Colorado has many popular museumsColorado is a state that has a proud cultural, social and scientific history. Boasting no less than 13 absolutely first class museums, the state is a metaphorical gold mine for anybody looking to learn more about history and the world in which they live.

The Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History should undoubtedly be one of the first stops for those who are interested in visiting the museums of the local area. While the museum is run in collaboration with the University of Colorado in Boulder, it deserves to be visited regardless of whether or not you currently study there. It is a great place for the whole family to visit as it offers everything from kid’s fun tours to educational trips and even offers an outstanding graduate program to those who study at the University. In addition to all this, the Museum of Natural History’s long term anthropology hall exhibition has been heralded as the best exhibition of ‘Peoples from the American Southwest’ within the whole of America.

The Museum of Western Colorado

This is the largest multi-disciplinary museum within the state. It currently includes three major museum facilities, three active outdoor paleontology sites, an educational center and a respected research library. Over 117,000 people visit the museum annually, making it the busiest museum in Colorado. Its $6 entrance fee is more than fair considering the range of tours it offers including dinosaur expeditions, extensive educational programming and historic and cultural trips and tours. The museum offers a great fountain of knowledge for those who are focused on outdoor study and scientific research within Colorado.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

This 109 year old museum is located within the former El Paso County Courthouse and gives a great insight into the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region with its exhibits emphasizing the unique character of this uncommon Front Range region. As the focal point of the city’s lovely downtown, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum draws around 75,000 people annually, many of these are students who study within the area as the museum offers a great foundation for learning whilst entry is free.

Other Great Museums

Whilst the three museums already noted are the largest and most popular within the area, this does not mean that the other museums are not worth visiting. There are several great art museums including the Aspen Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Centre, whilst the Denver Museum of Nature and Science should also be very appealing to those who are interested in outdoor study and scientific research.

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