Museums

Where the Wild West comes alive

Visit Leadville’s museums to immerse yourself in Colorado’s fascinating history. Learn the story of mining. Experience Silver Rush history. Discover a pioneer synagogue. Tour an opera house deemed a National Treasure, and much more!

Pick up a Passport to Leadville History at the Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center and get a free gift!


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Passport to Leadville History

809 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-3900

        Done for the season.  See you in Summer 2023! Stop by the Leadville Visitor Center to pick up your Passport to Leadville History! Visit at least four of the eight museums, ask the museum staff to sign your passport, and return it to the Visitor Center for a free Leadville-themed gift! Visit these eight local museums: Heritage Museum - Discover ...

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        Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin

        912 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-0487  |  Website >

              Closed temporarily, opening date TBD.  Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Discover two of Leadville's earliest houses for a glimpse of life in a booming silver-mining town. The Dexter Cabin and Healy House feature lavish Victorian furniture, including objects belonging to Horace and Augusta Tabor, and a beautiful Victorian garden. Healy House August R. Meyer's 1878 Greek Revival clapboard ...

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              Heritage Museum

              102 E 9th St, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-1878

                    Closed for the season.  See you in Summer 2023! To learn more about what makes Leadville tick, explore the fine collection of Leadville memorabilia at the Heritage Museum. Leadville Ice Palace Did you know that in 1896, Leadville built a five-acre ice palace, complete with 90’ high ice towers with turrets, life-sized sculptures of prospectors and burros, an ice skating ...

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                    House with the Eye

                    127 W 4th St, Leadville, CO 80461  |  719-293-2391

                          Closed for the season.  See you in Summer 2023! What would Leadville's charming Victorian homes have looked like inside during the boom days? The House with the Eye provides a glimpse. Built in 1879, the House with the Eye was originally the personal residence of Eugene Robitaille, a Canadian architect, builder, and carpenter. The house itself is an architectural gem, ...

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                          Matchless Mine

                          Co Rd 3, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-1229  |  Website >

                                Closed for the season.  See you in Summer 2023! Legends swirl around the Matchless Mine, the place where one of Leadville's most notorious silver kings, Horace Tabor, struck it rich and where his mistress-turned-wife died alone and penniless in 1935. Horace Tabor amassed great wealth almost overnight when he bought the Matchless Mine in 1879, which became one of the ...

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                                National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

                                120 W 9th St, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-1229  |  Website >

                                      What would it be like to work in a mine, blasting rock in narrow passageways deep underground? You can imagine it at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum. Tour replicas of caves and mines, check out the masks past miners wore to breathe and the carbide lamps that lit their way, and see photos of the people who’ve run ...

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                                      Tabor Home

                                      116 East 5th Street, Leadville, CO  |  719-293-2391

                                            Closed for the season.  See you in Summer 2023! The home of silver king Horace Tabor and his first wife, Augusta, was built around 1877 and moved from its original site on Harrison Ave. to its present location to make room for the Tabor Opera House. The couple lived in this home until 1881, when Horace left Augusta for his ...

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                                            Tabor Opera House

                                            Tabor Opera House, Harrison Avenue, Leadville  |  (719) 486-8409  |  Website >

                                                  Tours Closed for the Season.  See you in Summer 2023! Leadville's historic Tabor Opera House was once billed as the finest theatre between St. Louis and San Francisco. Silver baron Horace Tabor, who made his fortune in Leadville, built this opulent building in 1879 in a mere 100 days. It is now undergoing its first major rehabilitation since 1879. Join ...

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                                                  Temple Israel

                                                  201 West 4th Street, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (303) 709-7050  |  Website >

                                                        Built in 1884, Temple Israel is the oldest of the area’s frontier synagogues. After a fire in 2006, the building was historically restored to near original condition. It now serves as a museum and research institution that documents the lives of Jewish pioneers during Leadville’s mining boom era. Jewish Immigrants in Leadville When silver was discovered in Leadville, nearly 30,000 people ...

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