311 Royal Gorge Blvd
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: (719) 276-6900
Fax: (719) 275-7364
Arts & Museums
This museum is both creepy and fascinating. Display cases are jammed with over 7,000 invertebrates, making it one of the best collections of large tropical insects in the world. Stunningly colored Brazilian butterflies and Columbian beetles that are so large that when in flight can knock over a human, are just some of bug offerings. There is also a wing devoted to space exploration and contains amazing photos snapped from Voyager II.
The grace and beauty of figure skating is matched by the grace and beauty of this museum. Recognized as the only center of its kind in the world, it harbors an amazing collection of trophies, medals, skating outfits and programs. There is even a Skate Gallery that exhibits the first skates used 1200 years ago. As a double bonus, the museum also houses the Skating Hall of Fame, featuring plaques and displays of Sonja Henie, Peggy Fleming and Scott Hamilton.
This 1895 castle looks like the work of a restless architect with decision problems. It boasts nine distinct architectural styles, including English Tudor and Byzantine. Built as a home for a wealthy priest, it features 46 rooms, including an eight-sided chapel, and the famed Drawing Room that features a gold ceiling and a massive 200-ton sandstone fireplace. Another remarkable feature is its walls, which are two-feet thick. The Tearoom offers a modest menu. Visit in December and be awed by the outdoor Christmas lights. Guided group tours need to be reserved in advance.
Dating back to 1100 CE, these well-preserved Anasazi cliff dwellings are a must visit for anyone interested in history and ancient cultures. The dwellings feature over 40 rooms, including a revered ceremonial kiva. All the tours are self-guided and require some ladder and stair climbing to enter the structures. Two on-site museums, which feature Anasazi artifacts, offer sharp insight on the how, where, when and why of this cliff-dwelling culture. Visit from June to August and witness traditional Indian dancers.
This nifty museum allows you to go back in time 100 years while moseying through genuine Old West buildings. You can slip into an old saloon, visit a sheriff's office and the town jail, or even pan for gold. Cowboy fun can be had at the shooting gallery. Enter the nostalgic arcade to see how folks were once entertained before Nintendo and computer games. Set in Old Colorado City Historic District, in the historic Colorado Midland railroad structure, this museum is just minutes from downtown and is under cover, allowing for year round pleasure.
There is no mistaking this shop as just another generic gallery. Its white walls and displays brim with authentic Native American art. Ranging from traditional to contemporary the gallery offers handmade Hopi, Zuni and Navajo jewelry crafted from silver, coral, shell and turquoise. Kachina dolls, decorative and functional pottery, rugs and Zuni fetish carvings are well stocked. There are also varied selections of Navajo weavings and folk art. Even if you are not shopping, this gallery is worth a visit just for the cultural and museum-like attributes of its stock.
This commercial gallery has been a trusted source of sculpture and finely crafted gifts for many years. Well known as a creative and unusual accessory store, it offers "ooh-look-at-that" kaleidoscopes, fashion jewelry, exquisite handcrafted furniture, hand-blown glass and many other exceptional creations in addition to sculptures. Different presentations and shows featuring local and national artists are offered throughout the year. Pricing can vary a great deal between inexpensive and expensive, but most items tend to be well priced for the quality.
In this old house, given new life with Spanish-inspired paint, Cucuru Gallery Cafe showcases art on the walls while serving delicious coffee drinks and lunch foods. They have a large patio where you'll find people doing the tango on warm nights. They even offer lessons for those who want to dance, but aren't familiar with the steps. Live music can be heard here from time to time. Overall it's a lively atmosphere in which to enjoy coffee or tapas!
A famous tourist spot in Downtown Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has collection of over 40,000 objects portraying the history and culture of the region. The museum's upper floor houses a courtroom which is a venue for music concerts and plays. It is a beautiful hall with wooden furniture. Apart from these events there are also local community events conducted in this courtroom.
The fact that one must ring a doorbell and wait for a guide to answer the front door aptly underscores the quaintness of this museum. Built in 1873, this little cottage of history offers a rare peep at life during the Victorian era. Its rooms are meticulously filled with ornate chairs, high-back sofas, rose-colored drapery and "wow-look-at-that" marble fireplaces. There is even a children's room filled with small furniture and antique dolls which have those creepy, staring looks.
Located in Pueblo, this magnificent mansion is former residence of Margaret Thatcher family. Built in 1893, this house still retains and showcases period furniture. The museum now conducts tours of this beautiful mansion.
Infozone News Museum is a one of its kind museum that aims to propagate the knowledge about American rights to freedom of speech, press and disseminate local history and culture. The museum is well facilitated with state-of-the-art amenities like touchscreen computers, kiosks, a 100-seat movie theater, all of which exhibit information about the American rights, history and other social aspects. You can also find here chronicles of how newspapers were made throughout the ages. Apart from the regular exhibits, a number of film and fun events for children are held here as well. Call ahead for more information.