Top Museums and Things to do in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has a surprising amount of museums that all offer something unique and fun which is one of the many reasons the Colorado Springs Real Estate market is on the rise.  JUMP TO MUSEUMS

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 The amount of fun and interesting museums in Colorado Springs is absolutely incredible. There are nationally recognized museums and some of the most unique such as the May Natural History Museum where you can witness the largest private collection of bugs.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum 

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is located in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs. With the restored El Paso County Courthouse set up as a walkable museum complete with exhibits programs and free admission. This museum is great for educating both parents and kids about the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado. The Museum brings in a wealthy number of people thousands of people annually to be exact. The museum is quite the collection of artifacts, collections, pottery and some of the finest regional art you can find. Over 60,000 objects are included which include representations from native American tribes in the area such as the Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne tribes. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is located Downtown, where there are so many fun and exciting things to do. Our favorite things to do Downtown include getting a HUGE burrito at Kings Chef Diner or attending one of the many Downtown events put on the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership.

Space Foundation Discovery Center

Space Foundation Discovery Center is the museum for the Space Foundation. The Space Foundation is a nonprofit founded in Colorado Springs in 1983 and seeks to inspire, educate, connect and advocate for the global space community. The Discovery Center is focussed on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education and has incredible events for both kids and parents. The Discovery Center is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80907 near Garden of the Gods. This area of the city has many fun things to do like visit Garden of the Gods park or go to a local restaurant like EIM Thai

Peterson Air & Space Museum

Peterson Air & Space Museum is open to the public and was started in1982 at the NORAD Visitor Center. It is now located in the middle of Peterson Air Force Base in the historic district. The Museum is only one of 12 United States Air Force Museums so it is quite the special thing to pay a visit in this incredible museum. The museum has many exhibits even the original Broadmoor Hanger that was used back in 1930 when the Broadmoor Hotel was constructed they had a hangar for when guests and businessmen traveling to the Broadmoor would fly into. The City of Colorado Springs owns the hangar now. If you are heading out that way a couple of great local places to grab a bite include Grinder Sandwiches and if you like good and quick authentic Mexican food try Tlaquepaque.

4th Infantry Division Museum

4th Infantry Division Museum is located on Fort Carson and traces the history of the 4th Infantry Division from World War I days all the way up to their current days. This museum is open to the public and sits just outside Gate 1 of Fort Carson. 4th Infantry Division Museum is known to be a great place to see life-size tanks and other cool military vehicles. The Museum is located right next to Cheyenne Mountain State Park and if you love Asian Lunch Buffets like we do go check out China Doll up the street. 

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum

Florissant Fossil Beds

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

 

Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience is an interactive museum featuring a ton of hands-on exhibits with real dinosaur fossils, guided tours and a super-fun ropes course that allows kids to explore a life-size model of a T-Rex while navigating through the course set high above the ground with incredible views of the Royal Gorge Bridge and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. The Museum is a ton of fun for both kids and adults with a paleo lab, a theater, kids exhibit, and snack shop. As you walk through the Dinosaur experience's Dinosaur Wild Walk, which is located outside of the museum and features life-size replicas of dinosaurs, you will head on a journey through the history of dinosaurs and the various landscape they lived. 

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

This incredible site is not only a museum, it is also an educational, non-profit living history farm and museum that portrays how life was lived in the Pikes Peak Region in four separate time periods. There is an American Indian area that represents life in 1775. Also, is an 1860's Galloway Homestead, an 1880's Chambers Home, and Ranch as well as a 1907 Edwardian Country Estate. If you love Western history and want to get a hands-on experience the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be sure to impress. The site is located at 3203 Chambers Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 right next to Garden of the Gods Park. One of our favorite Italian deli's Mollica's is not too far away down Garden of the Gods Rd. 

Ghost Town Museum

The Ghost Town Museum is a great place for so many different reasons and occasions. We love taking the kids to the Ghost Town Museum because there are so many hands-on activities for them to do such as learning how to pan for gold and walking through an old Pikes Peak Region town complete with authentic buildings and artifacts sure to impress anyone interested in the history of the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Region. The Ghost Town Museum is also a great place to host your event. The Ghost Town Museum is located at 400 S 21st Colorado Springs, CO 80904. For a great pairing check out Colorado Mountain Brewery next door or Alfonso's for some great Mexican food with decent prices. If you can finish the Dan Pancho burrito you might as well be a food eating champion.  

Dinosaur Resource Center

Dinosaur Resource Center is an awesome place to take the kids. From prehistoric exhibits that show prehistoric fish and marine reptiles to a prehistoric paradise store the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park is a great place to take the kids. At the low price of $7.50 for children 5 - 12 and FREE for children under 4 the Dinosaur Resource Center is always a fun and educational time for the kids. The Dinosaur Resource Center is located at 201 S Fairview St, Woodland Park, CO 80863. If you are heading up in the morning our favorite place to get a sweet morning treat is the Donut Mill just up the street from the Dinosaur Resource Center.

