Opened in spring 2012 after the demolition of the maligned Colorado History Museum, the History Colorado Center is a stunning new facility, from the striking (and green) architecture to the “Great Map of Colorado” inlaid in the lobby (you can interact with it via movable multimedia “time machines”) to the exhibits (including the state’s original constitution). The permanent “Colorado Stories” gallery covers skiing with a ski jump simulator, Lincoln Hills, a segregation-era resort for African-Americans, Bent’s Fort on the southeastern plains, and the Sand Creek Massacre. Many of the galleries are empty, awaiting sponsors for expansion. New in 2013 is the “Living West” exhibit covering the environmental history of Colorado from the Anasazi era forward. Allow 1 to 2 hours.