Burlington Old Town Museum
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One of Most Outstanding Outdoor Historical Museums
VISIT -- COLORADO'S OUTBACK -- THE OTHER COLORADO
Old Town is "life in the past lane" by turning back the hands of time in rural America. While visiting Old Town, enjoy the trademarks of the Wild, Wild West. During the summer season we offer a soda fountain, hand dipped ice cream treats, CanCan shows, gunfights, and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Burlington is also home of the historic Kit Carson County Carousel, which was awarded the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation in 2007. The Carousel, which was originally located at Elitch Gardens, is one of only 89. A complement to the history of the region, Burlington also houses the wonderful and historic Old Town Museum. A treasure of the pioneer days, Old Town gives visitors a chance to experience life in the simpler, nostalgic days of the Wild West.
Looking for a unique place to host your wedding, Dad's 50th Birthday party or a Family Reunion banquet they'll talk about for years? Our facilities are just the ticket! We have a 22,000 square foot space with a saloon, small stage, and historic wedding chapel. WI-FI available. It is the only conference center between Denver & Burlington.
Perfect for families that are spread across the mid-west!
FACILITY AMENITIES: Historic Location, Museum, Conference Center, Catering
Depot (1889), law office, bank/real estate office, barber shop, cream station, general store, blacksmith shop, old town barn, caretaker's house, soddies (sod houses), school house (1911), church (1921), doll house, manor house, old town drug store/doctor's office, leather shop, wood shop, jail cells, Longhorn Saloon, newspaper office, and the Heritage Hall with exhibits.
The Old Town Emporium is a shopper's delight . . . 2,000 square feet of hand-crafted collectibles, gifts, keepsakes and souvenirs.
OLD TOWN EXPRESS: Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride to the Kit Carson County Carousel!! The wagon runs every weekend, Memorial Day through Labor Day and by special arrangements for groups the rest of the year.
Relive the era of the soda jerk, the jukebox, and chocolate sodas. Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream treats of all kinds! Memorial Day through the start of the school year.
The carousel is open Memorial Day to Labor Day from 1 to 8 pm. Old Town operates the Carousel the rest of the year for group tours arranged at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
Of the nearly 4,000 wooden carousels carved in America between 1885 and the 1930s, fewer than 150 are still in existence. Our Carousel features one of the finest of these survivors that can be found in full operation. The sixth of 74 carousels manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) between 1904 and 1933, the Kit Carson County Carousel is a three-row, stationary (the animals do not move up and down) machine housed in a 12-sided frame building. It is the only antique carousel in America still having original paint on both the scenery panels and on the animals, and PTC No. 6 is the only surviving menagerie (having other animals in addition to horses) carousel made by PTC. And it's fully operational!
HOURS: Please call: 719-346-8404; 800-288-1334.
CLOSED: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years
RATES: Seniors (60+) $5, Adults $6, Children (12-17) $4, Children (3-11) $2, Children under 3: Free
DISCOUNTS: AAA Discount, Group Discount (call for details), Senior Citizen Discount
ACTIVITIES: Special Events, Tours, Walking Paths
SCHOOL DAZE: The second Wednesday in May -- A day set aside for schools to bring their students to learn about the settling of the plains.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: Celebrate July 4th with special activities throughout the complex.
HALLOWEEN: Attend one of the best family activities in the area the Saturday before Halloween. Trick or treat in the Old Town buildings and go through the Haunted House in the barn.
STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS: Celebrate the holiday season the second Saturday in December -- Come to Santa's Workshop and play games, see a play on the big stage, watch puppet shows, ride the miniature train and much, much more!
LOCATION: Easy to get to just off I-70 from either Exit 437 or Exit 438. 420 South 14th Street, Burlington CO 80807.
For Current Event Dates; For a Visitors Guide: 719-346-7382; 800-288-1334.
- Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Seniors. Groups.
- Elevation: 4100 feet above sea level.
- Region: Burlington - Eastern, Colorado
- Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard. Discover Card. American Express.
- Phone: In common area.
- Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Elopements. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
- Group Meeting Area: Indoor room and outdoor area.
- Conference Center: Meeting room with tables and chairs can be set up class room style. Some A/V equipment available for seminars. Call for more details.
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 1000
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in COVERED Outdoor Picnic Area: 250
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Outdoor Open Picnic Area: 1000
- Your Host will Cater or Arrange Meals with Advance Arrangements: Yes
- Your Host will Provide Wedding Planning Help: Yes
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
- Museum: On site.
- Historic/Cultural Tours: On site.