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Museum Experience

Open the vault. Go behind closed doors. Explore the collection. Join the Museum Experience at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. In a collaborative small-group setting, you learn how exhibits come to life…not by observing, but by doing. Museum staff provides hands-on access and workshop training. You provide a fresh perspective and community insight. Ever wonder what makes a museum? What makes a community? What makes the Pikes Peak region? All three questions are explored in one new program that invites you to become a community curator.

  • Day One we go on a behind-the-scenes tour with the Director, visit artifact storage to select objects with the Registrar and begin archival research with the Curator. Lunch is included.
  • Day Two continues with staff-led object research, building mounts with our Exhibit Designer, writing labels using the Museum’s exclusive resources…and, of course, more peeks behind closed doors with the Director. Lunch is included.
  • Day Three means it’s time to celebrate! Arrive before the public and help our staff make final installations in the new community gallery. Then reveal your work at our opening reception and share your Museum Experience with your friends and neighbors. Reception will include catered appetizers, wine and beer.

Current Exhibit

Artists of the Pike’s Peak Region: Why Did They Come?

A group of 10 community curators explored the reasons artists came to the Pikes Peak region. Through the thematic lenses of inspiration, education, destination, and medication the participants prepared a show that shows the great impact and the legacy left through the work of many regional artists.

Upcoming Exhibit

A group from Patrick Henry Elementary School is taking over the community gallery! Under the guidance of the museum registrar, curator, and exhibit designer these students will create an exhibit about the fascinating natural and cultural history of minerals in the Pikes Peak region. This exhibit will open in April of 2012.

Sound like something you’d like to do?

This would be a great activity for anyone who has a passion for history and would like to be a part of the Museum’s mission to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region.

This program is open to persons at least 18 years of age. Teenagers 14-17 years old are welcome to register with a paying adult who is also participating. Cost for this Museum Experience is $125 per person for Museum Members, and $150 for non-members. Stay-tuned for the announcement of our next Museum Experience program.

If you are interested in participating in future Museum Experience programs please contact us at 385-5990 or email us at COSMuseum@springsgov.com.