The State of Colorado has a rather wild history - both before and after it had become the 38th state. The discovery of gold and silver brought many people to the area for all the wrong reasons, as well as many people just looking for a new life - and adventure. The Colorado History Museum is the place in Denver, CO, to see and learn about this great history.
The Colorado History Museum is only a part of the Colorado Historical Society. This organization has a total of twelve historic sites that are at ten different locations. The Colorado History Museum and the Byers-Evans House Museum are the only two that are in Denver. The other ones are scattered throughout the state.
Among the many exhibits that are regularly on display, a visitor will find exhibits dealing with various Indian groups. This includes the Anasazi, and more, and relics of gold mining and pioneering in the state. Furniture from that time is also on display, as well as minerals, and much more. A library is also available to visitors.
One of the exhibits that will be showing until March 28th, 2010 is called Allen True's West. He worked as a muralist from 1912 to 1950, and painted a number of great scenes depicting the growth of Colorado. One of his series of paintings, called Indian Memories, will be available for viewing at the Museum, along with other ones that he did over the years.
There are also special programs just for the kids. These programs enable the children to get a feel for the state's history. Two of these include the Hit the Road summer and the History Express Saturday program. Some of these are at various locations and may include renowned speakers.
The museum is getting ready to relocate. It will shut its doors at the current location on March 29, 2010, and will then move to the new History Colorado Center - just one block south. Until the new Museum location opens, there is no cost to visit the museum.
The museum offers a number of programs for teachers in the way of materials (trunks, online resources, etc.) and tours. This is a great way to supplement instruction to bright young minds and enable them to glimpse some of what really happened in Colorado. Guided tours, and other educational helps and classes are not available until the move is completed.
The museum can be rented for weddings, and other special events, too. This can certainly provide you with the unique event that you want. The maximum capacity is 1,000 people, and there are several meeting rooms of different sizes. It is also within easy walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center.
Currently, the Colorado History Museum in Denver, CO is located near the Denver Art Museum and the Civic Center Park. The hours for the museum are from 10 AM until 5 PM on Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, it is open from noon until 5 PM. It is closed on major holidays.