(Colorado Springs, CO) As winter approaches and the temperature begins to drop, it is nice to have indoor activities to add to the calendar. Colorado Springs has many wonderful museums for all interests and ages, and with a library card, you can visit several of them for free.
The Pikes Peak Cultural Pass is a collaboration between the Pikes Peak Library District and local organizations to provide free admission to historical, cultural, and art venues.
The pass can be reserved up to thirty days in advance, and each "ticket" allows complimentary entry for a specific number of guests (it varies by location).
The participating venues are:
- Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science
- Glen Eyrie Castle (not currently active, but will resume at a later date)
- Pikes Peak Children's Museum
- ProRodeo Hall of Fame
- Rock Ledge Ranch
- Space Foundation Discovery Center
- The Money Museum
- Western Museum of Mining and Industry
The free passes can book up quickly, so it is best to plan a few weeks ahead. Go here to reserve a Cultural Pass.
Please note that the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center offers free admission (no pass required) on the second Saturday and third Friday of each month.
Several museums in the city are always free, including the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum. This fantastic downtown venue (215 S. Tejon Street) is located in the former El Paso County Courthouse and is open Tuesday-Saturday. It is enjoyable for all ages with interactive displays of local history.
The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum (19 N. Tejon Street) is a small museum with an impressive collection of antique and vintage motorcycles, memorabilia, and photographs. It is open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Penrose Heritage Museum (11 Lake Circle), located on the grounds of the Broadmoor hotel, is another free hidden gem. The venue has a spectacular collection of vintage carriages and fifteen race cars from the Pike Peak International Hill Climb. Learn more about the museum here.
There are plenty of free things to do in Colorado Springs, both indoors and outdoors. I'll see you at the museums!