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You’ll find one of Colorado Springs’ most unusual museums right on the grounds of The Broadmoor itself. The Penrose Heritage Museum houses a collection of historic conveyances originally owned by the hotel’s founders, Spencer and Julie Penrose; if you didn’t know your phaetons from your Concord coaches, surreys, shooting traps, hooded gigs and opera buses before, you will after a visit here. A new addition has been added called the Hill Climb Museum and it includes cars from the iconic "Race to the Clouds," the second-oldest auto race in the United States. The Penrose Heritage Museum is open daily and is free.
Off-premises, history buffs will also appreciate the Western Museum of Mining & Industry and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, both dedicated to preserving Colorado’s wild and woolly past, while the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame attests to the city’s role as a major seat of U.S. Olympic ice skating. And for art lovers, the 12-gallery museum at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is a regional treasure, with a strong emphasis on Western and Southwestern works. Be sure to ask the concierge at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel about tickets to any of the nearby museums; they'll be able to help arrange transportation, if you haven’t brought your own.