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Ten Medal-Worthy Colorado Museums to Visit

Will the Medal of Honor Museum come to Denver? It's a Colorado coin toss.
Will the Medal of Honor Museum come to Denver? It's a Colorado coin toss. History Colorado Center

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click to enlarge This tiny teacup is one of 20,000 items in the DMMDT's collection. - DENVER MUSEUM OF MINIATURES, DOLLS AND TOYS
This tiny teacup is one of 20,000 items in the DMMDT's collection.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
830 Kipling Street, Lakewood
Good things come in small packages at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. Last year the museum had to leave the building it had called home since 1981, but it's landed in Lakewood, where it hopes to open to the public by the end of the year. In the meantime, it will host a miniature dollhouse show September 4-8 at the Hilton DoubleTree at the Denver Tech Center.

Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum
136 West Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek
Paranormal activity was recently reported at the old Teller County Jail, which held people behind bars from 1901 until 1992 and today holds a museum where you can see the cells, read old police logs and newspaper accounts of crime, and perhaps meet a few former inhabitants. “Our ghosts are not shy,” the museum promises. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week; admission is $3 for anyone twelve and up, free for those eleven and under.

click to enlarge DENVER ZINE LIBRARY
Denver Zine Library
Denver Zine Library
2400 Curtis Street
Founded in 2003 by two friends who love zines, the Denver Zine Library had four different homes before finally landing at The Temple, where it displays its collection of 15,000 magazines. Browse through a few and you might be inspired to start your own! The library is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.

The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum
818 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs
This would have been the perfect place for Cardi B to shoot her “Money” music video. Instead, you'll catch a comprehensive history of money and the most complete U.S. gold coin collection in the country in the Harry W. Bass Gallery. In all, the museum houses 275,000 objects. The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and members of the military.

Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Place

Where's the fire? While downtown Denver explodes all around it, Station No. 1, built in 1909, remains dedicated to the history of firefighters. Exhibits include artifacts, documents and photographs; this summer, there's a special focus on firefighters on screen. The museum also hosts monthly learning experiences for $10. Summer hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day but Monday; admission is $9 for adults, $8 for students/military and seniors, $6 for firefighters and kids five to thirteen, and free for kids four and under.
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