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Agricultural Heritage Center
8348 Ute Highway 66, west of Longmont, 303-776-8848; www.bouldercountyopenspace.org. Offering a glimpse into the history of agriculture in Boulder County, this site focuses on the years 1900-1925, when families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the modern age. Open first Saturdays 10am-5pm through March 31, then Friday-Sunday 8am-5pm.

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Black American West Museum
3091 California St., Denver, 720-242-7428; www.blackamericanwestmuseum.org.

Boulder History Museum/Museum of Boulder
Harbeck-Bergheim House, 1206 Euclid Ave., 303-449-3464; www.boulderhistory.org.  In  2017, the Boulder History Museum will move to 2205 Broadway and change its name to the Museum of Boulder. In the meantime, check the website for a schedule of programs and exhibits at the current location. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th St. (next to Dushanbe Teahouse), 303-443-2122; www.bmoca.org. . Check the website for updates on upcoming exhibits and other museum events like lectures, demonstrations, classes and the Young Artists at Work program. Museum admission is only $1.
Through Jan. 15: HOVAB: Evolving Visions of Land and Landscape

Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum
710 10th St., Golden, 303-996-2755; www.mountaineeringmuseum.org. Exhibits showcasing mountain and rock climbing.

Broomfield Museums
The mission of the Broomfield Depot Museum, 2201 W. 10th Ave., is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Broomfield while focusing on the railroad depot. The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, 12 Garden Center, showcases permanent and temporary exhibits honoring those who have served in the armed forces. Both are open Saturdays 9am-3pm and by appointment. www.broomfield.org.

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Carnegie Branch Library for Local History
1125 Pine St., 303-441-3110; www.boulderlibrary.org. Boulder’s original library building houses historic Boulder County photographs and manuscripts.

Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, 303-433-7444; www.mychildsmuseum.org. Offers interactive playscapes, daily programming, storytimes and special events for children up to age 8. Visit for free the first Tuesday of every month, 4-8pm.

Clyfford Still Museum
On Bannock Street between 12th and 13th avenues, Denver, 720-354-4880; www.clyffordstillmuseum.org. Dedicated solely to exhibiting the works of Clyfford Still.

Colorado Railroad museum
17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, 303-279-4591; www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org. CRM’s sprawling 15-acre grounds offer railroad cars and equipment, a main building in the style of a 1880s depot, a reference library, general store and picnic area.
Through Dec. 23: Polar Express Train Rides

CU Art Museum & Visual Arts Complex
1085 18th St., 303-492-8003; cuartmuseum.colorado.edu. The CU Art Museum recently reopened after extensive renovations; admission is free.
Through Dec. 17: Mysterium Tremendum: Collecting Curiosity
Through Feb. 4: Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder, 1898-1950
Opens Feb. 2: Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women

CU Heritage Center
Third floor of Old Main, CU campus, 303-492-6329; www.cuheritage.org. LLocated in the University of Colorado’s original building, the Heritage Center preserves CU ­history in nine themed rooms, including the Architecture Gallery and the Distinguished Alumni Gallery. A museum collections workroom is open to the public for viewing and research. “Hit the Bricks!” is a long-term exhibit of the CU campus created with 1 million LEGO bricks.

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Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock, Denver, 720-865-5000; www.denverartmuseum.org. DAM makes its fabulous array of art and artists available to everyone with First Free Saturdays, offering free general admission to Colorado residents on the first Saturday of the month. Youth 18 and under are free every day. Join the “Untitled” party on the last Friday of the month and enjoy art, music, performances and refreshments from 6-10pm. Check online for information on lectures, tours, family activities, films and more.
Through April 2: Star Wars and the Power of Costume
Opens Feb. 19: Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place
Opens May 21: The Western: An Epic in Art and Film

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys
1880 Gaylord St., Denver, 303-333-1053 www.dmmdt.org. Miniature houses, trains and planes, and antique dolls. Open Wednesday-Sunday.
1st Sundays: Community Day, $1 admission
Dec. 3: Holidays at the Cottage
Dec. 3-23: Gingerbread House Workshops

