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!


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Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin

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

        Come see us for the 2022 summer season, opening date TBD.  Please call ahead. 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 ...

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        Heritage Museum

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

              Come see us for the 2022 summer season, opening date TBD.  Please call ahead. 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 ...

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              House with the Eye

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

                    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, and its contents display the day-to-day life, virtues, and vices ...

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                    Matchless Mine

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

                          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 most productive silver mines of the era. Soon after, he ...

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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

                                      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 mistress, Baby Doe. Augusta, Leadville's "First Lady," had great courage, ...

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                                      Tabor Opera House

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

                                            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 us for tours and performances! Attend a Live Performance in 2022 ...

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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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