Ghost Town Museum
- 400 South 21st Street Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
The Wild West Ghost Town Museum (2:00)
Transport yourself back in time as you enter the swinging doors of the Wild West Ghost Town Museum, where authentic Colorado history awaits your exploration!
What you can do
- Hands-on Activities
- Wild West Experiences
- Shop the Gift Shop
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As a true preservation of the Pikes Peak region’s pioneer past, the Ghost Town Museum is filled with real buildings and artifacts from the old west towns that used to dot this region during the late 1800s and early 1900s. But you won’t have to hike across the countryside to find this amazing piece of history, it’s all been carefully constructed indoors right here in Colorado Springs.
Travel down the real wooden promenade and get a peek into snapshots of pioneer life — how the people of the past lived, worked and played. Try your hand at an old-fashioned butter churn or printing press, check out authentic stagecoaches and wagons and explore thousands of other artifacts that are true pieces of Colorado history.
Included in your summer admission to the Ghost Town Museum is panning for real gold! From May through September, you can sift through water and silt like the gold prospectors of old, seeking your fortune in the bottom of your metal pan. Even if you don’t manage to find gold, there are other tiny treasures buried in the sand, like tiny minerals! It’s one of the museum’s most loved activities and makes a thrilling activity for kids (and adults).
Speaking of kids, the Ghost Town Museum has several antique games and a big shooting gallery where anyone can try their hand at hitting targets.
When you’re finished exploring to your heart’s content, the gift shop awaits, packed with old-fashioned candies, snacks, 1800s-style toys and games, sweet jams and other fun items. You can also pick up souvenir coffee cups, t-shirts, jewelry and pottery. Don’t forget to sip on a sarsaparilla while you’re there — it wouldn’t be an authentic wild west experience without it!
The Wild West Ghost Town Museum allows you to take a journey to the early years of Colorado’s exciting history without having to travel any further than Colorado Springs. Even better, the indoor location makes it the perfect spot to have fun and beat the summer heat (or winter chill). Come out and see it for yourself!
Things to know
- Last admission taken 1/2 an hour before closing.
- Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
- Gold panning is included in ticket prices when available.
$8.50 / Adult
Child (6-16): $5.50
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily Last entry: 4:30pm
Exertion level, attraction type.
- Indoors, History Buff, Family, Chill Chaser
No, Ghost Town Museum has absolutely nothing to do with actual ghosts or anything paranormal what-so-ever. Nothin’ spooky happening here!
A “ghost town” is a once thriving town that has been completely abandoned.
Ghost Town Museum is a great place for field trips! The kids will get to explore through hundreds of historical artifacts, pan for gold, and play antique arcade games all while learning about Colorado’s rich history!
They host all sorts of special events at Ghost Town. It’s the perfect place for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, corporate events and more!
Nope! Their extensive panning area is available from May to September for no additional charge. They’ll show you how to pan REAL gold like they did on the Colorado frontier.
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Ghost Town Museum – Colorado Springs
Opened in 1954, the Colorado Springs Ghost Town Museum tells the story of small towns that came to life with the growth of railroad traffic following the discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains. The resulting industrial boom in the mountains by Pikes Peak in the late 1800s created towns that popped up in clusters on the Colorado landscape.
Many of those former mining towns dwindled and disappeared as time passed, leaving little to nothing behind but memories. The museum is itself a building with a rich history, containing a mounting collection of artifacts, equipment and mementos from the 1800’s and turn of the century. The museum building was originally constructed as a maintenance facility for the Colorado Midland Railroad, repairing the trains hauling ore to the old Golden Cycle Mill, which was right next door. The Golden Cycle Company closed its doors in 1949, but the Roundhouse next door and the Ghost Town Museum remain.
Owned and operated by the same family for three generations, the museum presents itself as a town that looks like the people just walked away one day, leaving everything they owned behind. Not much of the original townsites remains, so the museum has preserved the memory of these old places in a mock townsite indoors with authentic artifacts and exhibits.
