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The History Colorado Center

In the city of Denver, Colorado, the History Colorado Center is a museum structure dedicated to the history of the state of Colorado. It is located in the United States city of Denver. Construction on the $111 million skyscraper began on August 19, 2009, and is expected to be completed by December 2010. Located at 1200 Broadway, one block south of the former location of the Colorado History Museum, which shut in 2010, the museum opened its doors to the public on April 28, 2012. History Colorado, formerly known as the Colorado Historical Society, is in charge of running the center.

In addition to providing artifacts, documents, and photography to the History of Colorado Collection, the Stephen H. Hart Library & Research Center also houses a library and research center.

Maps, apparel, teapots, photography dating back to the 1850s, and news print collections holding birth, marriage, birth as well as death records are among the items included in the collections.

The History Colorado Center has 6 permanent exhibits: Colorado, Time Machine,  Stories, Living West, Colorado Denver A-Z, Destination Colorado, and the Denver Diorama. The History Colorado Center also has a rotating exhibit program. All of the exhibits provide hands-on learning opportunities for children as well as entertaining displays for adults to enjoy.

The Living West show, which occupies a space of 7,000 square feet, explores the living dynamics that exist between environment and the people of Colorado. Each section of the exhibit is separated into three sections, each of which examines a different environmental region at a different point in Colorado’s history.

Ancestral Puebloans reside in Mesa Verde, and Mesa Verde focuses on their daily lives. The show includes dioramas and artifacts, such as pottery and tools, which are on display.

Visitors to this portion of the museum will be able to experience the Black Sunday storm of the 1930s and learn about the hardships that homesteading Coloradans faced during the Dust Bowl.

In this display area, guests can marvel at some of the animals that Colorado’s mountains have to offer, as well as learn about how highways and rivers that run through the mountains have influenced life throughout the state.

Destination Colorado is centered around the once incorporated town of Keota, Colorado, which has since been decommissioned. Described as the “iconic homesteading mecca” that endured drought and famine while also being a haven of kindness and community, the town was founded in 1880.

Denver Public Television’s Colorado Stories series takes an in-depth look at some of the individuals who have shaped Colorado’s history and helped to shape the state into what it is today.

Upon entering the museum, visitors are greeted by a map of the state of Colorado that measures 40 by 60 feet. There is a whimsical exhibit that is dedicated to the city of Denver’s capital. The Denver Diorama, which is a local favorite, depicts what this major city looked like when it was just but a small town on the Colorado plains in the early 1800s.

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