parking for all History Colorado members at the Art Garage. Cruise in at your convenience! Adjacent to the former Art Institute of Colorado building on 12th and Lincoln, the Art Garage is located right behind the History Colorado Center at 1268 Lincoln Street.
Word to the wise! The Art Garage (1268 Lincoln Street) is not located at the Art Hotel (1201 Broadway).
All-day covered parking is just $6 for History Colorado members with validation.
After parking, simply ask for a voucher at museum reception to receive your discount.
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.
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. On Veterans Day, we offer receive free admission to veterans and their families (up to 5 people) and 50% off memberships (valid only on site and on new memberships).
Denver youth, ages 5 – 18, and all DPS students, can access recreation centers, pools and cultural facilities (including History Colorado Center) 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 25, 2021), Colorado Day (August 1, 2021), Smithsonian Museum Day (September 18, 2021), and Night at the Museums (November 6, 2021).
History Colorado is not funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) that helps many cultural facilities in Denver offer free days. However, thanks to our donors and sponsors we are still able to offer these free days for the community.
Do you donate museum passes?
You can get more information about making donation requests here.
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.
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 John Eding at email@example.com.
Does your building have elevators?
Yes. They are located on the left side of the Main Entrance on Broadway.
The museum does have a lost and found. If you have lost an item please contact security at 303-866-2138.
Do you have lockers for visitor to use?
We have both small and large lockers for visitors. The small lockers require a quarter to lock, but once you return the key, you will get your quarter back. You can check out the large lockers from the front desk with a valid ID.
Are pets allowed in the museum?
Pets are not allowed in the museum. Only service animals are allowed in the museum.