March 25, 2015
History Colorado Center
Denver, CO 80203
Fees: Adults-$12, Seniors and Students-$10, Child (6-12)-$8, Child (5 and under)-Free
Hours: Open daily from 10am-5pm
Today Tanya, Diana and I visited the History Colorado Center. It was a bit different than I expected, but fun none-the-less. We arrived around 11:30 and there were several school field trip groups congregated on the floor map at the first floor entry. The map included brass discs in different parts of Colorado. Visitors may roll a time machine over each disc, pull a lever to select a year, and find out what happened at that time in history in a particular place in Colorado.
We decided to wait on the time machine activity just because the lobby area was busy. Instead we climbed to the fourth floor to see the traveling exhibits. One room featured the Chicano Movement in Colorado. Chicano lettuce workers protested for more pay.
The other room featured events that took place in 1968. There sure was a lot going on in 1968…Martin Luther King, Vietnam, Chicano Protests, 911 started, Women’s rights movement…just to name a few. It was fun to see old clothes, tv’s, and lunch boxes similar to what we once owned. I think our favorite thing was the voting machine. How archaic it appeared!
After lunch at the cafe which was reasonably good for a museum, we visited the second floor. The third floor was meeting rooms. I really enjoyed the mining exhibit. The staples of the museum were extremely interactive for children, so in the mining section, kids could place plastic dynamite sticks in the wall, press a pump, and see if they blew themselves up or found a silver vein!
Denver from A-Z was a fun exhibit too which helped visitors learn about different things special to Denver. It was a nice half-day inside while the weather switched between snow and rain. ETB