Penrose Heritage Museum
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.
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.
Penrose Heritage Museum is structured for self-guided tours. We recommend allowing one to two hours for your visit.
Guided tours are offered for individuals, families, and groups. All guided tours are free but require an advanced reservation.
Plan to arrive at the museum 10 minutes prior to your reserved time to allow for check in. Please be aware that if your group arrives late, your tour may be shortened.
We require reservations two weeks prior to the desired date. If you attempt to make a reservation less than two weeks out, we will do our best to schedule your group, but cannot guarantee that the reservation can be accommodated. To make a reservation for your group, please call Penrose Heritage Museum at (719) 577-7065 or contact us.
If you must cancel your reservation, please do so at least 48 hours prior to your visit.
Days and Times
Guided tours can be scheduled for:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
Guided tours can be adapted to fit the time constraints, needs, or interests of your group. For a guided tour of museum highlights, please allow one hour.
Penrose Heritage Museum is a great destination for student groups, historical associations, corporate outings, and groups with special needs. We can accommodate groups of up to 20 people. If you have a group larger than 20, we will need to divide the party into two tour groups. Groups larger than 40 can only be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Penrose Heritage Museum welcomes visitors of all ages. However, we require one chaperone above the age of 18 for every eight students in grades K–12 and one chaperone for every five preschool students. Chaperones must stay with their assigned students at all times.