Creek Heritage Center

Cripple Creek Heritage Center is a great resource for anyone visiting the Pikes Peak Region. The history of fortune-seekers in the late 1800s is available to get your hands on as the center's tech is up-to-date with touch display exhibits that allow you to experience this time periodd. The Center does this with some cool user experience with audio and video to help you feel like you are living in the World's Greatest Gold Camp. Others examples from this the Cripple Creek Heritage Center's 11,600-square-foot are some outdoor and nature-driven exhibits that use interactivity as well. The Cripple Creek Heritage Center is located at 9283 CO067, Cripple Creek, CO 80818. During the summer months consider driving up Old Stage Road if you really want to take the scenic route! (this is a dirt road)

National Museum of World War II Aviation

The National Museum of World War II Aviation is not only a museum it is a World War II aircraft mecca. This facility holds an area dedicated to restoring World War II planes (the building is next door and it is only available through the museum's docent-led tour). The museum is an incredible place to be inside. This 109,000 square foot museum will have plenty for aviation lovers to drool over. The National Museum of World War II Aviation is a museum but really it is an airplane hanger. Filled with spectacles that represent an important time in world history. Aviation played a big role in World War II and this museum is about as close as you can come to the real thing. The museum is located on the eastern side of Colorado Springs near Hwy 24 at 775 Aviation Way,

May Natural History Museum

The May Natural History Museum is also known as Colorado Springs Bug Museum, is known to have the largest private collection of bugs in the world. The museum is just south of Colorado Springs off of Hwy 115 south of the popular Cheyenne Mountain State Park. The museum is a pretty awesome spot for field dreams or anyone looking be fascinated by the diversity of bugs here. The May Natural History Museum is located at 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road Colorado Springs, CO 80926 Locals tip: go to one of our favorite restaurants around Juniper Valley Ranch, where you can eat like you are a guest at an old west ranch with the fare to match.

Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

If you love the art of sculptures then the Michael Garmen Museum and Gallery is sure to impress you. This guy does the most incredible sculpture work. From super detailed faces to quirky additions that make the sculptures come to life these sculptures are truly one-of-a-kind. The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery is located at in Old Colorado City at 2418 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Other things to do in Old Colorado City include eating the best Italian food in the state at Paravacini or check out Old Colorado City History Center and Museum.

Miramont Castle Museum 

The Manitou Springs Historical Society has done an incredible job preserving the Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs. This Castle is absolutely incredible. If you love historical heritage beautifully preserved for us to enjoy then you will fall in love with the Miramount Castle. The museum is open year round and has a Tearoom with an impressive menu of tea, scones, and an array of lunch items. The Miramont Castle is located at 9 Capitol Hill Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829. Other things to do in Manitou Springs include climbing the Manitou Incline and visiting the Manitou Penny Arcade. 

Western Museum of Mining & Industry

If you love to learn about the gold rush and all about the equipment used then the Western Museum of Mining & Industry is a must-see for you. The cool things about this museum are that it sits on 27 acres and offers guided tours for you to walk through and see this historic equipment from an up-close and personal perspective. The museum offers educational events and even a farmers market during the summer months. The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is located at 225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 and is open Monday - Saturday from 9 AM - 4 PM. Other things to do in this area are to visit the United States Air Force Academy or check out Palmer Lake.

World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame

The World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame holds an incredible collection of historical artifacts from the sport of Ice Skating. We're talking about the sport of Ice Skating all over the world! There are two entire floors dedicated to Ice Skating. You are allowed to take pictures and one of the most interesting things we have seen there is the wonderful displays that portray the evolution of the ice skate from 4,000 years ago to today. It is surely an impressive place to visit if you are interested in Ice Skating or not. The World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame located at 20 1st St, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 and is open from 10 AM - 4 PM Tuesday - Friday. Other things to do near the World Figure Skating Museum are to visit the Broadmoor Hotel or have a yard at the Golden Bee. It is right next door the World Figure Skating Museum!

The Money Museum

The American Numismatic Association's Money Museum is the national largest museum that is solely focussed on numismatics. From art and science to history and math the museum embodies the numismatic culture and celebrates the diversity of the driving force of society: money. The Money Museum is a site to see, from history lessons detailed with gold to free museum field trips for students and teachers and the money museum will even reimburse the school district for school bus fees! The Money Museum really loves money. They have something for casual enthusiasts to hardcore collectors. The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs. Visit the Money Museum's Information Page for details. Other things to do near the Money Museum are to check out Monument Valley Park or visit the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. 

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