Penrose Heritage Museum 


Temporary Closure

In compliance with state and county guidelines, the Penrose Heritage Museum will close to the public effective 5:00pm Friday, November 27 until further notice. The Museum will also be closed November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving.


Penrose Heritage Museum showcases the history and heritage of the Pikes Peak region through the personal artifact collection of Colorado Springs’ philanthropists Spencer and Julie Penrose.

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Penrose Heritage Museum

The Penrose Legacy includes the construction of the Pikes Peak Auto Highway (1915), the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (1916), the Broadmoor Hotel (1918), the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (1926), the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (1936), the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun (1937), and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (1937) – just to name a few of Colorado Springs’ most iconic attractions!

 

The museum exhibits 30 carriages, western cultural artifacts, and 15 race cars that competed in the infamous Race to the Clouds, one of the oldest motorsport events in the U.S., second only to the Indianapolis 500. 

Whether you are interested in the Penrose legacy, regional history, transportation, or motor sports, Penrose Heritage Museum is a cultural institution you will not want to miss when visiting Colorado Springs.

How do I make reservations?

Reservations can be made for one-hour blocks. Available time slots are:

  • 10:00am-11:00am (reserved for elderly and other high-risk visitors)
  • 11:00am-12:00pm
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm

Visitors who would like to visit the Museum for more than one hour may reserve two consecutive time slots if available. No more than 10 persons are permitted inside of the Museum at one time. Groups of 10 will only be permitted if availability exists. Groups over 10 persons are not permitted at this time.

Visitors who arrive at the Museum without a reservation will be required to wait outside and call the Museum to confirm availability prior to gaining admittance.

 

Preparing for Your Visit

By making a reservation to visit Penrose Heritage Museum you agree to the following visitation policies developed in compliance with guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19:

If you are feeling ill, or running a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home. You can contact the Museum at 719-577-7065 to reschedule your visit.

  • All guests over the age of ten are required, per Colorado Executive Order D 2020 138, to wear their own personal face covering during their visit. All Museum staff are required to wear face coverings for your protection. Please, do not forget your face coverings, we will not be able to let you into the Museum without them!
  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your reservation. The doors to the Museum will remain locked at all times. Museum staff will let you into the museum for your reservation. Please prepare to wait outside of the Museum until your reserved time.
  • If you arrive late for your reservation, we will not be able to extend the length of your visit.
  • Visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines, staying at least six feet away from guests not in your party as well as Museum staff at all times.
  • When you arrive at the Museum, please call us at 719-577-7065 and Museum staff will open the door for you.
During Your Visit
  • All visitors over the age of ten are required, per Colorado Executive Order D 2020 138, to wear their own personal face covering for the duration of their visit. All Museum staff are required to wear face coverings for your protection.
  • Visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines, staying at least six feet away from guests not in your party as well as Museum staff at all times.
  • Museum staff will manage visitor capacity in the building.
  • Touch with your eyes only! During this time, we are removing access to some of our hands-on features. We also ask that you please avoid touching exhibit labels in the Museum.
How is the Museum protecting visitors?
  • Our staff are required to wear face coverings to protect the health of our visitors.
  • We are disinfecting commonly touched surfaces daily.
  • We are regulating the number of visitors inside of the Museum at any given time to ensure social distancing of six feet at all times.
  • Staff are taking frequent breaks to wash hands. Touchless hand sanitizing stations are available for visitors.
  • All hands-on exhibits or facilities have been removed.
Can my group visit?

No more than 10 visitors are permitted inside of the Museum at one time. Groups exceeding 10 persons are not permitted at this time. Groups of 10 may be accommodated if no other reservations exist for a specific time slot.

Can I schedule a guided tour?

We are not offering guided tours at this time.

Do you have special hours for elderly or other at-risk visitors?

Yes! The 10:00am-11:00am timeslot is available exclusively for elderly or other at-risk visitors.

Can I bring food or beverages?

Please bring water! We are unable to offer drinking fountains at this time. Beverages other than water are not permitted inside Penrose Heritage Museum. Food is not permitted inside of the Museum.

Can I touch things?

Touch with your eyes! Hands-on elements have been removed for your safety. Hand sanitizer is provided for any elements of the Museum that must be touched (such as bathroom doors). We ask that you avoid touching any surfaces that are unnecessary to touch, such as exhibit labels. It is always the rule at Penrose Heritage Museum that visitors do not lean on carriages or race cars, nor touch or handle artifacts in the Museum.

Where do I park?

Visitors to the Museum can park for free in The Broadmoor parking garage located next to the Museum. Museum staff will provide a parking validation for 1.5 hours.