History Colorado Center

Visitor FAQs: Hours, ticket prices, parking, discounts, and more

Thinking of making a trip to the History Colorado Center but need more details? Have questions about our ticket prices? We have the answers below 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.

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

Daily museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and closes at 3 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

What are the History Colorado Center (museum in Denver) Visitor Rules? 

The visitor rules can be found in the General Rules of the Museum document.

Where do I park? Do you validate parking?

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.

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero by visiting the History Colorado Center SpotHero Parking Page and/or downloading the SpotHero app.

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 2 to 3 hours to explore our exhibits. Gallery programming, special events, and performances will add to the length of your visit.

How much do tickets cost?

Members get in free!
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults: $14 Seniors (65+) $12, students (16-22) $10, children (5-15) $8, Children 4 and under $0
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  • Students (16-22) $10
  • Youth (5-15) $8
  • Children 4 and under free

Audio tours are available for purchase. Non-members: $5  Members: $3

What are your group rates?

We offer lower ticket prices for groups of 10 or more:

You can get more information here 
  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors (65+) $10
  • Students (16-22) $8
  • Youth (5-15) $6
  • Children 4 and under free
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. On Veterans Day, we offer free admission to veterans and their families (up to 5 people) and 50% off memberships (valid only on site and on new memberships).

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.

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.

We now have an online gift shop! Check it out here.

Do you have a cafe?

History Colorado Center 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 John Eding at john.eding@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. Click here to learn more about accessibility.

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.

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.

Do you rent space?

Yes! Find out more here.