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303-370-6000; www.dmns.org. DMNS features outstanding permanent exhibits like “Expedition Health,” “Space Odyssey” and “Egyptian Mummies,” plus popular touring exhibits, an IMAX theater (see listing in Film section) and the Gates Planetarium.
Dec. 12, Jan. 22, Feb. 27, March 13, April 10 & June 4: SCFD Community Free Days
Through Jan. 8: Extreme Mammals
Through Feb. 5: Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs
Opens March 10: Vikings: Beyond the Legend

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Estes Park Museum
200 Fourth St., Estes Park, 970-586-6256. Founded by volunteers in 1962, the Estes Park Museum collects, interprets and preserves local history and presents four temporary exhibits each year, in addition to its permanent collections. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/townofestespark/museum

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Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver, 303-297-1113; www.forneymuseum.org.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
408 Mason Court, Fort Collins, 970-221-6738; www.fcmod.org. A merging of science and history with more than 100 hands-on exhibits.

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Golden History Museums
923 10th St., Golden, 303-278-7151; www.goldenhistory.org. GHM operates three sites in Golden: the Astor House Museum, Clear Creek History Park and the Golden History Center.

Greeley Freight Station Museum
680 10th St., Greeley, 970-392-2934; www.gfsm.org. A railroad-themed history museum with a massive 3D model railroad.

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History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver, 303-866-3682; www.historycoloradocenter.org. History Colorado’s hands-on, high-tech exhibits include a 40-by-60-foot tile map of Colorado and a “time machine” visitors can push across the map to hit hot spots that reveal video stories. Check online for special events, plus links to other historic sites operated by the Colorado Historical Society.
Through Jan. 8: Awkward Family Photos

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James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum
6352 Fourmile Canyon Drive, west of Boulder, 303-776-8848; www.bouldercounty.org At the turn of the 20th century, this is where prospectors would take their ore samples to find out if they’d struck it rich. Open only on 3rd Saturdays April-October, 10am-2pm

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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
1311 Pearl St., Denver, 303-832-8576; www.kirklandmuseum.org. International decorative art, Colorado/regional art, and a retrospective from the estate of Vance Kirkland, an internationally known Colorado painter.

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Lafayette Miners’ Museum
108 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303-665-7030; www.cityoflafayette.com. Refurbished 1890s coal miner’s home with displays of mining equipment and period household items. Open Thursdays and Saturdays 2-4pm and Tuesday evenings 7-9pm.

Leanin’ Tree Museum & Sculpture Garden of Western Art
6055 Longbow Drive, near Diagonal Highway and Jay Road, 303-729-3440; www.leanintreemuseum.com. Leanin’ Tree is a free museum with 250 paintings and 150 bronze sculptures by 100 artists, specializing in American Western and wildlife art of the post-1950 era. Stroll through the sculpture garden to view 25 life-size and monumental bronzes. Open 8am-5pm weekdays; 10am-5pm weekends.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center
400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374; www.longmontmuseum.org. An outdoor courtyard and four exhibit spaces encourage visitors to explore Longmont’s history and culture. A permanent history exhibit spans 14,000 years of Longmont and Front Range history. The Longs Peak Room is an interactive gallery with hands-on history games and other activities. The new Stewart Auditorium hosts theater, film, music and other events.
Thursdays, Feb. 9-March 23: Art & Sip, 7pm
Through Feb. 5: Imprinting the West
Through March: Atrium Photo Show: Dashing Through the Snow
Through May 14: Lowriders: Cars and Culture

Louisville Historical Museum
1001 Main St., Louisville, 303-665-9048; www.louisvilleco.gov. Owned and operated by the city of Louisville, this museum features three historic buildings with an extensive collection of coal-mining artifacts and old photogtwraphs. Pick up a map of the Louisville Downtown Historical Walking Tour. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am-3pm. Also open First Fridays 6-8pm.

