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Best History Museums in Denver

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Black American West Museum & Heritage Center

This museum, which started as a personal collection, explores a missing passage in the history of America. Through its exhibits of photographs and artifacts you learn that one-third of America's cowboys were African-American, and that the African-American pioneers were among some of the nation's earliest millionaires. African-Americans were an important part of the westward migration and you can learn all about it here.

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.

Denver, CO, United States
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science

This museum is one of the city's most popular attractions, drawing almost two million visitors a year. There are permanent displays on North American Tribes, Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits such as Ramses II and Imperial Tombs of China. An IMAX cinema, gift shop and cafe are also on-site.

Denver, CO, United States
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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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Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum

This museum occupies Hangar Number One on Lowry Campus, formerly known as the Lowry Air Force Base. Here, visitors can view 31 aircraft, from a World War II Corsair to the B1A Bomber. The museum also houses extensive exhibits on the history of Lowry Air Force Base, World Wars I and II, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and even the Hubbell Telescope. A display on the science of flight includes a space station simulator.

Denver, CO, United States
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Dinosaur Ridge

Visit this unique museum and visitor's center to see dinosaur bones from the Jurassic period and more than 300 dinosaur footprints from the Cretaceous period. Plus, discover the secrets of how the Rocky Mountains were formed more than 70-million years ago. This two-mile long excursion into the past is a perfect outing for the entire family. Free maps for self guided tours are available at the visitor center. Guided tours are also available.

Morrison, CO, United States
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