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Best Local History & Culture in Denver

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Denver Firefighters Museum

Back in 1909, Fire Station Number One housed Denver's Engine Company Number One. The building is now home to the Denver Firefighters Museum which preserves, exhibits and celebrates the rich firefighting history of the city. The museum houses over 30,000 exhibits, including firemen related documents and photographs dating back to the 1860s, various antique firefighting equipment and other memorabilia. There are various activities that visitors, especially children, can partake in from engaging in hands-on activities like fire prevention techniques, children's pole, to trying on firefighting gear, calling 911 and more.

Denver, CO, United States
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Byers-Evans House Museum

Guided tours take visitors through one of the city's oldest and most elegant homes, within walking distance of downtown. Rocky Mountain News founder William Byers built the red-brick Victorian home in 1883, and six years later, the son of John Evans, the state's second territorial governor, purchased it. Byers-Evans House Museum hosts a lot of exhibitions on a regular basis. The museum store has gifts and books for people of all ages. The store maintains a good selection of Van Briggle art pottery, made in Colorado Springs.

Denver, CO, United States
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Molly Brown House Museum

This restored Victorian mansion, once the home of legendary Denver resident Maggie (Molly) Brown now serves as a popular museum that attracts more than 40,000 visitors a year. The museum explores the eccentric life of the 'Unsinkable Molly Brown,' a Titanic survivor and eminent figure in the city's Gold Rush heritage. After the tour, browse around the gift shop and check out the selection of t-shirts, books and other memorabilia. There are guided tours available and regular special events and performances also take place.

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History Colorado Center

For an insight into Colorado's rich history, there's no better place to visit than the History Colorado Center in the Golden Triangle area of Denver. Dedicated to preserving the past in order to inform the future, this center features a myriad of exhibits, artifacts, hands-on displays and more. Visitors can hop into the steampunk time machine complete with a virtual countdown clock that will take you to places like Leadville Ice Palace, Tomato Wars of the 1820s and many other historic points in time.

Denver, CO, United States
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Museo de Las Americas

This art museum, located just south of downtown, contains a stunning replica of the Aztec Sunstone created with 4,400 pieces of wood. As the only Latin American museum in the state, it helps preserve the history of the Latino art experience in America by offering Spanish Colonial works as well as many contemporary pieces of varying mediums. Surrounded by restaurants and eclectic shops, the museum makes for a pleasant, informative day trip from downtown.

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Mizel Museum

The Mizel Museum examines and reflects upon the values of the Jewish religion and culture. Wandering around the place feels almost sacred, and the hallowed halls display art that is as forceful as it is beautiful. Utilizing art to explore social injustice, community, history, and healing, the museum takes you on a quest for understanding the basic elements of humanity. The museum's permanent collection features the popular Bridges of Understanding exhibit. This interactive presentation teaches the importance of tolerance, and seeks to show unifying factors between seemingly diverse cultures.

Denver, CO, United States
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