The Cripple Creek District Museum

The Cripple Creek District Museum
5th & Bennett
Cripple Creek , CO 80813
United States

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Description
Located on Bennett Avenue in the former Midland-Terminal Railroad Depot, the Museum complex contains three buildings with six floors of mining memorabilia, maps, paintings, glass and china, children's items, furnishings, an assay office, a photograph gallery, Indian artifacts, mineral displays and two Victorian apartments.
The Museum received several wonderful donations over the winter months. New acquisitions include an authentic wood-burning cookstove from Tom Warner, personal items belonging to world-famous astrologer Linda Goodman, courtesy of Leland Feitz, and the globe from American Legion Post #35 that was originally on the former Madam June’s building across from the Teller County Courthouse. The post was named for Percy Ellsworth, Teller County’s first soldier to die during World War I. Bob Ellsworth, Percy’s great nephew, donated the globe in memory of his uncle.

In addition, the Museum received several new photographs from visitors such as Nita Caffrey of Montana, a number of glass negatives from Cindy and James Krajeck of Cripple Creek, and a brand new computer desk from Garnet Bird of Steamboat Springs. A book from Jim McGee about his grandmother’s poetry while she lived in Cripple Creek and a lovely set of turn-of-the-century law books from Shannon Johnson of Colorado Springs were also donated.

Wintertime also provided the museum staff with plenty of time to rearrange some of the exhibits, namely the Melodrama & Theater Room. Originally housed in the 1893 Colorado Trading & Transfer Company building, the room has been relocated to the 1895 Midland Terminal Railroad Depot. The numerous displays throughout the museum have also been added to and rearranged, and the staff is very excited about the recent expansion of the Museum Gift Shop with more books on regional history and several new items.

Summer activities at the Museum include plans to dedicate the Wildlife Exhibit Room to Mark Fuller, a beloved volunteer who passed away in April. Also, the Museum is partnering with the Old Homestead Parlour House Museum to sell joint tickets. Now, visitors to either museum can purchase tickets for both at the one-low price of $7.00.

Admission Information:
Since 1953, millions of people have visited the museum. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12, $3.00 for military personnel and senior citizens. Children under age 6 are free. Groups of 10 or more are $3.00 per person (please make group reservations in advance). We welcome history groups, families and school groups - call or email to make your reservation!
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