New History Colorado Center Offers Innovative Look at Colorado’s Past

Sunday, May 13 2012 19:33   Museums
After more than two years of construction and development, the History Colorado Center in Denver is now open to the public.

Designed to ignite imaginations of all ages, this 200,000-square-foot, $110.8 million museum treats visitors to a rich experience of exhibits and programs blending technology, media, environments and artifacts.

colorado_historyExhibits immerse visitors in the Colorado story, from the humorous, such as the Colorado -Texas "tomato wars" of the 1980s, to the heart-wrenching 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. The new center allows visitors to dive into Colorado's past while enjoying interactives such as a virtual ride in a real Model T.

Smithsonian Affiliations Director Harold Closter describes the History Colorado Center, a recent Smithsonian Affiliate, as "the first great history museum of the twenty-first century."

"This is a museum that will be known worldwide for setting a new standard of excellence in education and enjoyment," said Closter during the History Colorado Center's ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 28, 2012. "Once you have been inside, you will never be the same."

The History Colorado Center is also a place for Colorado's educators and for civic engagement.

"The History Colorado Center is a remarkable building, but what's more important are the remarkable stories that are, and will be, told here," said Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, who directs the Colorado Department of Higher Education. "We know we will have more engaged citizens, more productive citizens, and a stronger state if we teach young people about the richness of our past."

The History Colorado Center also houses a research library, Colorado's archaeology and historic preservation offices, as well as the State Historical Fund, which all work with communities around the state to preserve Colorado's heritage.

For hours of operation, tickets, special programs and information, visit .


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