The pioneer era represents some of the best of the American spirit, with families willingly trekking out into the unknown in search of a better life. Now, there’s a chance for the whole family to learn more about the stories you hear about and some of the things you don’t with a visit to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.
The Museum itself is a little piece of history, being made from the former El Paso County Courthouse, restored from its original construction in 1903. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to keep things up and running. As far as hours go, the Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, with the exception of city holidays. More specific details on the hours and holidays are available on the museum’s website.
But what exactly do you get to see in the Museum? The Pioneers Museum has a combination of both permanent and rotating exhibits not just about the pioneer era, but the entire history of the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region. These exhibits draw from the nearly 60,000 artifacts the museum has as a part of its collection, including nationally recognized selections of quilts, art pottery, and landscape art.
Some of the other exhibits that you can see include a research library, filled with early photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, and other documents dating back to the 1870s. Other topics covered include the history of Native Americans in the region and how their influence can still be felt today, the original founding of Colorado Springs and its positioning as a health resort, as well as the mining history of the area.
The rotating selection of exhibits bring in some interesting surprises, making this a great place to visit multiple times if you happen to travel to Colorado Springs a lot. Past rotating exhibits have covered the space race, baseball history/memorabilia, and music. In addition, there is a regular events calendar for the museum, including talks, presentations, and more. Be sure to see what’s going on when you plan your visit.
As an added note, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is also surrounded by Alamo Square Park. Like the Museum itself, using the park, grounds, and gazebos is both free and open to the public, if you want to cap off your visit with a nice picnic lunch. There are also some outdoor sculptures throughout Alamo Square Park if you want to take a walk around.
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