Visitors can engage in interactive activities like using a real butter churn, trying out the shooting gallery, playing antique arcade games and panning for actual gold in the summer. Guests looking to experience the rush of striking gold like the Wild West prospectors can do so for free, with guides showing them how to do so like they did in the old days on the Colorado frontier. Admission is affordable, with children under 6 going for free and additional discounts for large parties, schools and daycares.
Visitors should bring quarters if they would like to interact with some of the exhibits, especially the self playing pianos. The museum gift shop is large and reasonably priced, allowing guests to bring home merchandise like T-shirts, signs and keychains. Peckish visitors can also visit the Roundhouse Colorado Mountain Brewery for some food as it shares a parking lot with the museum. The museum opens from 10am to 5pm daily.
Address: 400 S 21st St, Colorado Springs , CO 80904
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- 400 S 21st St Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Last admission taken 1/2 an hour before closing.
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
June – August
- Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
September – May
- Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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From Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs, take Exit 141 and head west on Highway 24. Drive about a mile and a half to the intersection of 21st Street. Turn LEFT on to 21st Street, and immediately turn RIGHT at our sign into the first entrance drive behind the Roundhouse. You have arrived!
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“ Most pieces still worked - like the player piano - which was really fun to play and hear the music as you walk through the museum. ” in 3 reviews
“ Bring $1s or quarters, there's lots of places to use quarters and the kids enjoyed it. ” in 4 reviews
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At Ghost Town Museum in Colorado Springs, step back In time over 100 years to the Gold Rush era of Colorado. Established in 1954 to preserve a piece of Colorado's Wild West heritage, Ghost Town is a great family fun experience with lots of hands on activities including gold panning for real gold, (seasonal). Open daily year 'round.When you visit us, you will learn about & experience:* Ghost Town History* Gold Panning* Shooting Gallery* Hand operate old time arcades or equipment* History of Gold Rush era* Hold an Event* School GroupsCome see us today! …
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It was a nice place. Enjoyed the things inside. Plenty of history at the museum. Cool collection of old items! A must visit
Okay so it's a bit corny. But on vacation you need some of these types of stops. It was fun that most items are interactive. Make sure to ask for your senior discount as it was not offered.
A surprise date here turned out better than suspected! Be sure to bring plenty of quarters, as there are vintage "censored peepshow" machines! If you're into history and vintage/antiques, you need to go here! I grew up in the West and I absolutely loved this museum. There are details EVERYWHERE! The gift shop is amazing too, plenty to choose from!
Cute place to bring my 9yr old daughter. We toured the museum and the gift shop in just over an hour total. It really does transport you back 100 yrs like it says. Reminds me how tough it was to live day by day. Bring quarters for the fun little games, player piano and such. Panned for gold, just a few flecks to find. Old home to view. The gift shop was fun and had lots of reasonably priced things to see. Overall, worth the admission price and some nice souvenirs.
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This is a good museum for about an hour. They have several coin operated music boxes/ player pianos. If you need to waste an hour or so, it's a cool place.
We did this as a last minute, low key activity one afternoon and ended up having a great time. Bring $1s or quarters, there's lots of places to use quarters and the kids enjoyed it. There is a cool guide you can download on their website for field trips and it was very informative, also the scavenger hunt was fun and helped my kids retain information. My husband and I also enjoyed it and learned a thing or two. It's wel maintained and interactive. We spent about 2 hours here and the price is very affordable.
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My boyfriend and I were looking for some ideas as to what to do today when we landed here in Colorado Springs when I stumbled upon this gem. Not gunna lie I was skeptical at first but I'm happy we decided to go. It was such a cool experience to see the the set up of an old Wild West town. It's like you were walking down the streets during that time, they really immersed you into the old time culture. It is a great family spot or date night place, I would totally recommend tho as a fun activity
We liked the museum. They have a nice collection of things to look at. The lady who works in the gift shop said something rude to my husband because he was wearing an anti Joe Biden shirt.
The museum had a lot of interesting items and a quick video to watch in a mini-theater. We probably spent about an hour there looking at random things and getting an appreciation for how people lived during the gold rush era. The main building has a collection of buildings, buggies, and items from the past and you can touch a lot of things (a big deal for kids). Some of the areas have buttons you push for information and animatronic motion. There's an old Sears car and and old Cadillac as well. After the main room, you walk outside and they have a petrified stump and a second building that has completed rooms as enclosed exhibits to view. Overall it kept my kid entertained and was reasonably priced. I wish it was a bit larger (maybe 30% more), but that was based on my expectations from seeing the outside of the building. A good amount of the building is a gift shop with some interesting things. Our favorite item was a foam/velcro dart board, but you throw soft axes instead. If you're in the area and have some time, I recommend walking through and then heading over to the brewery across the parking lot afterwards. The whole combo is just too convenient to pass up.
This is a must visit place if you are in the Springs. It is one of the cheaper museum options and definitely worth it! Great history and a cool way for kids to see how things were "in the old days". There are lots of interactive things to do inside the museum that the kids will love. Make sure to also bring a few quarters with you so they can play the fun music and movie machines. We have been here more than once on our trips to the Springs and the staff has always been very nice! The gift shop also has lots of cool stuff!
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Ghost Town Museum
Crank a butter churn. Play antique arcade games. Pan for real gold!
We’re committed to making the Wild West accessible to families and visitors of the Pikes Peak region by offering an authentic western experience year-round at a great value. Add Ghost Town Museum to your vacation or staycation plans.
Preserved Town Our buildings and authentic artifacts were rescued from the Pikes Peak region and have been preserved indoors for generations to come.
Hands-on activities Crank a butter churn. Try your hand at our shooting gallery. Play antique arcade games. Pan for real gold in the summer!
Gift shop Complete your Wild West experience by visiting our gift shop, stocked with trinkets, treasures, and T-shirts for all ages.
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Ghost Town Museum
400 South 21st Street Colorado Springs , CO 80904
Ghost Town Museum was created in 1954 to preserve a piece of Colorado’s Wild West heritage. In 1858 the cry “Pikes Peak or Bust” opened up the heartland of the Colorado territory to the gold prospector. Gold mining became a significant factor that led to the statehood of Colorado. The miners and the people who provided services to them quickly populated the western frontier of the United States. They needed transportation, and before long the twin steel ribbons of the railroads were pushing into the mountains to transport ore for processing. Towns sprang up overnight and by the 1860’s and 1870’s people had blanketed the west. It was a rough and tumble time. Small encampments became small towns. Small cities along the rocky mountain Front Range provided a central location for supplies and services. The search for gold drove prospectors to every mountain valley, and every mountain peak. If gold or silver were not located, or if the mines played out, the towns were often abandoned to become ghost towns. Little by little the raw spirit of the frontier died down. By the time gold was discovered in Cripple Creek in 1891, the “frontier” was almost gone. Today almost nothing remains of those exciting days of the old west. A scattered pile of old lumber, a tumbled pile of rocks marking an old mine, an occasional wagon wheel or a piece of equipment. The rip roaring camps of 100 years ago have become ghost towns now only a memory of a bygone era. The Term "Ghost Town" is somewhat of a misnomer though as many of these towns are still inhabited either seasonally or year round. Many or parts of them, remain as they were 100 years ago or more. Whether complete "Ghosts" restored, or inhabited, they all retain their deep rooted origins in Colorado mining and railroad history Ghost Town Museum evolved from a desire to preserve a piece of this era. An impressive collection of everyday artifacts displayed in each of the town’s buildings, which are themselves a collection of the very structures left to decay around the pikes peak region; all looking much as they would have been left 100 or more years ago. All of it is housed inside a historic stone structure, built in 1899. The main museum building was originally, built for the Colorado Midland railroad to serve as a maintenance building for the steam locomotives that hauled gold ore from the mining districts to the Golden cycle mill located right across 21st Street from the museum. The Roundhouse is next door to Ghost Town Museum. These buildings are all that remain of the operations of the Golden Cycle company which closed the facilities in 1949. Ghost Town Museum serves as a permanent example of what the wild west towns of 100 years ago might have been like. It has been done in a way that is enjoyable for young and old alike. There are many hands-on activities for the kids. Crank a butter churn, operate an old time arcade or nickelodeon. See a short film on the gold mining era or pan for real gold in the extensive panning areas, (seasonal). Shop for Colorado gifts, have a picnic, or sip an old time sarsaparilla. Ghost Town Museum serves as a preserved example and focal point to start or end a ghost town tour here, or if your vehicle or legs are not up to the challenge, simply enjoy the easy access, location and parking of Ghost Town Museum. We're even handicap friendly, thanks for visiting and gaining a piece of Colorado history.
