FREE Museums, Galleries, & Visitor Centers

Answering the question "What are we going to do today?"

By Julie Dikken, Publisher and Editor Evergreen & Arvada Macaroni Kid October 1, 2018

Looking for something different to do today? There are several Colorado museums and venues that are open for FREE to visitors all throughout the year. 

Art Museum of CU Boulder
1085 18th Street, Boulder, CO 80309-0459
Open Tuesday - Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM. During the fall and spring semesters, open Thursdays until 7 PM
Closed for all university holidays.

6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003
Open Monday - Friday 9 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM; and Sunday 1-5 PM.

Aurora History Museum
15151 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012

Open Tuesday - Friday 9 AM to 4 PM; Saturday - Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM

Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum
12 Garden Center, Broomfield, CO 80020
Open Thursday 10 AM - 2 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 3 PM

4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
Tours Monday - Saturday 10-4 PM, Sunday 11-3 PM
*Children under 5 not permitted on tours

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
1701 Mile High Stadium Cir., Suite 500, Denver, CO, 80204
Open Thursday - Saturday 9:30 AM - 3 PM

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM

Garden of the Gods Park & Visitor Center
1805 N. 30th Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Summer Hours: 8 AM – 7 PM
Winter Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day

Hudson Gardens - Garden Area
6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120
November-March: Open daily 10 AM - 3 PM
April-October: Open daily 9 AM - 5 PM
Please note that some areas of Hudson Gardens may be closed or restricted due to concerts or other special events. The Welcome Center & Gift Shop is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 

Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards Production Tours
6055 Longbow Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
Monday-Friday: 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM
The gift shop is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Closed on select dates. Refer to website for details

Littleton Museum
6028 S Gallup Street, Littleton, CO 80120
Open Tuesday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM, Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM

Lookout Mountain Preserve & Nature Center
910 Colorow Road, Golden, CO 80401
Hours: CLOSED MONDAY, Tuesday - Friday 12 - 4 PM, Saturday - Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM
Summer Hours (Memorial Day–Labor Day): Tuesday - Friday 12-4 PM, Saturday - Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM
Lookout Mountain Preserve Open 8 AM to dusk, year round. (Hikers only)

Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO 80110
Indoor Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 5 PM, Friday 10 AM - 4 PM

Museum of Natural History CU
15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309
Open Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 4 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM
The museum is closed on all university holidays.

Peterson Air & Space Museum
150 E. Ent Avenue, Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1303
Winter Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 AM - 3 PM

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum
5867 North Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Open Tuesday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Open Mondays April thru September

United States Air Force Academy Visitor Center
2346 Academy Drive, US Air Force Academy, CO 80840
Open daily 9 AM - 5 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day

United States Mint Denver
320 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80204-2693
Six tours a day, 8 AM, 9:30 AM, 11 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM, and 3:30 PM (check website for special closure dates)
Free tour tickets are available at the Tour Information Window (TIW). The TIW opens at 7 AM, Monday - Thursday (excluding observed federal holidays), and will remain open until all tickets have been distributed. Tickets are for same-day tours only; no advance tickets are available. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 5 per person.

Be sure to check each location's website prior to your visit to check for special closures and any other information needed. If you learn of a museum or venue that offers free admission, please let us know so we can consider the addition to our guide!

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