Things to Do... Places to See
McAllister House Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, this English cottage built in 1873 houses a museum, small gift shop, and carriage house on site. 423 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 719-635-7925, www.mcallisterhouse.org
No matter where you are in the Pikes Peak Region you’re sure to May Natural History Museum (The “Bug” Museum) be close to a museum, attraction or places of interest. Be it the arts, Approximately 7,000 invertebrates from the world’s tropical climates theatre, music, history or science, indoor or outdoor, fully active or are displayed, including unusual butterflies, 9” beetles and 16” stick mostly passive, there is always something to do, somewhere to visit, insects. The Museum of Space Exploration is also on site. Located and some place to call your favorite. PLEASE check to see if at 710 Rock Creek Canyon Rd., south of the city. Open May thru the location is open to the public and what protocols they are September. 576-0450, www.coloradospringsbugmuseum.com following to keep their staff and visitors safe. Also check Miramont Castle hours of operations and fees before you go because they’re Constructed in 1895 for a French priest, the castle features nine styles of subject to change, especially seasonal venues. architecture using local stone and wood. It is dedicated to preserving the Victorian But most of all – MAKE SURE YOU GO! heritage of the area. Closed Mondays September thru May. Open daily Memorial Day thru Labor Day. 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1011, www.miramontcastle.org.
Cripple Creek District Museum Located in five historic buildings, there is much to see; two Victorian apartments, log cabins, machinery, tools, extensive mineral collection, bookstore and gift shop. 5th and Bennett Ave., 689-9540, www.cripplecreekmuseum.com Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum Visit the old Teller County Jail, with cells intact, and get a feel for the raucous outlaw days of the wild west and see how the troublemakers ended up and get a glimpse of the men in charge of keeping the peace. Located on Bennett Ave. at A Street in Cripple Creek. 689-6556. Follow on Facebook. Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum This museum of extensive memorabilia is located in the Springs Fire Operations Center. Open weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weekends by appointment only. 375 Printers Parkway, Colorado Springs, 719-385-5950, www.williamsfiremuseum.com Fine Arts Center at Colorado College One of the first facilities to house both the visual and performing arts, the Center contains two unique museum collections, a theater for performing arts, the Bemis School of Art with art classes for children and adults, library, restaurant and museum shop. Admission for non-members; entrance to gift shop is free. The shop features authentic Native American pottery, baskets and jewelry, Hispanic artwork and a selection of books and cards. At the corner of Dale and Cascade Ave., 6345581, www.fac.coloradocollege.edu. Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Exhibits and programs at two locations: Marie Walsh Sharpe GOCA in the Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., and in the Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs. 255-3504, www.gocadigital.org
Money Museum The largest collection in the U.S. dedicated to the art, history and science of money. Exhibits of gold and silver coins, tokens, medals and paper money from ancient to modern times. 818 N. Cascade, on the campus of Colorado College. 800-367-9723, www.money.org Museum of Colorado Prisons 32 cells filled with exhibits including life size models; explores the history of Colorado corrections. 201 N. 1st Street, Canon City, 719-269-3015 www.prisonmuseum.org Pikes Peak Streetcar Museum and Restoration Shop Dedicated to the local history of the regions trains and trolley cars featuring an 1888 Rock Island Roundhouse, D&RGW narrow gauge railroad sleeper restoration, original street cars and rides. 2333 Steel Drive, Colorado Springs, 719-475-9508 www.coloradospringstrolleys.com Old Colorado City Historical Society and History Center A church built in the 1890’s houses artifacts, photos, research library and gift shop that tell the story of the people and businesses that founded early El Paso County. Programs and tours are offered. Located at 1 S. 24th St. Call for hours. 636-1225, www.occhs.org Old Homestead House Museum Owned by Pearl DeVere, this was the most expensive brothel in town; rumor has it she charged $250.00 a night and got it! Guided tour of nine historic rooms - open daily May - October. 353 Meyers Ave., Cripple Creek, 689-9090, www.oldhomesteadhouse.com Penrose Heritage Museum 8,500 sq. ft., adjacent to Broadmoor Hall, houses numerous carriages, 1920’s racecars, a 1928 Cadillac limousine, and a 1906 Renault, along with many antiques and artifacts. Closed Mondays. No admission charge. 11 Lake Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-577-7065, www.elpomar.org
Ghost Town Museum This authentic preservation of an Old West town 100 years ago has earned many Pioneers Museum awards and national recognition. Complete with shops, Built in 1903 as the El Paso County Courthouse, the neoclassical building blacksmith, saloon, livery stables and a chance is the principal museum of the history and culture of the Pikes Peak to pan for gold! Call the museum for Pikes Peak Summit region. 215 S.Tejon St. No charge. Tues - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 385hours and admission fee. Located at Visitor Center 5990. Visit our website at www.cspm.org 400 S. 21st Street, 634-0696, 5089 Pikes Peak Hwy., Cascade 80809 www.ghosttownmuseum.com Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame & Museum 719-385-7325 • www.coloradosprings.gov of the American Cowboy 38,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art center has exhibits inside Depicts the history of the cowboy who created rodeo, and walkways and interpretive rails around the America‘s original sport. Self-guided tours include f City Communications o y s e outside describing views and indentifying court tracing the evolution of modern rodeo; Wild West e g Ima Show exhibit; rodeo sculptures & artwork; and the landscape features. Includes a snack main Hall of Champions, displaying trophies and winbar where they serve donuts using nings of rodeo’s world champions. Hours vary seasonthe same high altitude recipe ally, call or visit online for current hours of operation. I-25 since 1916 with various at Exit 148. 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, 528-4764 toppings and trail www.prorodeohalloffame.com mix bars.