Loveland Museum/Gallery
500 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, 970-962-2410; www.cityofloveland.org. The 28,000-square-foot museum hosts exhibits on the history of Loveland and the surrounding area, including a huge topographical relief map of the Big Thompson River system.

Lyons Redstone Museum
338 High St., Lyons, 303-823-5271; www.lyonsredstonemuseum.com. Gift shop and regional genealogy displays, housed in an 1881 redstone schoolhouse. Open daily beginning in late May.

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The Money Museum
At the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, 1020 16th St., Denver, www.kc.frb.org.

Museum of Boulder
See Boulder History Museum listing.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany St., Denver, 303-298-7554; www.mcadenver.org. Rotating exhibitions of regional, national and international art. Children/teens up to age 18 receive free admission every day.

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National Center for Atmospheric Research
1850 Table Mesa Drive, 303-497-2408; scied.ucar.edu/visit.  NCAR houses a Smithsonian-affiliated museum. Its Visitor Center, in a magnificent building designed by I.M. Pei, features exhibits that teach all ages about weather, climate and atmospheric research. Free tours begin at noon three days a week, or take your own self-guided tour. NCAR’s Mesa Lab­oratory also has several galleries with rotating art exhibits; see separate listing under Galleries.

Nederland Mining Museum
200 Bridge St., Nederland, 303-258-0567; www.bouldercounty.org. A glimpse into the world of hard rock mining days in Boulder County. Open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm, June-October only.

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Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
1213 Washington Ave., Golden, 303-277-0377; www.rmqm.org. presents 10 exhibits a year, highlighting different quilting styles, histories or themes.
Jan. 26-April 25: Evolutions 2017, juried quilt competition

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Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center
3001 E. Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303-774-4692; www.ci.longmont.co.us. Historic homestead property includes hands-on displays inside the circa-1880 house, plus educational exhibits in the ice house, toolshed and barn. There’s also a nature trail with a scenic overlook. Beginning in April, open Tuesdays 9am-noon and second and fourth Saturdays 10am-2pm.

Shelby American Collection
5020 Chaparral Court, Gunbarrel,  303-516-9565; www.shelbyamericacollection.org. Features 40 prize sports cars, plus a reconstructed shop. Open Saturdays 10am-4pm and for special events.

Spirit of Flight Center
At Erie Municipal Airport, 2650 S. Main St., Erie, 303-460-1156; www.spiritofflight.com. Hundreds of rare aviation items and artifacts that represent the past, present and future of flight. Open just a few days per week; see info on website.

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Henderson Building, Broadway at 15th Street, 303-492-6892; http://cumuseum.colorado.edu. Permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits include Southwestern pottery, textiles, fossils, rare plants and beetles. The museum hosts regular programming, workshops and other events. Don’t miss the second-largest bird collection in the Rocky Mountains or the impressive triceratops display. The museum is open seven days a week, and admission is free. The first Saturday of each month is Family Day, with special activities. Check online for a full calendar of events.
Through March 30: RARE II, an exhibit of botanical illustrations featuring Colorado’s globally imperiled plants
Through March 31: Becoming Butterflies
Dec. 7: AIA Lecture Series: New Perspectives on Ancient Urbanism

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Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver, 303-360-5360; www.wingsmuseum.org. Housed in a historic 1930s-era Air Force hangar, the collection includes a space station and memorabilia from Lowry Air Force base.

Wise Homestead Museum
11611 Jasper Road, Erie, 303-828-4568; www.eriehistoricalsociety.org. Artifacts, equipment, photographs and displays related to the history of the Erie area, plus a restored farmhouse dating back to the mid-1870s. Open Saturdays 10am-2pm, May-October.

WOW! (World of Wonder) Museum
110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424; www.wowchildrensmuseum.org. Nonprofit children’s museum offers interactive science and art exhibits, classes, performances and workshops for children aged 1-11 and their families. A new ongoing exhibit is Little Clinic, which allows kids to explore the medical field through play.
Dec. 31: WOW! New Year’s Eve Pary, 1-3pm
Dec. 4: Sensory-Friendly Playtime, for children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders