Hidden-Gem Wild West Museums in Colorado

Stop by these off-the-beaten-path spots for a unique point of view on Colorado's Old West heritage.

By: Colorado.com Staff Writer
Updated: February 23, 2024

Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum

Cripple Creek
Relive the outlaw days of the Wild West in the red-brick building that served as the Teller County Jail for almost 90 years at the Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum.

Black American West Museum

At the Black American West Museum, learn the stories of Black miners, soldiers, homesteaders, ranchers, lawmen and other professions that built the West. (Call ahead for hours.)

Frontier Historical Museum

Glenwood Springs
The Frontier Historical Museum is a historic house with tales of the area that include characters like Doc Holiiday, Buffalo Bill Cody and Teddy Roosevelt.

Museum of Northwest Colorado

See one of the country’s largest collections of cowboy and gunfighter memorabilia on public display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Pioneer Village Museum

Hot Sulphur Springs
Learn about tools of Grand County inhabitants, pioneer clothing and more in a 1924 schoolhouse that houses the Pioneer Village Museum.

A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art

The A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art includes more than 350 of Mitchell’s works, Spanish folk art and Native American artwork.

Limon Heritage Museum & Railroad Park Complex

The heritage of the eastern plains is on display thanks to donations from the families of those who lived it at Limon Heritage Museum & Railroad Park Complex.

Cross Orchards Historic Site

Grand Junction
Tour historic buildings (including an 1890s barn/bunkhouse), railroad cars and vintage agricultural equipment at Cross Orchards Historic Site.

Gunnison Pioneer Museum

Historic buildings from around the county, including the Paragon School House and Alfonzo Hartman's post office, make up Gunnison Pioneer Museum.

John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum

Las Animas
Exhibits at the John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum include early 1900s storefronts of a post office, barber shop, jewelry store, candy shop and bank.

Rimrocker Historical Society

Catch up on 150 million years of archaeological, mining and pioneer heritage amid items donated by local citizens at Rimrocker Historical Society.

Underground Mining Museum

At the Underground Mining Museum, learn about stoping, blacksmithing, mucking, blasting and assaying in the cool heart of the mountain.

Victor Lowell Thomas Museum

The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, housed in an 1899 building, is the place to go to see artifacts, photos and memorabilia from the area's Gold Rush heyday.

Ouray Alchemist Pharmacy Museum

A guided tour through the Ouray Alchemist Pharmacy Museum takes you through a Wild West pharmacy, with 700 hand-blown pharmacy bottles, leech jars, medicines and more.

Cozens Ranch Museum

The first homestead in the Fraser Valley is now Cozens Ranch Museum, which explores the area's pioneer past.

Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center

Fort Garland
Discover a 19th-century military fort's parade grounds and adobe buildings at Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center. Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers stationed there after the Civil War.

Four Mile Historic Park

In the heart of the city, Four Mile Historic Park is a 12-acre historical site that's home to Denver's oldest standing structure, hosting exhibitions and workshops.

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