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The abandoned pioneer towns that once covered the state of Colorado in the late 19th century live on in the Colorado Spring Ghost Town Museum. Original buildings and thousands of everyday items have been taken from the ghost towns and displayed in an old railroad warehouse. Walk along wooden sidewalks that line antique storefronts from pioneer days, and engage in a variety of period activities like panning for gold and churning butter.
In 1858, the territory of Colorado opened up to gold miners, causing thousands of prospectors to rush into the area and quickly set up settlements. In some cases, little to no gold could be found, so whole towns were abandoned. These “ghost towns” dotted the Colorado landscape by the end of the 1800s, and their artifacts have been compiled and preserved in the Ghost Town Museum. Watch the museum’s short film on the gold rush era in Colorado to learn more about the period.
Explore the makeshift town arranged from original boomtown buildings. A jail, an apothecary and a motel are just a few of the structures you will find. Look inside the buildings to see an arrangement of period items and some animated figurines representing various pioneers. The apothecary, for instance, features a large antique display case filled with all sorts of trinkets and products.
Kids will love the range of hands-on activities you can do around the Ghost Town Museum. Get some target practice with an old rifle at the shooting gallery, or churn some butter. During the warmer months, pan for gold outside the museum.
Located on site at the Ghost Town Museum is the Colorado Mountain Brewery. Sit out on the patio and enjoy a sasparilla. Also, visit the museum store, which sells books, jewelry and snacks related to Colorado’s boomtowns.
The Ghost Town Museum is located just two miles from the Colorado Springs city center. A bus stop lies just outside the museum, and there is free car parking at the museum. There is a fee for admission to the museum, and students and groups get lower rates. Take a guided tour for an extra fee. The museum is open daily outside of national holidays.
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5/5 - excellent.
A lot better than it looks on the outside. A lot of cool old west stuff with storefronts. If you like the old west. you should like this.
Lots to see, very interesting!
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Spooky Stops in the Pikes Peak Region
If you’re looking for the most haunted places and ghost towns in Colorado, there are plenty of ghoulish stops within the Pikes Peak Region from Colorado Springs to nearby Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek and Canon City.
These sites offer eerie beyond-the-grave energy. With a history of tuberculosis and the debauchery of the Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush residents, spirits are lurking around many corners. There’s no lack of opportunity to bump into something or someone, that’s not of this world with a few of these haunted places in Colorado.
Haunted Places in Colorado Springs
A city with a great history also comes with a deep past. Dark tunnels and Native American lore lend themselves to some unsettling spots around the town.
This cemetery was part of Colorado Springs before the town was formally founded in 1871. People were buried there dating back to the 1860s. While the cemetery itself may be haunted, the presence many have experienced is in the small Chapel that was built to store caskets and for services in 1910.
After many years, the usage of the building declined and quickly fell into disrepair. Cemetery workers using the basement for supplies have seen dark figures. Will Deboer Jr., cemetery manager since 1992, worked to receive funds to restore the building as well as have it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the tour for the designation was being conducted, the woman representing the organization felt a negative force move through her entire body and quickly left. The cemetery was even featured on Biography Channel's My Ghost Story .
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Native American lore told the story of an Indian God named Manitou throwing the devil into the canyon facings the heavens. The Devil’s Horns rock formation can be found there today. Tales of a local cheating gambler being thrown into the canyon, as well as the finding of other remains from the 1800s as almost a dumping ground for riff-raff, live on.
