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. 

To celebrate its 80th Anniversary, the Penrose Heritage Museum recently unveiled a new exhibit featuring never before seen artifacts, historic photographs, archival records and film footage of Julie and Spencer Penrose. This intimate peek into the lives of the Penroses offers visitors a new look into their personalities, their lives both separately and as a couple, and their beliefs that led them to invest so deeply in community. As two remarkable individuals, this dynamic couple left a lasting legacy on Colorado Springs and the greater western United States. Visitors have the opportunity to not just learn about the Penrose legacy, but to live it.

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.

El Pomar Foundation continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Colorado.  In an effort to remain a strong and steady community partner, and in adherence with CDC health recommendations, masks are highly encouraged and recommended for employees and guests regardless of vaccination status in all indoor common areas (including hallways) of the Foundation and its properties. Please also follow CDC guidelines around social distancing, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and staying home if you feel ill.

Museum staff manage visitor capacity in the building to ensure no more than 50 people are in the museum at one time. Only groups of 15 or more are required to make reservations to visit the museum.

How is the Museum protecting visitors?
  • Staff are following CDC social distancing guidelines and wearing masks when recommended by the CDC and the State of Colorado.
  • 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.
Can my group visit?

Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more people. Please call Penrose Heritage Museum at 719-577-7065 to make a reservation for your group.

Can I schedule a guided tour?

We are not offering guided tours at this time.

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?

It is always the rule at Penrose Heritage Museum that visitors do not lean on carriages or race cars or touch or handle artifacts in the Museum. Hand sanitizer is provided for any elements of the Museum that must be touched, such as door handles and railings.

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.