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Historic House Museums in Colorado

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Colorado current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Colorado that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Berthoud

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McCarty-Fickelm Home Museum

645 7th Street
Berthoud, CO  80513
Phone: (970) 532-1916

Year Built: 1916
Admission Price: $5.00 for adults, $10 for lunch
Hours: Please call

A beautiful house built by master crafters in 1916. Open for tours, events, and teas. Join us the first Friday of the month for a luncheon in a unique setting!

Breckenridge

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Alice G. Milne House and Memorial Park

102 N. Harris St.
Breckenridge, CO  80424
Phone: (970) 453-9767

Year Built: 1880
Admission Price: Free admission. $5 suggested donation.
Hours: June - September, hours vary.

John and Maggie McNamara built the first two rooms of this house - the back parlor and the kitchen - in 1880. They added the larger front parlor and front bedroom in 1885/86. The bedroom off the kitchen and the clapboard on three exterior walls were added around the turn of the century. This house is one of two small houses in a Victorian lawn setting that has been dedicated as a public park and National Historic Site. The Milne House is a clapboard sided home that was build in the early 1880's, and the smaller Eberline House was built in the 1870's and is one of Breckenridge’s oldest homes.

Barney Ford House Museum

Barney Ford House Museum

111 East Washington Ave.
Breckenridge, CO 
Phone: (970) 453-9767

Year Built: 1882
Admission Price: call for info
Hours: call for info

Visit this 1882 Victorian home in downtown Breckenridge. It was recently restored as a tribute to Barney L. Ford who was the son of a Virginia slave. Barney Ford escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad and achieved success in Breckenridge and throughout the west as a prominent businessman, civic leader, black rights advocate, and mine owner.

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Edwin Carter Museum

111 N. Ridge St.
At the corner of Wellington &
Breckenridge, CO  80424
Phone: (970) 453-9767

Year Built: 1875
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

Edwin Carter came to Breckenridge in 1868 seeking gold and fortune, but his goals changed when he saw the devastation mining had on the environment and local wildlife. Carter became a taxidermist and collected thousands of Rocky Mountain animal specimens in his museum, which doubled as his home. Scientists from all over the world came to Breckenridge to see Carter’s collection. Carter worked and lived in his museum for 25 years. When he passed away in 1900, Carter's collection of almost 3,300 Colorado wildlife specimens formed the nucleus of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The Edwin Carter Museum reopened in May, 2009, after undergoing a major rehabilitation. The “new” museum features interactive displays and exhibits for people of all ages.

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William H. Briggle House

104 N. Harris St.
Breckenridge, CO  80424
Phone: (970) 453-9767

Year Built: 1896
Admission Price: Free admission. $5 suggested donation.
Hours: June - September, hours vary.

In addition to being a rough and tumble mining camp, Breckenridge was also a Victorian town where gentlemen and ladies socialized at each others’ homes. One of the largest and best-appointed houses was owned by socialites William and Kathleen Briggle. In 1898, they bought an 1896 one-room log cabin and immediately enlarged it by six rooms downstairs and three rooms upstairs. The exterior of the house was adorned to signify wealth and prominence. Dark-green trim represents dollar bills; silver, incorporated into the primer, lies underneath the white clapboard. Large windows in the dining room and front parlor resemble bank windows. Inside are luxuries that further differentiated the Briggles from most townspeople. Today, the Briggle House has been restored to its original Victorian style, giving visitors a glimpse into the life of one of Breckenridge’s more affluent families.

Denver

Byers-Evans House Museum

Byers-Evans House Museum

1310 Bannock Street
Denver, CO  80204
Phone: (303) 620-4933

Year Built: 1883
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, Mon-Sat

Step into the past at the Byers-Evans House Museum. The house was built in 1883 by Rocky Mountain News publisher Williams Byers and sold in 1889 to the family of William Gray Evans, an officer of the Denver Tramway Company. This distinctive house museum has been beautifully restored to the period between 1912 and 1924, and it is decorated with the original furnishings.

Four Mile Historic Park

Four Mile Historic Park

715 South Forest St
Denver, CO  80246
Phone: (720) 865-0800

Year Built: 1859
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3
Hours: 12-4pm, Wed-Sun

Nestled on the banks of Cherry Creek, the Four Mile House was the last stop coming west to Denver along the Cherokee Trail. It was a welcome site for the weary travelers, a place to wash off the trail dust, have a drink of cool fresh water, find a home-cooked meal, or spend the night before heading in to Denver. The house was built in 1859 by the Brantner brothers who planned to settle in the area.

Historic Fort Logan

Historic Fort Logan

3742 West Princeton Circle
Denver, CO  80236
Phone: (303) 789-3568

Year Built: 1889
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 1pm-4pm, 3rd Sat of the month

The Field Officer's quarters is being restored to its original 1889 appearance.

Molly Brown House

Molly Brown House

1340 Pennsylvania Street
Denver, CO  80203
Phone: (303) 832-4092

Year Built: 1889
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Children $4
Hours: See their website

It is fitting that Molly Brown's house is now a museum, as not only is she well known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic, but she was also Denver's first preservationist. In 1930 she purchased poet Eugene Field's home and gave it to Denver. In 1970, Historic Denver, Inc. was founded to save Molly's house from demolition. The 1889 stone Queen Anne has been restored to its 1910 appearance, since the interior was photographed during that year.

The Governor\'s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion

The Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion

400 E. 8th Ave
Denver, CO  80203
Phone: (303) 866-3681

Year Built: 1908
Admission Price: free
Hours: See their website

The Colorado Governor's Residence began as a landmark private home, was transformed into a display of old-world elegance and remains one of the west's true treasure houses as it approaches its second century. Part executive residence, part repository of museum-quality furnishings and objects d'art, the house is a meeting place for the past and the future.