GOLD CAMP ROAD/TUNNELS
This location is a popular hangout for high schoolers and teens, especially on summer nights. When the tunnels were built in the 1800s – it’s said that many workers died building the tunnels. There have been rumblings of a school bus accident ranging from a suicidal driver to an oncoming train. Today, many drive through the 2nd tunnel waiting for the car to be moved after putting it in park and turning off the lights. Others have said to see apparitions of men in cloaks. The third tunnel, you are not able to drive through but you can peek in after a short hike to this spooky spot.
Haunted Places in Manitou Springs
This charming mountain town just west of Colorado Springs was a hub for Native American worship as well as pagan ritual back in the 70s. Founded on health and wellness after a national bout of tuberculosis, there are many spirits of the people who fell victim to the disease while living or being treated here. Manitou Springs is a stunning and small community that's rich in history, legends and ghost stories. It's no wonder people travel from all over for paranormal experiences.
This site, in Manitou Springs, sits at 7,300+ feet above sea level. Back when tuberculosis was common and sufferers traveled to Manitou Springs seeking the healing springs and mountain air, Emma Crawford made her trip for a cure as well. Alas, she died at the tender age of 19. Her last wish was to be buried on the summit of nearby Red Mountain. Her fiancée, along with 11 other men, obliged and carried her remains to the summit for burial. After years of stormy weather and erosion, her remains washed down the side of the mountain. Because of this unsettling upheaval, many still believe that Emma haunts the mountain today; some have even seen her. There are trails on the side of the mountain to visit the site of her grave. A stop in the Manitou Springs haunted Cemetery will show an unmarked grave in remembrance of Emma. Annual coffin races are held in her honor down Manitou Avenue every October.
BRIARHURST MANOR ESTATE
This historic Inn was the home of Dr. Bell and his family in 1874 during the dark plague of tuberculosis in the area. Many who suffered from the disease traveled to Manitou Springs to seek the healing powers of the springs themselves. Briarhurst was the Bell's summer home until 1922. Later the Manor was purchased and turned into a fine-dining establishment. Today, paranormal activity is intense. The Briarhurst was so active that the Atlantic Paranormal Society from SyFy Channel's show Ghost Hunters investigated the property with plenty of content for a 2009 episode. Find out for yourself if this historic inn is as scary as it appears. Cameras are encouraged but any unusual findings must be shared!
CAVE OF THE WINDS MOUNTAIN PARK
The Cave of the Winds in Williams Canyon north of Manitou Springs has been a visitor attraction since 1881. Before then, the Native American people who frequented the mineral springs at Manitou knew of the open gorge that holds the cave's main entrance. The Jicarilla Apaches in New Mexico reported in 1960 that they believe the Cave of the Winds is home to the Great Spirit of the Wind, and that anyone entering the cave could become twisted in both body and mind by the twisting movement of the wind passing through the open gorge. Only the bravest tribe members will enter the cave's entrance chamber.
The reopening of the historic Manitou Grand Caverns section to public lantern tours has resulted in numerous reports by staff, visitors and cave explorers of spooky happenings. Management has invited several paranormal teams to investigate the cave in the last decade. The Manitou Grand Caverns was featured in a 2012 episode of the Biography Channel series, "My Ghost Story," detailing one paranormal investigation by The Spirit Chasers.
Haunted Places in Cripple Creek & Victor
This American ghost town was the site of the Pikes Peak or Bust gold rush. Settlers sold everything they owned and made the trip to this small town seeking their fortunes. Some struck it rich while others weren't so lucky. The eery feeling in the old jail and frequent sightings in old hotels help tell the tale.
THE JAIL MUSEUM
This location was the Teller County Jail for more than 90 years. The red-brick building housed many dark characters during the Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush and thereafter. Accounts of paranormal activity include hearing laughter from what used to be the solitary confinement cell, sightings of small children who quickly disappear and even “white noise” recorded on audiotape. A recent investigation was conducted by Mountain Peak Paranormal Investigations who detected activity. The museum offers special lock-ins where visitors can spend the night with the spirits in one of the cells as well as try to detect activity with the Mountain Peak Paranormal Investigators.
