Time to start humming “Rocky Mountain High”. History Colorado Center reopens to the public with a new exhibit that pays tribute to singer-songwriter John Denver. The state’s historical museum in Downtown Denver, along with several other History Colorado museums around the state, reopen on or before June 22.
The John Denver Experience, which runs through August 16, is more than 12,000 square feet of rejuvenating whimsy. It is set amid the ambience of aspens and evergreens and backed by a soundtrack of essential John Denver songs that are punctuated with the sounds of nature.
The experience features a sunshine room, nature photographs taken by Denver, handwritten lyric sheets, concert footage, and photo ops with life-size John Denver cutouts.
On Thursday evenings, when the History Colorado Center is open until 8 p.m., guests enjoy energizing performances from local musicians and artists supported by History Colorado. Performers including Venus Cruz, DJ Slave1, the Mile High Soul Club, Barry Osborne from Swallow Hill Music, and Molina Speaks are set to appear beginning July 2.
All eight of History Colorado’s museums are returning to in-person service including the Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center (June 15) Fort Vasquez in Platteville (June 17) the Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House in Denver (June 19), El Pueblo History Museum (June 19) and Trinidad History Museum (June 19), Ute Indian Museum in Montrose (June 22) and Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin in Leadville (opening date TBD). The Georgetown Loop Railroad has also returned to service.
Here’s what else you need to know about visiting History Colorado Center
Monday, Members only through August 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — June 25 to July 30.
How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets cost $14/adults, $12/seniors (65+), $10 students (16-22 with ID), $8/child (5-15), FREE/child 4 and under.
You must purchase a timed ticket in advance or make a member reservation prior to your visit. No tickets will be available for purchase onsite.
Member reservations for a specific date and time are available here. Please have your membership ID ready.
General admission tickets to the History Colorado Center are available here. For those unable to purchase tickets online, please call us at 303/866-2394
Preparing for and during your visit
All guests over the age of three must wear a face covering during their visit. Please bring one with you.
Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your ticketed time.
Note that the museum has removed access to many of the hands-on elements including the Keota Barn.
What is currently on view?
The John Denver Experience | Through August 16, 2020
Forty Years on the ’Fax: Colfax Avenue, 1926–1966 | June 29 – ongoing
Hecho en Colorado | July 6 – January 10, 2021
Beer Here! Brewing the New West | Through August 2, 2020
Game Changers: 100 Years of Negro League Baseball | Through September 1, 2020
Where do I park?
The use of local public transit is currently recommended for essential travel only. Parking meters and city-owned parking garages, including the nearby Cultural Center Complex Garage at 65 W. 12th Ave., remain widely accessible to the public. Guests can use SpotHero to locate and reserve parking in advance.
Can I bring food and drink?
Please bring water! We are unable to offer drinking fountains at this time. You are welcome to bring food, however we ask that you please consume all food outside to ensure safe social distancing. Café Rendezvous will be open with adjusted capacity and operations in accordance with state and local guidance.