center to the universe, hundreds of gems
and minerals from around the world, health
science exhibits, North American Indian artifacts and reconstructed dwellings, and more
than 90 wildlife habitat scenes from across
the globe. The museum also features world-class traveling exhibits, a planetarium,
IMAX® theater, library, scientific lectures,
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Foothills Art Center
809 15th St.
This 35-year-old art center is housed in
two historic buildings. Foothills I, the main
building, is known for its classic Victorian
architecture, stained glass windows and
bell tower. The 1872 First Presbyterian
Church was remodeled and joined to the
parsonage, so the present Foothills
comprises six gallery rooms under one
roof. An adjacent mansion, Foothills II, is
where small invitational shows are held,
and it contains the Gallery Shops. The art
center presents art programs and classes
and a variety of year-round exhibitions.
Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Blvd.
The Forney features more than 500
exhibits dedicated to historical transportation. Its unique collection includes Amelia
Earhart’s “Gold Bug” Kissel, Prince Aly
Khan’s Rolls Royce, and “Big Boy,” the
world’s largest steam locomotive. There
are also displays of antique cars, locomotives, buggies, carriages, wagons,
trolleys and motorcycles.
The Geology Museum at the
Colorado School of Mines
Corner of 13th and Maple Street
Got rocks? This museum houses an
extraordinary collection of mineral speci-
mens and historical mining artifacts, and
visitors can tour a reconstructed under-
ground gold mine.
Golden Pioneer Museum
923 10th St.
Founded in 1938, this museum houses
artifacts from nearby archeological sites
and pioneer days with emphasis on the
years 1859- 1930. The museum’s research
library contains historical and genealogical
volumes, documents and photographs.
Hiwan Homestead Museum
4208 S. Timbervale Drive
Hiwan’s restored 1890 to 1930-era, 17-
room log lodge paints an ideal picture of
early mountain summer home living. A local
history museum, the Hiwan also offers craft
and interpretive school programs, as well
as changing exhibits sponsored by the
Jefferson County Historical Society.
Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art
6055 Longbow Drive
See more than 300 original paintings
and bronze sculptures from the private
collection of Edward P. Trumble, chairman
and founder of Leanin’ Tree Inc. It is the
only major collection of privately-held
works of American Western art that is free
and open to the public.
Louisville Historical Museum
1001 Main St.
This museum occupies two historic buildings
constructed between 1904 and 1908. The
Jacoe Store is the main building and fea-
tures artifacts and historic photographs that
reflect Louisville’s early settlement and indus-
try, with an emphasis on the coal-mining
period from 1877 to 1955. The Tomeo
House is a replica of a coal miner’s house.
The Mizel Museum
400 S. Kearney St.
The Mizel Museum features interactive
exhibits and multicultural, Judaical immigration and holocaust exhibits. The museum’s
educational programs offer visitors a
glimpse at the ceremonies, festivals and
rites of passage of African American,
Asian Pacific, Hispanic/Latino, Jewish,
Muslim and Native American cultures.
The Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St.
This Victorian home, restored and open
for tours, was once the residence of
Denver’s own “unsinkable” Molly Brown,
survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. The
house’s artifacts date from when the
Brown’s lived there, 1894 to 1912, with
a focus on items the Brown’s would have
had in the house. A fashion collection dating
from 1867 to 1932 also is exhibited.
Morrison Heritage and Natural History
501 Colorado Highway 8
The Morrison Natural History Museum
opened in 1990 and tells the story of
Morrison’s 1877 dinosaur discoveries on
Dinosaur Ridge. The museum has exhibits
of real dinosaur bones and also houses
some of the area’s live native reptiles and
amphibians. The Morrison Heritage
Museum explores Morrison’s historic people,
places and events.