South Park City Museum
Just the best Colorado History Museum, it’s so unexpected and incredible!
Each building is authentic, put together from our own forgotten towns in Colorado. The inside of each old home, stable, stagecoach, church, school, drug store and so many more are all complete on the inside for you to explore.
40+ buildings of authentic Colorado history!
Imagine my surprise that this Museum has been here since 1959 and I had no idea. We must have passed by so many times coming down Hoosier Pass from Breckenridge.
It’s a must see and explore for any age
A couple buildings when first entering might give you the willies. The dentist building especially. The stable and blacksmith were fun with a few goats about to humor us.
The photo above is the inside of the drugstore, by far one of the favorites.
The details and artifacts fascinating of Colorado history
When in the stage stop, upstairs in the travelers overnight rooms, on one of the old wood beds was a sleeping cat. At first the cat was still, then moved and we all jumped. Was spooky among all this “old” stuff. Later, found out that 2 cats, Thelma and Louise, live here and make themselves at home within many buildings.
Every 2nd weekend in August the museum holds a special event, “Living History Days”. The town comes to life with many volunteers reenacting the days of old.
If you are a Colorado history buff, you will spend hours here.
I have since meant some of the employees here and they were eager to tell me the “unusual happenings” that occur. This all started when I mentioned that my camera in several buildings stopped working, then when going outside would start working again. This happened quite a few times. I am not spooked easy and I had no real fear but …. it was odd.
The curator saw a man in the bank window early one morning, another employee smelled a strong whiff of cigar smoke in the blue house when opening for the day. Apparently kids do not like the blue house and won’t go in…
The town of Fairplay is full of Colorado history and notorious for ghost stories within its hotels and court house
Not trying to spook you. I was amused by the stories but at no time did I feel nervous within the Museum. I have brought friends, and family here since. Everyone loved it. You will too.
LOCATED: in the town of Fairplay, CO, turn west off of Hwy 285 towards Alma and Breckenridge on Hwy 9. Go about a mile and just before leaving the town of Fairplay it will be on your left. Coming down from Breckenridge on Hoosier Pass (Hwy 9) it will be on your right as you come into Fairplay. (100 4th Street, Fairplay, CO 80440)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Favorite event, Living History Days, the 2nd weekend every August
40+ restored historic Colorado homes & thousands of artifacts from the 1800’s
Open air Museum, consider the changing weather in the mountains, bring extra outwear.
More information: South Park City Museum
Below a couple of family friendly “things to do” that we love in and around Fairplay, CO …
“Festival in the Clouds” in the charming town of Alma, CO. Put this in your summer plans for a Colorado Day Trip!
“Burro Days” crazy weekend fun in Fairplay, CO. We go every year, not to be missed!