Colorado has a plethora of epic sports team. The Nuggets, Broncos, and Avalanche are the three most well known, but there are also the epic mountain ranges providing an extreme sports paradise. With such a sporting culture, there’s no surprise the there are a few sports based museums in the state you can check out.
World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame
Figure skating isn’t a sport you probably watch other than at the Olympics, but thanks to “Blades of Glory” (2007) we can all appreciate the skill involved. At The World Figure Skating Museum, you’ll find a preservation of figure skating’s history, the only one in the world.
Figure skating dates back to the ancient times, so you get to know the world’s best skaters and personalities through, pictures, film, and costumes.
The science of figure skating is displayed, who knows you might add a couple inches to your jump before appreciating the art form through paintings,
Where? 20 First Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall Of Fame
Skiing and snowboarding are engrained into the culture of Colorado. The museum has ~9 fixed exhibits dedicated to celebrating everything ski and snowboarding. Three of them are:
Legacy Of The 10th Mountain Division: Highlighting the gear and equipment of ski troopers of WW II’s famed 10th Mountain Division. They also play the award-winning “Fire on the Mountain” film.
Vail Dream Realized: The history of Vail Valley demonstrated through soundboards and the film “Wilderness to World Class” in addition to details on the moving cubes.
Another crowd favorite exhibit is the Spirit of America’s Champions.
Where? 231. S. Frontage Road East, Vail, Colorado
The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum
Colorado’s Mountaineering museum is the only one in the nation to celebrate the sport. The museum strives to educate visitors about the sport through history, safety, and culture. With 3,500 square feet to play with, you will find exhibits on climate, science, cultures and humanities and has become well known in the industry.
There are over 5,000 artifacts from gear, slides, artifacts and of course costumes helping honor achievements of the world’s greatest mountaineers.
Where? 710 10th St. Golden, CO 80401
ProRodeo Hall of Fame
Opening in 1979, cowboys contests have evolved but the heritage and cultural aspects remain deeply rooted in today’s participants. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame shows the past, present, and future of the sport in a fun and educational way to ensure the champions are always remembered.
Did you know rodeo, dates back to the late 1800s?
These four museums cover completely different sports, figure skating, mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding and Rodeo. That encapsulates the state of Colorado in the variety of activities on offer. We haven’t even touched on the stadium tours available in the state.