Now permanently closed, this property may be one of the most haunted hotels in the entire state of Colorado. It's said to be frequented by the spirit of the original owner, George Long, and his daughter Alice. As George married his first cousin, it’s believed that is why Alice was born with a severe mental disorder. Eventually, she became so unruly that she had to be locked in the couple’s apartment next to the hotel. One day, George “fell” down the stairs and perished, although stories say Alice hit him with a skillet in the head before he plummeted to his demise. Staff reports if the doors are closed, scratching can be heard on the other side. George’s ghost is a bit cheekier playing the slots at night when the casino is closed. The location was featured on an episode of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures.
COLORADO GRAND CASINO & HOTEL
Home of Maggie’s restaurant, guests may catch a glimpse of Maggie, herself, if frequenting the hotel. Oftentimes at night, music and voices can be heard from the ballroom, slots clinging and clanging after hours and even the hotel’s security cameras have caught Maggie in her period clothing. After being stowed away, the tapes mysteriously disappear. The property was also featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures Cripple Creek episode .
HOTEL ST. NICHOLAS
Originally built as a hospital during the boom of the Pikes Peak or Gold Rush, the hotel has a few haunting additions. One of the most seen apparitions is “Stinky” who stands behind a staircase and is often followed by a sewage-like stench. Another, a half-missing miner, is sometimes spotted along with a little boy known as “Pete” who often steals cigarettes and other items. Many of the paranormal beings are believed to be from the mental ward of the hospital which finally closed its doors in 1970 before opening again as the hotel.
VICTOR LOWELL THOMAS MUSEUM - VICTOR, CO
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum has had its fair share of unusual activity. At the museum, a young boy named Jake seems to wander through the rooms and sometimes makes noises that rattle the nerves of staff and visitors. Upstairs in the museum, the glasses of Lowell Thomas have been reported to move from their resting place in one display room to another. Paranormal investigations of the basement in recent years revealed some interesting images – one in which appears to be a uniformed man standing among the shadows. Contractors working in the basement and upstairs have reported an unexplained presence and in past years, several staff members have refused to venture to the upper level where they heard voices of a small girl. The museum holds paranormal investigations during special events.
Haunted Places in Cañon City
This small town just south of Colorado Springs is home to multiple prisons, as well as the Museum of Colorado Prisons. The spooky spot has a jaded past as does the unmarked cemetery nearby.
MUSEUM OF COLORADO PRISONS
This location, straight from one of Colorado's ghost stories, welcomes visitors to explore the history of Colorado Corrections. Individual audio tours guide visitors through 32 cells, filled with exciting exhibits and life-sized models that link the past to the present in a dramatic presentation. Other artifacts and exhibits include the last hangman's noose and the gas chamber used in Colorado for an execution, confiscated weapons (some used for actual murders), contraband and more. If this doesn't give you a bit of the creeps, the mannequins used to depict many exhibits might just do the trick. Mountain Peak Paranormal Investigators offer guided investigations throughout the year on-site.
GREENWOOD CEMETERY’S WOODPECKER HILL
The bluff that sits above Greenwood Cemetery doesn’t hold the revered members of society. A resting place for dead prisoners, the wooden place markers that have been damaged by woodpeckers give the eerie spot its namesake. Discover the shady characters whose remains lie deep within Woodpecker Hill.
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Ghost Town Museum Colorado Springs
Ghost Town Museum Colorado Springs: A Time-traveling Experience to the Wild West
Embark on a journey through time to the storied Wild West at the Ghost Town Museum Colorado Springs . This one-of-a-kind attraction transports visitors back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, offering a glimpse of life in the pioneer towns that once dotted the Pikes Peak region.
With authentic buildings, artifacts, and interactive activities, the Ghost Town Museum is a must-visit destination for history buffs and families alike.
