After a brief pandemic hiatus, History Colorado is reopening

The flagship state historical museum, closed since March 12 because of the coronavirus, reopens June 22 with a John Denver exhibit.

Baseball memorabelia master Marshall Fogel unveils his extremely rare Mickey Mantle card, which was transported in an armored car, at the History Colorado Center. July 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Baseball memorabelia master Marshall Fogel unveils his extremely rare Mickey Mantle card, which was transported in an armored car, at the History Colorado Center. July 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A John Denver exhibit will welcome visitors back to the flagship state historical museum.

The History Colorado Center, closed to the public since March 12 because of the coronavirus, is reopening June 22 with a show on the singer-songwriter that of course includes a soundtrack, as well as concert footage, artifacts such as an all-denim ski suit and handwritten lyric sheets, and photo ops with life-size Denver cutouts.

Before striding across the center’s grand terrazzo map of the state on the lobby floor, visitors must buy tickets and members reserve slots in advance for specific times. Among other precautions aimed at keeping COVID-19 in check, visitors older than 3 must wear a face covering. Areas where touching items had been encouraged, such as the Keota Barn, will remain closed for now. Drinking fountains also are off-limits, so bring water. The center’s Café Rendezvous will be open and following the coronavirus restrictions placed on restaurants.

The center began offering online programming days after ending in-person visits. Large gatherings such as lectures remain online only.

All eight History Colorado museums across the state are resuming in-person hours. In Denver that includes the Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, which reopens June 19.

June 22 and all other Mondays through Aug. 31 are reserved for History Colorado members only at the History Colorado Center and at Byers-Evans House. Members include participants in HistoryBuff, a free year-long membership available to all fourth-grade students and their families statewide.

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