Cripple Creek Museums

Cripple Creek’s variety of cultural and historical opportunities are sure to surprise you. It may be a small town, but it’s got a lot of neat history showcased in the following museums.

Cripple Creek Heritage Center

Enjoy hands-on exhibits that immerse visitors in the glory days of the gold camp. Other exhibits include area geology, flora and fauna, and regional recreation opportunities.

Cripple Creek District Museum

This museum complex contains five buildings:

    • The original Midland Terminal Railway Depot and the Colorado Trading and Transfer Co. building with mining memorabilia and more.
    • Two Victorian apartments.
    • Two miner’s cabins with an assay office, the original Pinnacle Mine headframe, and original mining equipment.


Cripple Creek Jail Museum

Housed in a red-brick building that served as the Teller County Jail for nearly 90 years, this historic Cripple Creek museum gives visitors a taste of the shadier side of life in the World’s Greatest Gold Camp, along with a glimpse into the lives of the lawmen charged with keeping the peace.

Old Homestead House Museum

The Old Homestead was built in 1896 and was the most elegant brothel in Colorado’s Cripple Creek District during its heyday. The house opened in 1958 as a museum and has been a favorite ever since with thousands of visitors from around the world every year.