A Preserved Piece of History
The Ghost Town Museum Colorado Springs was established in 1954 as a way to preserve the rich history of the Pikes Peak region. The museum features real buildings and artifacts carefully rescued from old western towns and brought indoors to ensure their longevity for future generations.
The result is an immersive, authentic experience that allows visitors to step back in time and explore the past up close.
Authentic Buildings and Artifacts
The museum has reconstructed an entire town indoors, complete with a wooden promenade, stagecoaches, wagons, mining equipment, and more. Each building showcases a snapshot of life during the Wild West era, with thousands of artifacts on display that tell the story of Colorado’s pioneer past.
Hands-On Activities for All Ages
One of the most appealing aspects of the Ghost Town Museum is its emphasis on interactive, hands-on experiences. Visitors can try their hand at an old-fashioned butter churn, work a printing press, play antique arcade games, and even pan for real gold during summer.
These activities provide a fun, engaging experience for guests and help bring the history of the Wild West to life in a tangible way.
Panning for Gold: A Summer Highlight
From May through September, guests at the Ghost Town Museum Colorado Springs can try their luck at panning for gold. This popular activity allows visitors to sift through water and silt, just like the gold prospectors of the past, in search of valuable treasures.
Even if you don’t strike it rich, you might find tiny minerals and other hidden gems in the sand. This activity is a favorite among children and adults, providing entertainment and a hands-on history lesson.
The Wild West Arcade and Shooting Gallery
The Ghost Town Museum offers even more interactive fun with its antique games and large shooting gallery. Here, visitors can test their skills by aiming for targets and playing vintage arcade games, immersing themselves further in the Wild West experience.
A Unique Shopping Experience: The Ghost Town Museum Gift Shop
After exploring the museum and participating in all the hands-on activities, visitors can stop by the gift shop to pick up souvenirs and mementos of their wild west experience. The shop offers old-fashioned candies, snacks, 1800s-style toys and games, sweet jams, and other charming items.
Guests can also purchase souvenir coffee cups, t-shirts, jewelry, and pottery. Don’t forget to enjoy a refreshing sarsaparilla while browsing – it wouldn’t be a complete Wild West experience without it!
Convenient Location and Year-Round Accessibility
Located in Colorado Springs, the Ghost Town Museum is easily accessible for both tourists and locals alike. Its indoor setting makes it an ideal destination regardless of the weather, offering a respite from the summer heat or winter chill.
Address and Contact Information
Ghost Town Museum Colorado Springs400 S. 21st StColorado Springs, CO 80904
Group Discounts and Special Events
The museum offers discounts for groups of 10 or more and special rates for schools, scouts, and daycares. Reservations are required for groups of 50 or more. The Ghost Town Museum is also available for private rentals for special events – contact the museum to inquire about availability and pricing.
More Ways to Explore Colorado Springs
The Pikes Peak region is full of exciting attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. While the Ghost Town Museum Colorado Springs is a must-visit destination, don’t miss out on these other nearby attractions:
Academy Riding Stables
Enjoy horseback riding in the breathtaking Garden of the Gods, guided by real cowboys. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner, the trained cowboys at Academy Riding Stables will ensure you have a memorable experience.
Adventure’s Out West
For thrill-seekers, Adventure’s Out West offers ziplining adventures in Manitou Springs. Soar over the foothills at the foot of Pikes Peak and take in the stunning views of historic Manitou Springs and the surrounding landscape.
Air Force Academy
The Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitor Center is the gateway to the United States Air Force Academy, welcoming hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. Explore the campus, learn about its history, and marvel at the impressive architecture during your visit.
In Conclusion: A Must-Visit Attraction in Colorado Springs
The Ghost Town Museum Colorado Springs is a unique, immersive experience that transports visitors back to the Wild West era, offering a glimpse into the lives of the pioneers who once called the Pikes Peak region home.
With authentic artifacts, hands-on activities, and engaging exhibits, this museum is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and families alike. So, saddle up and head to the Ghost Town Museum for an unforgettable journey through time!
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