The Pioneer Museum is located in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs and is rich with Colorado Springs’ history! And it is FREE! Win, win.
The building itself is absolutely beautiful- it dates back to 1903 and originally served as the El Paso County Courthouse. The building is made of gray granite and ornamental concrete. The domed clock tower tops if off perfectly.
There are two floors of exhibits to choose from. Exhibits include Colorado Springs History A-Z, Photography, Helen Hunt Jackson House, Business in Colorado Springs, City of Sunshine, an old courtroom, and much more! Some of these exhibits are ongoing, some are temporary, so be sure to check their website here.
I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years and I learned some new things- such as there was an enormous grasshopper infestation in the 1800s (see pics below!).
Boys’ ages at time of visit: 6, 4, and 2. Stroller friendly.