(Aspen, Colorado - CO, USA)
Aspen boasts a long and interesting history, and contains a number of very appealing museums, which tend to document its former life as a booming silver mining town, whilst also celebrating its current seasonal skiing industry.
The resort's founders envisioned Aspen as being a center for culture and the arts, and the town has gained a well earned reputation as such. Several attractions in town remember Aspen's volatile boom and bust nature, with two of the most notable being the Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum, and the Stallard House, where a guided tour will provide you with an insight into local Victorian life towards the end of the 19th century.
Holden / Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum
Address: 40180 Highway 82, Aspen, Colorado CO, 81611, USA
Tel: +1 970 925 3721
This popular attraction, with numerous artifacts and other displays, is a great way to learn about the town's short-lived silver boom as well as its ranching history. The Holden / Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum is located on the site of the 1891 Holden Lixiviation Mill, on the western edge of town and off Highway US-82. Close by is the town's golf course and the Cross Country Center.
Open hours: mid-June to early October, Tuesday to Saturday - 13:00 to 17:00, tour by appointment
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children, children 12 years old and under are free, fee includes the Wheeler / Stallard House Museum
Wheeler / Stallard House Museum
Address: 620 West Bleeker Street, Aspen, Colorado CO, 81611, USA
Tel: +1 970 925 3721
The Wheeler / Stallard House distinctive 19th-century Queen Anne style house and home to the Aspen Historical Society Museum. Amongst the main attractions are an array of detailed exhibits and memorabilia documenting the town's rich history, including Ute culture, mining, railroads and the birth of the region's significant ski resorts. Also of note is a section devoted to famous local artist Thomas W. Benton (1930 to 2007), who was best known for his political posters.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 13:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children, children 12 years old and under are free, fee includes the Holden / Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum