What are the best Colorado Springs museums?

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You’ll find one of Colorado Springs’ most unusual museums right on the grounds of The Broadmoor . The Carriage House and Museum houses a collection of historic conveyances originally owned by the hotel’s founders, Spencer and Julie Penrose. So if you didn’t know your phaetons from your Concord coaches, surreys, shooting traps, hooded gigs and opera buses before, you will now. 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 — read: they’re quirky — while the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame attests to the city’s longtime 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—as well as a lovely café. The occasional major traveling exhibition has been known to end up here instead of its better-established Denver counterpart — quite the coup.

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