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“An amazing look into 19th century mountain/mining camp life”

South Park City Museum
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Fairplay
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

This museum has ~40 buildings that have been assembled to replicate a late-1800's Colorado town. The buildings come from surrounding mountain towns and hold over 60,000 historical items (at least that's what the staff said--I don't doubt it, there's a ton of cool items in every building). I love that you can walk into every building and get a feel for what it was really like to live or work there--from the creak of the floorboards to the sun shining through seed glass it's a thoroughly engrossing experience.

The "city" was great for kids, too. Even my 3-year-old's attention was kept by the displays and the interactive nature of the musem. Granted, her favorite part was playing on the locomotive and looking for a local chipmunk, but still, she did well considering we spent nearly three hours at the museum.

We've been to several frontier/mining camp/Old West-type museums and this is certainly the most comprehensive one we've found.

4  Thank toad94
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Reviewed August 25, 2010

This place looked like it might stink - we were skeptical about relocated buildings - but it was GREAT! Wonderfully curated museum with 42 buildings, 7 of them original to the town, the rest moved from the county. How they got so many artifacts is beyond me, but this is obviously a labor of love and it shows. We easily spent over 3 hours strolling the town and absorbing the history. If you're anywhere near this place, pay it a visit. It is easily worth 4 times the $8 cost of admission.

2  Thank AngelesAvary
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Reviewed July 13, 2008

I'm a history nut, so I loved this place. It's a tiny town put together with authentic buildings from various Colorado ghost towns. It's $5 admission for adults. There are such places as a pharmacy, school house, dentist office, saloon. There's a train car, lots of historic paraphernalia and informative signs. A good detour from the road. Good for kids and adults alike.

3  Thank MVPgirl
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Reviewed June 21, 2007

The South Park museum is an authentic Old West city block in a beautiful location. The museum is in downtown Fairplay, the primary town of the South Park region. The town is located at app. 10,000 feet, surrounded by 12,000-14,000 foot peaks.

The Museum is not touristy, but rather authentic old buildings with genuine antiques. The museum is located right next to Fairplay's small shopping district which has a few nice shops and restaurants.

3  Thank Teachzebra
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