Not Just Your Granddad’s Diorama

On View Now

The Denver diorama, a 1930s-era public works project showing central Denver in 1860, dazzled visitors at the Colorado History Museum for almost seventy-five years. In the 1930s, the diorama broke new ground: funded by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and its successor, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), it provided badly needed employment to out-of-work historians, artists, architects, and craftspeople, and it helped kick off a period of creative activity that marked the first Golden Age of the Colorado Historical Society—today’s History Colorado.

Exhibit developers have restored the diorama in a new state-of-the-art exhibit case in the lobby of the History Colorado Center. The setting makes a longtime favorite accessible to new generations.

Presented by Wells Fargo in the Dick and Eddie Robinson Family Gathering Space


Members receive free admission to History Colorado museums and sites around the state for a full year.


True West magazine names History Colorado Center top must-see museum of 2013.