10 Free Museums in Colorado
You can find a number of treasures at Colorado's free museums including aristocratic summer homes, planks of wood that served as primitive skis and bronze Western art. Explore the halls in these establishments to learn about Colorado's resourceful roots.
The internationally acclaimed music venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Visitor Center in Morrison has many different types of experiences to offer. Walk up the stone stairs and you'll soon see why it attracts swarms of concertgoers each year. The 30,000-square-foot visitor center offers tours as well as Colorado cuisine and an extensive performer's hall of fame where you can find autographed photos from artists such as John Denver or the Beatles.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465, USA
Whether you’re a fan of snow sports or if this is your first time on the slopes, Vail's Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame is worth a look. You can learn about winter Olympics history, Vail's history, and 10th Mountain Division in it. Vintage ski tickets and gear are available at this museum that also has an interactive mountain map exhibit as well as exhibits about skiing and snowboarding timelines to explore!
Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame231 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657, USA
The Loveland Museum/Gallery houses approximately 30 thousand objects from local artists in its three distinct quarters which keeps visitors entertained with new displays every few months- all for free! Part of the main gallery requires an admission charge but most other parts are open to everyone who visits there for no cost.
Loveland Museum503 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO 80537, USA
The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum in Golden is the place to go if you are looking for moon rocks from the Apollo 17 mission. You can view other interesting specimens, then head downstairs where there are displays on radioactivity, fossils, gemstones and meteorites. Outside of this museum is a trail featuring fossilized dinosaur tracks that will be right up your alley.
Mines Museum of Earth Science1310 Maple St, Golden, CO 80401, USA
Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen was a prized mountain retreat for Denver's 1890s aristocratic society who sought summer solace here during those years. This 25-room log lodge was placed onto the National Register of Historic Places because it has a unique construction and restored 1890 onwards era rooms indicative of early mountain-cottage living.
Hiwan Heritage Park28473 Meadow Dr, Evergreen, CO 80439, USA
The Moraine Park Museum and Amphitheater, a historic landmark near Estes Park, is a place to explore interactive exhibits on the nearly 300 000-acre park’s past and present landscape. Visit the bookstore or take part in environmental education programs at this museum that is open from early April to late October.
Moraine Park Amphitheater985-1579 Bear Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
At the University of Colorado's Museum of Natural History in Boulder, visitors delve into natural history through five exhibition galleries with dinosaur fossils as well as hands-on activities for kids at their Discovery Center.
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History1030 Broadway Street UCB 218, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
The Arvada Historical Museum in the Arvada Center for the Arts showcases and displays furniture, house utilities, tools and decorative arts to highlight its distinct agricultural heritage. Find humble 144-year-old Haines log house inside this museum along with farm equipment, clothes and books.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003, USA
Mountain West culture thrives at Frisco Historic Park where you can arrange a free guided tour of their old schoolhouse or log chapel among many other things such as shaded grounds which provide an excellent place for picnics; taking into account that it is on quaint Main Street in town! And don't forget about seeing 16 aircrafts!
Frisco Historic Park and Museum120 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443, USA
Peterson Air & Space Museum located at Colorado Springs's Peterson Air Force Base narrates aviation history through various means including education exhibits like Medal of Honor Park which commemorates significant events from World War II to present times while also displaying missile exhibits all around the base thanks mostly to volunteers who work very hard every day doing what they love most: sharing knowledge!".
Note: For security reasons, if no one in your party possesses a current military or Department of Defense ID, you must contact museum staff in advance to arrange base access.