It’s fun to learn about the Centennial State (so named because it entered the Union in 1876, 100 years after the Declaration of Independence) at the History Colorado Center. This state museum, which opened in late April, 2012, offers interactive exhibits designed to intrigue you, while showing bits of Colorado’s history. (You can try the ski jump on Howelsen Hill in Steamboat. Or, take an elevator that shakes as you descend into a mine, where you can control the dynamite blasts to loosen the rocks searching for gold.)
Walk on the The Great Map of Colorado, a 40- by 60-foot terrazzo tile map of Colorado. On the media wall high above the atrium, 132 interlocking LCD screens feature a timeline orienting you to Colorado history, from 10,000 years ago through the present. In the Colorado Stories exhibit you’ll hear first-hand how people lived in years gone by.
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