CSPM One Step Closer to Reopening - CSPM

CSPM One Step Closer to Reopening

Last Day to Visit the CSPM Annex is Wednesday, May 1

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (CSPM) HVAC Renovation and Exhibition Expansion project is one step closer to realization.

The HVAC Installation is near completion and soon the system will go through testing and commissioning to ensure functionality. Renovation work began in April to create a new exhibition gallery and publicly viewable collections workspace. Once the historic 1903 El Paso County Courthouse opens, visitors will now have access to these space that were previously inaccessible to the public.

The CSPM's historic South Courtroom.
The historic south courtroom prior to the construction work.
Division III Courtroom currently being rehabilitated into an exhibition gallery space. The room is empty except for plastic sheeting on the floor, the wood paneling and the chandeliers. There is also scaffolding on the right side of the room.
Division III Courtroom currently being rehabilitated into an exhibition gallery space.
Southwest Storage after the removal of artifacts and shelving.
Southwest Storage after the removal of artifacts and shelving.
Southwest Collections Storage construction work, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.
Southwest Storage undergoing construction work, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

CSPM will close its temporary annex space on Wednesday, May 1 as staff begin focusing their efforts on preparing the historic courthouse for its grand reopening. This extensive project impacted every part of the building including collection storage areas, exhibits and staff offices. Museum staff will begin moving collections to their permanent locations, reinstalling exhibits and returning to staff areas while creating and unveiling brand-new galleries for visitors

“We wanted to continue engaging our community with the region’s history. The CSPM Annex allowed the Museum to focus on this mission while our main facility was under construction. We are excited to reach this point in the project where we concentrate on creating new visitor experiences and reopening the historic 1903 El Paso County Courthouse for all residents and visitors by mid-summer.”

The public is encouraged to visit the CSPM Annex between now and May 1. The CSPM Annex is located at the Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon Street, Suite 100 and operates on Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free to visit Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight, Ute Knowledge: Colorado’s Original STEM, and Story of Us: Pikes Peak Regional History exhibits. 

Plan Your Visit to the CSPM Annex

Operates on Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free

Following the closure of the CSPM Annex, staff will continue to offer special programs throughout the community during the month of May and June:

A Historic Project

The CSPM is undergoing a $6.2 million capital project to install a state-of-art HVAC system and expand exhibition galleries.

The Exhibition Expansion Capital Project was made possible through private donations including our leading funders Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Corporation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, El Pomar Foundation, History Colorado State Historical Fund, and Downtown Development Authority.