The boys and I spent Easter afternoon at History Colorado Center, Colorado’s history museum. I love that place more and more every time we go. History isn’t always fun, ahem, I am taking a history class right now, but History Colorado Center makes it fascinating. And fun.
(Oh, and, hey, I just found out that there is a street near the courthouse that has free parking on Saturdays!!!! You’re welcome.)
Updated: I previously reported that April 26th was a free day, but it is not. They have one free day this year and it will be August 1.
This post is rich in photos because well, sometimes photos really do speak louder than words. But, but, but DO NOT miss my words down below by the picture of the ice cream machine.
Right now their 1968 exhibit is up through May 10, 2015. And in case you’re like us and you have wanted to get up to the fourth floor of the museum, now is your chance. You DO NOT want to miss it.
“In 1968, the death toll in the Vietnam War reached a new high. Riots and demonstrations raged across the country, Apollo 8 orbited the moon, and the nation was transformed by the tragic assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. The 1960s also charted a dramatic road in America’s pop culture. It was in 1968 that Hair opened on Broadway, “Laugh-In” debuted on television and Johnny Cash gave his famous performance at Folsom Prison.”
One of the things I love most about going to the history museum is the people. Every time we have gone I have heard fabulous stories (here is last time).
This time it was regarding this ice cream maker. My youngest asked if it was an ice maker (close!) so I explained that it was an ice cream maker that used ice. An older lady in a motorized scooter came over to us and told us about the ice cream maker and how her dad would make the best ice cream in a maker just like it. She told us that he used to put a towel over the top and have her sit on it so that the ice didn’t “pop out” while he was churning away. Her face lit up as she was telling the story. She loved it best when her mom cut up fresh strawberries from their garden and tossed them in.
She ended the story with “there were a lot of good memories made with that ice cream maker.” I always feel so incredibly honored when people share their memories and past with us. It feels pretty special to be let in on their lives.
The Living West exhibit is also fantastic. You can learn more in the post I wrote about the Living West exhibit at History Colorado.
This huge diorama of Denver is in the lobby of History Colorado Center and we always spend about 20 minutes marveling over it. They also have questions like “find the cat”, or “find the garden and beehives”. Even though we find them every time we go, we forget and search again.
With details like this, you now know why we’re in love with the Denver Diorama.
History Colorado Center is interactive, which is why the kids will not get bored!
In the Living West exhibit there is an area where you can learn how to make rope.
History Colorado is located at 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203.
Hours of operation are: 10am – 5pm (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day)
Cost: Adults are $12, Senior $10 (65 and older), Student $10 (ages 13–22 with student ID), Child $8 (ages 6–12), Child (5 and under) FREE, Members FREE
- Colorado Day – August 1, 10am-5pm