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“A delighful Museum with Great Hands-On Experiences”

South Park City Museum
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Fairplay
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Mountainair, New Mexico
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237 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“A delighful Museum with Great Hands-On Experiences”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

My wife and I visited this museum on a recent vacation to the area. The South Park City Museum is a real cut above most other types of restored or living history attractions. The city of Fairplay was ravaged by fire in the 1860's and only a hand full of the original buildings survived. South Park City has restored the main street to its original condition and you can barely tell where the old merges with the new.

We particularly enjoyed all the hands on exhibits housed in many of the restored buildings. The kids visiting the park particularly like climbing on the old narrow gauge steam train. What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Visited June 2014
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Pleasant Hill, California
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Humble Museum Full of Interest”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Because the bulk of the artifacts were collected over 50 years ago, they have a narrative power derived from their very ordinariness. Well-worn dolls, drug-store sundries, student homework assignments--these are things that had survived since the 1800s in attics and sheds, but would not have made it through many more purges had they not been gathered up in the 1950s and used to create a fascinating look into early Colorado life. The museum is arranged in 30-some buildings, each with a peek into a type of resident (i.e., trapper, miner, train conductor) or aspect of life (I.e., saloon, wash-house, school, mason hall). There are interesting signs and information displayed, but the museum isn't overly interpreted or curated: you take in the artifacts and context without being distracted by too much explanation. Top notch.

Visited June 2014
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Hertfordshire , Uk
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94 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“We really enjoyed our visit”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Given that the buildings were all wooden and essentially temporary in nature, it is amazing so much has survived. It is an amazing educational resource for young and old alike. We spent several hours here exploring the preserved buildings and climbing over the train. We could not resist trying out the sound effects on the train. There some amazing collections on display.
Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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Fairplay, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Step Back In Time”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is an amazing interactive museum that offers a fun educational experience at a very reasonable price. Excellent for every age group and ability!

Visited October 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great!”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

A fascinating glimpse into life 100 years ago. Definitely worth a stop and visit to see how life was. Very well preserved and informative. Spend 10 minutes watching the video in the museum it is certainly worth it and helps put perspective around life back then.

Visited October 2013
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