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Pikes Peak Culture Pass lets you explore museums and attractions in the Pikes Peak region at no cost – all you need is a library card! By collaborating with local organizations, PPLD provides free admission passes for check out, similar to how you check out an eBook or other electronic resource. The Pikes Peak Culture Pass will increase opportunities for education and cultural learning, creating increased connection between books and hands-on experiences.
Space Foundation Discovery Center - UNDER RENOVATION UNTIL SPRING 2024
Beginning Nov. 19th, Space Foundation Discovery Center will be CLOSED until Spring 2024 as they begin “building their next stage.” These renovations will include several new additions for everyone to enjoy including new interactive exhibit spaces on Drones and Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) as well as improved lighting, flooring and other facility upgrades. These additions will help every visitor to “discover what’s next” by providing new hands-on experiences with emerging technologies and other discoveries that are changing our understanding of our universe.
Once renovations are complete, Culture Passes for the Space Foundation Discovery Center will once again be available.
How does it work?
Patrons 12 years old and older with a valid PPLD library card (400 series and PowerPass accounts in good standing) can login to a dedicated reservation page and book a pass online up to 30 days in advance by searching either the desired location or the date. Patrons can print their confirmation, which will serve as their entry ticket, directly from home or at any Library location. The admission pass is only valid on the date requested. The number of people admitted per pass varies by location and will be shown on the reservation page and printed confirmation. Patrons will be allowed to reserve one admission pass per destination once every six months, and may reserve only one museum pass at a time.
What locations can I visit?
The Library is currently in partnership with the following museums and cultural institutions:
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
The 132,286 square-foot facility hosts major international traveling and ever-changing exhibitions featuring works from the FAC’s significant permanent collection, bringing a wide variety of art experiences to Colorado Springs.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Come explore world-class wildlife displays that take you to Earth’s wildest places, huge dinosaurs that transport you back in time, interactive space exhibits that make your mind wonder, and personalized health science fun that puts your body to the test. Patrons may also access member-pricing for temporary exhibition tickets and discounts in the gift shop and café. Temporary exhibitions are subject to selling out.
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery
This gallery features the works of sculptor Michael Garman, including many of his large-scale Cityscape Street Scenes. This includes Michael’s largest creation Magic Town, which is a 1/6th scale miniaturized urban neighborhood, complete with dozens of handcrafted buildings, alleyways, and sidewalk scenes. Many incorporate what Michael referred to as “Magical Elements”. These “Magical Elements” include scene changing rooms that transform before your very eyes, alleyways that appear to go on forever, holograms, as well as other visual and sound effects to transport you into the stories that are revealed in each window and around every corner. A must see, unique, one-of-a-kind experience!
The Money Museum
Through the discovery of money, America’s largest museum dedicated to numismatics brings culture to life. The museum explores art, history, science, and much more to promote the diverse nature of money and related items.
Pikes Peak – America's Mountain (PPAM)
The safe and scenic Pikes Peak Highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy 19 miles of mountain terrain, with frequent breathtaking views, four different Colorado life zones and unique animal sightings. From the summit’s various viewing areas, snap photos of Pikes Peak’s incredible scenery. Pikes Peak is one of Colorado’s majestic 14’ers and is one of few places so grand in scale that is also accessible first-hand by people of all ages and abilities.
The ProRodeo Hall of Fame
This museum educates the public about rodeo, its history, and its impact on Western American culture. The Hall of Fame provides recognition to rodeo notables of the past and present, and serves as an inspiration for the future.
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site at Garden of the Gods
The ranch stewards a diverse outdoor living history museum by engaging, inspiring, and educating guests with the cultural and agricultural stories of the Pikes Peak Region from 1775—1907.
Space Foundation Discovery Center - UNDER RENOVATION UNTIL SPRING 2024
The Space Foundation is the region's first and only dedicated space, science, and technology center. It is an interactive, education-focused destination that advances science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) in the exciting context of space exploration, development and utilization.
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
The museum offers an immersive and universally accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Through interactive exhibits, innovative displays, and a comprehensive artifact collection, the 60,000-square-foot attraction instills the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect, as well as the Paralympic values of determination, equality, inspiration, and courage in every visitor.
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, The United States Olympic and Paralympic committee serves as both the national Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting, and empowering America's athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. Get inspired as you take a guided tour through our country’s flagship training center, the very place Team USA athletes train!
Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
This museum highlights the colorful history of exploration, ranching, gold mining and railroading from the legendary Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Rush. The museum captures the lives and relics of the gold mining era in the Pikes Peak region and offers families an opportunity to live the glory days with hands-on gold panning activities, walking tours, and guided bus tours. The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum is a non-profit organization housed in an original 1899 building with two floors of artifacts, books, exhibits and photographs depicting the life in Victor from its beginnings to the heyday of gold mining.
Western Museum of Mining and Industry
The mission of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry is to educate the public about the history and continuing contributions of mining, ranching, and other supporting industries in the American West. Open since 1970, WMMI proudly features working machinery, a model mining drift and gold panning station in the 12,200 square foot exhibit hall, plus historic buildings and machinery on its beautiful 27-acre campus.
Benefits vary by destination. As stated above, the number of people that your Cultural Pass will admit varies by location. Library cardholders are responsible for reviewing the institution’s rules, requirements, expectations, etc. prior to reserving their pass. PPLD is not responsible for any content of their exhibitions. Need help booking or cancelling passes? Call (719) 531-6333 and select your preferred Library location.
Other FREE museums and cultural attractions in the area:
- 4th Infantry Division Museum
- Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center
- Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
- Cottonwood Center for the Arts
- Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum
- Every Kid Outdoors: Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters for 4th Graders
- The Florissant Schoolhouse Museum
- Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum
- Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
- Kreuser Gallery
- Lucretia Vaile Museum
- Manitou Springs Heritage Center
- Old Colorado City Historical Society & History Center
- Penrose Heritage Museum
- Peterson Air and Space Museum
- Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum
- Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
- Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
- U.S. Air Force Academy's Planetarium
- UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
- Ute Pass Historical Society