Denver's Union Station with welcome sign

Our plan to welcome you back, safely

Safe and Welcome 2020

History Colorado is a 141-year-old organization. We have endured through several crises not unlike what we face today. We draw strength from this legacy as we move forward in partnership with our communities and guests.

As we begin the gradual re-welcoming of guests to the History Colorado museums statewide, we place the safety and well-being of our staff and visitors at highest priority. In developing appropriate protocols and procedures, History Colorado will follow the recommended guidelines of the CDC and state and local government officials, but it is only with your cooperation as a guest that we can succeed in this re-opening.

Below you will find important information you will need for your visit!

 

 

Our Museums

Select a tab below for information specific to the museum you plan to visit.

Center for Colorado Women's History (Denver)

Members
Hours:
Monday, 11:30 am-3:30 pm (Members only through August 31!)
Sunday, Friday, Saturday, 11:30 am-3:30 pm

Contact: 303-620-4933

What is currently on view?
Guests can explore the house with a museum host to answer questions and help navigate the house. Most rooms of the home will be open with minimal written signage or gallery guides. The full narrated tour is not available at this time.

How do I purchase tickets?
To ensure safe social distancing at all times, capacity is limited. You must purchase a timed ticket in advance or make a member reservation prior to your visit. No tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

  • Member reservations for a specific date and time are available here. Please have your membership ID ready.
  • General admission tickets to the Center for Colorado Women's History are available here. For those unable to purchase tickets online, please call us at 303/620-4933

Preparing for your visit
By purchasing a ticket to our museums you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:

  • If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. You can contact the reservations coordinator 303/866-2394, we will work with you to reschedule your visit.
  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit. Please bring one with you.
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your ticketed time.

What is currently on view?
In addition to our gallery, currently showing our Bold Women. Change History. exhibit, we offer modified house tours for up to four people per hour. 

How do I get to you? Where can I park?
The use of local public transit is currently recommended for essential travel only. Parking meters and city-owned parking garages, including the nearby Cultural Center Complex Garage at 65 W. 12th Ave., remain accessible to the public. The Art Garage at 1200 Lincoln St is also one block away.

Is there special access available to members?
We are pleased to offer members-only admission on Mondays from 11:30 am-3:30 pm. Member tickets to the Center for Colorado Women’s History are available here.

El Pueblo History Museum (Pueblo)

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Contact: 719-583-0453

Member reservations for a specific date can be made by calling 719-583-0453. Please have your membership ID ready.
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Preparing for your visit
By purchasing a ticket to our museums you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:

  • If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. You can contact the front desk at 719-583-0453, we will work with you to reschedule your visit.
  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit.

What is currently on view?
Our exhibits, including Borderlands of Southern Colorado, Children of Ludlow, and the Museum of Memory are currently open with social distancing measures in place.

Can I visit the Trading Post?
The Trading Post will be open for small group tours at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm Monday-Saturday. 

What will Hands-On History summer camp look like?
El Pueblo History Museum will host summer camp weekly from July 6 through August 7 for up to 10 children per week. 

Hands-On History @Home Summer Camp Kits are also available starting the week of June 15 while supplies last. Reserve your kit here.

Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center (Fort Garland)

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm
Contact: 719-379-3512

Member reservations for a specific date can be made by calling 719-379-3512. Please have your membership ID ready.
Get tickets

Preparing for your visit
By purchasing a ticket to our museums you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:

  • If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. You can contact the front desk at 719-379-3512, we will work with you to reschedule your visit.
  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit. Please bring one with you.

What is currently on view?
All exhibits are currently open and up to 10 visitors are allowed in each of our historic adobe buildings at a time. Our library and fiber studio are open by appointment for limited numbers of guests.

What will Hands-On History summer camp look like?
More information coming soon.

Fort Vasquez (Platteville)

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am-4 pm
Contact: 970-785-2832

Tickets:
Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $4 for children, and $3 for seniors.

Preparing for your visit
By purchasing a ticket to our museums you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:

  • If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home.
  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit. Please bring one with you.

Where do I park? How do I get to you?
Park in the north parking lot and enter the fort through the north gate. The South entrance will be reserved for deliveries during business hours.

What is currently on view?
The outdoor portions of Fort Vasquez are open. Our gallery and store is currently limited to no more than 6 visitors practicing social distancing spacing at a single time.

Do you have special hours for the elderly and other at-risk individuals?
10-11 am daily. 

What will Hands-On History summer camp look like?
Fort Vasquez will not host Hands-On History summer camp this year. 
 

Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin (Leadville)

Hours: Thursday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm
Contact: 719-486-0487

Member reservations for a specific date can be made by calling 719-486-0487. Please have your membership ID ready.
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Preparing for your visit
By purchasing a ticket to our museums you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:
  • If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. You can contact the front desk at 719-486-0487, we will work with you to reschedule your visit.
  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit. Please bring one with you.
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your ticketed time.

What is currently on view?
In addition to our beautiful heritage gardens and views of the City of Leadville and the Collegiate Peaks Range, we offer Healy House tours for small affiliated groups of 5 or less at a time. Limited access to the Dexter Cabin interior.