Evergreen

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Hiwan Homestead Museum

4208 S. Timbervale Dr.
Evergreen, CO  80439
Phone: (720) 497-7650

Year Built: 1893
Admission Price: Free except large prebooked tours and prebooked ed
Hours: 12-5 Sept.-May, 11-5 June-Aug. Tue. -Sun.

Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 25-room log mansion built in the Rustic architectural style between 1893 and 1942. Known as Camp Neosho by the Douglas family from 1893 to 1939, the site was renamed the Hiwan Ranch by the second owners, the Buchanan family. Purchased by Jefferson County Open Space Department in 1974, the Museum opened in 1975 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum complex includes the log lodge and four original outbuildings. Hiwan Homestead's outstanding collections include Southwestern Native American Weavings, baskets, and ceramics collected by the original owners, and an international antique doll collection. Museum staff and volunteers present many educational programs, special events, summer day camp, childrens' and adult craft classes, and changing exhibits.

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Hiwan Homestead Museum

4208 South Timbervale Drive
Evergreen, CO  80439
Phone: (720) 497-7650

Year Built: 1888
Admission Price: Free
Hours: Tues - Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM

Hiwan's restored 1890-1930 era rooms illustrate a comfortable style of early mountain summer home living. As a local history museum, it maintains active craft and interpretive school programs as well as changing exhibitions, which are sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Humphrey Memorial Park & Museum

Humphrey Memorial Park & Museum

620 S. Soda Creek Road
Evergreen, CO  80437
Phone: (303) 674-5429

Year Built: 1870
Admission Price: $5
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm

The Humphrey Museum and ranch was started by J.J. Clarke in the 1870s as a cattle ranch. Mr. Clarke built a small log cabin where he lived during the summers. After Mr. Clarke's death, the family sold more than 350 acres to the Humphreys in the 1920s. For the remainder of the 20th Century, the Humphreys lived and ranched the beautiful Evergreen land, adding on to the original log cabin and raising horses, burros, goats and other small animals. Today the ranch buildings, the house museum, the gift shop, and the remaining 43 acres comprise the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum.

Fairplay

South Park City Museum

South Park City Museum

100 4th Street
Fairplay, CO  80440
Phone: (719) 836-2387

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children $4
Hours: See their website

This recreated mining town was built in 1957. Some of the buildings are in their original locations, others were moved from the surrounding areas to the park. Over 30 buildings are open, with 4 homes showing the pioneer lifestyle.

Fraser

Cozens Ranch House

Cozens Ranch House

Hwy. 40
Fraser, CO 
Phone: (970) 726-5488

Year Built: 1876
Admission Price: call
Hours: call

An 1876 ranch house, stagestop and post office.

Georgetown

The Hamill House

The Hamill House

305 Argentine Street
Georgetown, CO  80444
Phone: (303) 569-2840

Year Built: 1867
Admission Price: Adults $4, Seniors/Students $3
Hours: See their website

Originally a small cottage, this property was built by Joseph Watson in 1867 and later remodeled and vastly enlarged by his British brother-in-law William Arthur Hamill in 1879. The Hamill House presents the public with the elegant, spacious lifestyle of a silver mining magnate. Owner of extensive mining properties, Hamill's management of the famous and profitable Dives-Pelican and Terrible mining properties made him one of the best known mining men in the state of Colorado and the West.

Greeley

Meeker Museum

Meeker Museum

1324 9th Avenue
Greeley, CO  80631
Phone: (970) 350-9220

Year Built: 1870
Admission Price: Free
Hours: See their website

A two-story adobe house built in 1870 for Nathan C. Meeker, the founder of Greeeley.

Hugo

Lincoln County's Hedlund House Museum

Lincoln County's Hedlund House Museum

617 3rd Avenue
Hugo, CO  80821
Phone: (719) 740-0106

Year Built: 1877
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10am-6pm Sat, 1-5pm Sun, Memorial Day to Labor Day

An old family home has been restored with authentic antique pieces and features a costume room with clothing dating back to the 1800s.

Leadville

Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin

Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin

912 Harrison Avenue
Leadville, CO  80461
Phone: (719) 486-0487

Year Built: 1878
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors $5.50, Children $4.50
Hours: See their website

August R. Meyer's 1878 Greek Revival clapboard house (now called Healy House) was built for his bride, Emma. The home features lavish Victorian furnishings collected in Leadville, including objects belonging to silver tycoon Horace and Augusta Tabor, along with other Leadville pioneers.

Pueblo

Rosemount Museum

Rosemount Museum

419 West 14th Street
Pueblo, CO  81003
Phone: (719) 545-5290

Year Built: 1893
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $4
Hours: 10am-4pm, Tue-Sat

Built in 1893, this 37-room mansion was home to the John A. and Margaret Thatcher family and named for Mrs. Thatcher's favorite flower. It remained a family residence for 75 years. Designed by noted New York architect Henry Hudson Holly and two years under construction, the mansion was completed in 1893. Nearly all furnishings, accessories, decorative arts, paintings custom paneling, wall and window treatments are original to the home.

Trinidad

Trinidad History Museum

Trinidad History Museum

312 East Main Street
Trinidad, CO  81082
Phone: (719) 846-7217

Year Built: 1882
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Children $3
Hours: see their website

Explore Trinidad’s past and its place in the American West at the Trinidad History Museum. The museum features several attractions on one block in Trinidad's acclaimed historic district. Landmark homes, local treasures, and lovely gardens make the Trinidad history Museum a great place to spend the day.

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