45 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone: (719) 685-5455
Fax: (719) 685-1433
Arts & Museums
Dating back to 1100 CE, these well-preserved Anasazi cliff dwellings are a must visit for anyone interested in history and ancient cultures. The dwellings feature over 40 rooms, including a revered ceremonial kiva. All the tours are self-guided and require some ladder and stair climbing to enter the structures. Two on-site museums, which feature Anasazi artifacts, offer sharp insight on the how, where, when and why of this cliff-dwelling culture. Visit from June to August and witness traditional Indian dancers.
There is no mistaking this shop as just another generic gallery. Its white walls and displays brim with authentic Native American art. Ranging from traditional to contemporary the gallery offers handmade Hopi, Zuni and Navajo jewelry crafted from silver, coral, shell and turquoise. Kachina dolls, decorative and functional pottery, rugs and Zuni fetish carvings are well stocked. There are also varied selections of Navajo weavings and folk art. Even if you are not shopping, this gallery is worth a visit just for the cultural and museum-like attributes of its stock.
This 1895 castle looks like the work of a restless architect with decision problems. It boasts nine distinct architectural styles, including English Tudor and Byzantine. Built as a home for a wealthy priest, it features 46 rooms, including an eight-sided chapel, and the famed Drawing Room that features a gold ceiling and a massive 200-ton sandstone fireplace. Another remarkable feature is its walls, which are two-feet thick. The Tearoom offers a modest menu. Visit in December and be awed by the outdoor Christmas lights. Guided group tours need to be reserved in advance.
This commercial gallery has been a trusted source of sculpture and finely crafted gifts for many years. Well known as a creative and unusual accessory store, it offers "ooh-look-at-that" kaleidoscopes, fashion jewelry, exquisite handcrafted furniture, hand-blown glass and many other exceptional creations in addition to sculptures. Different presentations and shows featuring local and national artists are offered throughout the year. Pricing can vary a great deal between inexpensive and expensive, but most items tend to be well priced for the quality.
In this old house, given new life with Spanish-inspired paint, Cucuru Gallery Cafe showcases art on the walls while serving delicious coffee drinks and lunch foods. They have a large patio where you'll find people doing the tango on warm nights. They even offer lessons for those who want to dance, but aren't familiar with the steps. Live music can be heard here from time to time. Overall it's a lively atmosphere in which to enjoy coffee or tapas!
This nifty museum allows you to go back in time 100 years while moseying through genuine Old West buildings. You can slip into an old saloon, visit a sheriff's office and the town jail, or even pan for gold. Cowboy fun can be had at the shooting gallery. Enter the nostalgic arcade to see how folks were once entertained before Nintendo and computer games. Set in Old Colorado City Historic District, in the historic Colorado Midland railroad structure, this museum is just minutes from downtown and is under cover, allowing for year round pleasure.
Built in 1936, this art center, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is more like a mall of art mediums featuring plays, films, paintings and sculpture. Harbored inside the Taylor Museum is one of the world's most extensive collections of Native American and Hispanic art. It also displays the works of Georgia O'Keeffe and Charles Russell, and presents ever-changing special art exhibitions. The Repertory Theatre Company features musicals and sponsors weekly showings of classic films. In addition, there is the Bemis Art school, an art library, and dining at the Balcony restaurant.
The American Numismatic Association Money Museum is a great place to learn about the making and history of money. You'll see both ancient and modern forms of currency along with equipment that was used to manufacture it. Kids can learn and have fun participating in organized activities and free classes at the museum. The main exhibit changes every year, so check the website or call to see what's currently on display.
The fact that one must ring a doorbell and wait for a guide to answer the front door aptly underscores the quaintness of this museum. Built in 1873, this little cottage of history offers a rare peep at life during the Victorian era. Its rooms are meticulously filled with ornate chairs, high-back sofas, rose-colored drapery and "wow-look-at-that" marble fireplaces. There is even a children's room filled with small furniture and antique dolls which have those creepy, staring looks.
A famous tourist spot in Downtown Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has collection of over 40,000 objects portraying the history and culture of the region. The museum's upper floor houses a courtroom which is a venue for music concerts and plays. It is a beautiful hall with wooden furniture. Apart from these events there are also local community events conducted in this courtroom.
The grace and beauty of figure skating is matched by the grace and beauty of this museum. Recognized as the only center of its kind in the world, it harbors an amazing collection of trophies, medals, skating outfits and programs. There is even a Skate Gallery that exhibits the first skates used 1200 years ago. As a double bonus, the museum also houses the Skating Hall of Fame, featuring plaques and displays of Sonja Henie, Peggy Fleming and Scott Hamilton.
This museum documents rodeo's 19th-century genesis, when it was a cowboy's way of life, to the business and sport it is today. Multimedia presentations and display cases featuring trophies, gear and photos dominate the museum. The Hall of Champions showcases rodeo greats, announcers and clowns. The outside rodeo arena features live rodeo animals. An on-site gift shop shelves all sorts of books, collectibles and music.