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Black American West Museum
Ranked #114 of 267 things to do in Denver
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Owner description: A museum that explores the history of black cowboys, wranglers and ranchers in the American West.
Reviewed November 29, 2012

I've been to libraries around the world and its NOT often that one gets to encounter live actoresses and actors depicting characters among the museum's collection! The fact that the building that houses the unique artifacts is itself a museum piece makes this museum visit positively exceptional. The staff has ALWAYS been courteous and eager to assist. Hats off to Denver and its Historic Five Points Community!!!!!!

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The Black American West Museum and Heritage Center is definitely worth visiting. It is located in a renovated home that once belonged to Dr, Justina Ford, who was the first licensed black female doctor in the state. The museum has a display showing medical equipment that was used during her era (first half of 20th century) and numerous photographs.

The upper level of the museum has displays and photographs of black cowboys (which were much more common than I realized), pictures of Buffalo Soldiers, and a nice collection of western memorabilia.

We didn't have time to view a short film on Dearfield, CO, which was a town in which almost all citizens were black - unusual for the state. There is also a small gift shop. The museum is self-guiding but the employees are eager to answer questions about the displays and the Five Points neighborhood.

We toured the museum in about 25 minutes, I thought it would have had a few more exhibits but it was still worth seeing. A transportation hub is right across the street so it is easy to get to by light rail, bus, or car.

2  Thank Liketojourney
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Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

I was visiting from chicago for the first time & I wanted to experience something different so my friend & I ventured out here. We really enjoyed learning about african american west history which you dnt hear a whole lot about. It was refreshing to learn about a prominent female african american doctor in the early 1900s who delivered over 7000 babies in that house. Its nice to hear a different story of the west and its development from an african american point of view, and to get an opportunity to learn about the challenges and hardships that they faced in the early west days. I really liked the tour & the guide was very knowledgable and sweet. I'm so glad that we came out. The house was actually lifted to the location that its in now but if you dnt pay attention you will miss it bcus its right across the street from a bus depot and in a residential area of town and looks just like the other houses on the street.

Thank ashley f
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We went here and didn't expect to love it so much! The tour guide is amazing and its interesting to be in such a cool house with artifacts. More people need to visit here.

Thank Desi63085
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

Slightly out of the centre but only a light train ride away at the end of the line (so no chance of getting lost :-)
The story of African Americans in the West both as Cowboys & a creators of new towns. Housed in the original home of a great woman doctor who was not able to practice within the bigoted system of the times
A real eye opener

Thank Craig W
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