Ghost Town Museum
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum | ©Mariana Wagner/Flickr
First inhabited by Native Americans, the state of Colorado has over 13,000 years of rich history. It’s unsurprising that a vibrant local culture has subsequently developed. These are ten can’t miss museums in the area.
Located within cultural hub Alamo Square Park, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the local Pikes Peak region. The featured exhibits are on a variety of topics and people; discover pottery, photographs, paintings, and more. Many of the galleries are interactive, making them fantastic places for kids to explore. The museum works in tandem with a research center, so you can enjoy old maps and blueprints, newspapers, town photos, and more. There are occasional events that take place, as well as summer programs and volunteer opportunities. Be sure to check out the exhibits that focus on Native American and African American history within the Pikes Peak region. Galleries that display art and information on the physical history of the land are pretty cool, too.
215 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO, USA, +1 719 385 5990
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center | ©Jacqueline Poggi/Flickr
Receiving thousands of visitors every year, the Fine Arts Center is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center offers free, daily tours so you can really make the most of your visit. Walk about the galleries and discover paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more; the various collections include pieces by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and Ansel Adams. In addition to the exhibitions, the museum features a performing arts department and houses a theatre company. So, you can enjoy a live play, musical, or dance performance. There are even occasional films. Finally, the arts center also consists of an art school, providing cultural education to the community. The FAC is part of the Colorado College campus, so don’t be surprised if you see students walking around.
30 W. Dale St. Colorado Springs, CO, USA, +1 719 634 5583
Steam Engine at Western Museum of Mining & Industry | ©Carl & Peggy Backes/Flickr
Cucuru Gallery & Café is a restaurant cafe that serves soups, salads, sandwiches, tapas, and desserts. There is also a full-service bar, extensive wine and beer list, and a full selection of coffees and teas. When you’ve finished dining, explore the five rooms of art. The gallery displays work from international and local artists, including paintings and photographs. Some of the pieces, especially Cuban art, are available for purchase, so if something catches your eye, you might be able to take it home. Cucuru Gallery hosts a number of fun events all year long, most of which are live musical performances, special dinner parties, gallery openings for newly acquired works, and dance classes.
2332 W. Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs, CO, USA, +1 719 520 9900