History Colorado Center (Denver)

Hours:
Monday, Members only (including History Buffs10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
 

Contact: 303/447-8679

How do I purchase tickets?
To ensure safe social distancing at all times, capacity is limited. You must purchase a timed ticket in advance or make a member reservation prior to your visit. No tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

  • Member reservations for a specific date and time are available here. Please have your membership ID ready.
  • General admission tickets to the History Colorado Center are available here. For those unable to purchase tickets online, please call us at 303/866-2394

Preparing for your visit
By purchasing a ticket to our museums you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:

  • If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. You can contact the reservations coordinator 303/866-2394, we will work with you to reschedule your visit.
  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit. Please bring one with you.
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your ticketed time.

During your visit

  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit.
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines, staying at least six feet away from guests not in your party.
  • History Colorado will manage capacity in the building.
  • Touch with your eyes! During this time, we are removing access to many of the hands-on elements including the Keota Barn. We know the Barn is a favorite of many of our younger guests, but this is for everyone’s safety that we are making these temporary changes and we hope you will understand.

What is currently on view?

Where do I park? How do I get to you?
The use of local public transit is currently recommended for essential travel only. Parking meters and city-owned parking garages, including the nearby Cultural Center Complex Garage at 65 W. 12th Ave., remain widely accessible to the public. Guests can use SpotHero to locate and reserve parking in advance.

Can I bring food and drink?
Please bring water! We are unable to offer drinking fountains at this time. You are welcome to bring food, however we ask that you please consume all food outside to ensure safe social distancing.

Is there special access available to members?
We are pleased to offer members-only admission on all Mondays, 10 am – 5 pm History Colorado Center and the Center for Colorado Women’s History. Member tickets to the History Colorado Center are available here.

Accessibility at HCC 
At the History Colorado Center, we want all of our visitors to feel welcome. Here’s how we try to be accessible to everyone. If you have additional questions you can email us hc_guestservices@state.co.us or call 303-HISTORY.

Café Rendezvous 
The café will be open with adjusted capacity and operations in accordance with state and local guidance.

Thank you for choosing to revisit and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Trinidad History Museum (Trinidad)

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Contact: 719-846-7217

Member reservations for a specific date can be made by calling 719-846-7217. Please have your membership ID ready.
Get tickets

Preparing for your visit
By purchasing a ticket to our museums you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:

  • If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. You can contact the front desk at 719-846-7217, we will work with you to reschedule your visit.
  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit. Please bring one with you.

What is currently on view?
The Santa Fe Trail Museum, including the new Borderlands of Southern Colorado: Remedios, Medicine, and Health is currently open to groups of 10 or fewer, as are our heritage gardens and grounds. The Bloom Mansion and Baca House are closed until further notice.

What will Hands-On History summer camp look like?
Trinidad History Museum will host summer camp weekly from July 6 through August 28 for up to 10 children per week. Find more information here.

Ute Indian Museum (Montrose)

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-4:30 pm; Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
Contact: 970-249-3098

Member reservations for a specific date can be made by calling 970-249-3098. Please have your membership ID ready.
Get tickets

Preparing for your visit
By purchasing a ticket to our museums you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:

  • If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. You can contact the front desk at 970-249-3098, we will work with you to reschedule your visit.
  • All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit. Please bring one with you.

What is currently on view?
Our exhibits are currently open with social distancing guidelines in place.

What will Hands-On History summer camp look like?
Hands-On History @ Home Summer Camp Kits will be available starting the week of July 6. Reserve your kit here.

 

Can I touch things?

Touch with your eyes! Hands-on elements of exhibits have been removed or modified for your safety. Hand sanitizer or other forms of protection are provided in conjunction with any elements of the museum that must be touched (such as bathroom doors).

Can I visit the Stephen H. Hart Research Center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, or the State Historical Fund?

Starting July 6th, the Stephen H. Hart Research Center will be open by appointment on Mondays—for History Colorado members only—and on Wednesdays and Fridays for all. Researchers can fill out this form to request an appointment, or email cosearch@state.co.us with any questions.

The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) and the State Historical Fund are open but staff remains off-site. We have a variety of alternative ways to offer assistance. Please email oahp@state.co.us or hc_shf@state.co.us with questions.

Are you hosting special events and programs?

Our larger gatherings remain online. You can find details about our digital experiences here

Is History Colorado hosting summer camps?

We plan to offer summer camps under the official state guidelines. History Colorado staff is working with state daycare officials to determine the best path forward so that we can provide this important community service. In-person summer camps are scheduled to begin on July 6th. We will share more information soon.

We are now offering Summer Camp Kits! Each week we will provide you with everything you need to do our Hands-On History Summer Camp @ Home, from supplies and craft activities to ideas for getting outside and exploring your neighborhood. We will also hold Virtual Camp sessions to do the activities together on Zoom each weekday morning at 10:00am MT for kit participants only. Please check out the Summer Camp Kits page for more information.

I have further questions. Who can I contact?

Our membership team remains available to help members with any questions they might have. Members can reach the office at 303-866-3639 or membership@state.co.us

For questions regarding private rental events please visit historycoloradoevents.com.

For more information, please visit your museum location above.

Thank you! 

We stand in service to Colorado with care for our state community. We strive to offer a place of belonging for all Coloradans and serve as a platform for community connection. We will make Colorado’s history accessible, connect people to Colorado and our past to cultivate an informed future, serve as the trusted leader in helping people understand what it means to be a Coloradan, remain stewards of Colorado’s historic treasures, and serve as resources for students, teachers and families.