Little-Known but Awesome: 10 Colorado Springs Museums You Need to Visit

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Colorado Springs is full of fun learning opportunities. Here are ten museums and learning spots that are lesser known, but really cool! These Colorado Springs museums are a must see!

1. Space Foundation Discovery Center

This is my favorite little secret in the Springs. It’s never crowded and has so much to offer! There are lots of permanent exhibits and artifacts. Their current traveling exhibit is called “Great Balls of Fire” and features falling objects. My favorite part is the “Science on a Sphere” where you can check out the planets in a fun, interactive way. This place is a must see! Be sure to head to their website first for a printable coupon.

2. Ghost Town Museum
It’s a look into Colorado’s western past. You can see what an old west town would have been like in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Panning for gold is available in the summer months.

3. Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation

Check out the history of the trolley system in Colorado Springs. You won’t find much info on the website but this hidden gem is worth a stop. They have a guided tour and a trolley to ride.

4. Pioneer’s Museum
The Pioneer’s Museum features a huge collection of historical items from the local area. This museum does not charge admission. Permanent exhibits include one about Jackson Palmer, and they currently have an exhibit about the Waldo Canyon fire. They also have a children’s area with a guidebook called “Journey to Pikes Peak”.

5. Western Museum of Mining and Industry
You can bring the history of mining to life at this museum! Their daily guided tours are included with admission. My favorite part is the mining reclamation exhibit.

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6. Bear Creek Nature Center
The nature center features interpretive programs along with guided and self-guided tours. They have excellent programs for children from toddler on up. There is an indoor exhibit area with lots of hands-on fun. Two miles nature trails wind through the property, and it is a great place to take a hike.

7. Williams Fire Museum
This museum offers free admission. It’s small but features some really cool artifacts and some old fire engines!

8. Money Museum
This museum features a huge collection of U.S. coins. They have a kids zone where children can learn about money through play. Visit the mini-mint to learn about the minting process.

9. National Museum of World War II Aviation
This museum has a lot of interesting aviation artifacts. And, their aircraft restoration facility is part of their guided tour. It’s recommended that you book a tour in advance online. You can get a discount for doing so!

10. May Natural History Museum
Bring your bug lovers here! This museum features one of the world’s largest displays of tropical insects. It’s open daily through the summer but only to groups during the winter months.

Have you been to any of these? Got any other favorite Colorado Springs museums? Let us know in the comments below!

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