Broomfield Depot Museum
Visit the Depot Museum & Honey House
2201 W. 10th Avenue, Broomfield, CO 80020 (map)
Open Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on Holidays
Admission is free to the public
Depot Building History
Constructed by Colorado & Southern Railway (C&S) bridge and building crews in 1909, the Broomfield Depot jointly served the C&S and one of its subsidiaries, the Denver & Interurban Railroad. It’s hard to imagine Broomfield as a small town but in 1909 only 160 people resided in the hamlet. Concerned about the lack of housing for a station agent and hoping to attract a married man because they were considered steady and reliable, the railroad built the living-in depot with a family in mind. The Depot was closed in 1967 and became a museum in 1982. The Depot was moved from its original site at 120th and Wadsworth to its current home at Zang Spur Park on February 18, 1976. Guided tours explain the risks and benefits for the railroad employees and their families who lived onsite.
Proclaiming Colorado Black History and Afrofuturism Exhibit
Broomfield Depot Museum
Starting October 7, open most Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore Colorado’s Black History and Afrofuturism in connection with the Museum of Boulder’s new exhibit, Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History. Afrofuturism sits at the intersection of science fiction and real-life activism as a hopeful, creative Black response to American racism that emerged during the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more about Broomfield’s response to the tumult of the 1960s in the context of Colorado’s Black history and Afrofuturism.
Building off of the Broomfield Heights exhibit, which shared the story of Broomfield’s beginnings as a suburb in the 1950s, the Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History and Afrofuturism exhibit will share the story of how the Civil Rights Movement morphed into the Black Power movement during the late 1960s and Broomfield’s reaction to the larger cultural trends at the time.
By juxtaposing Black Panther Party newsletter and magazine copy from the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library with Broomfield Star-Builder newspaper articles and editorials, two distinct stories emerge about the United States and the role of the individual in society. Broomfield is a scant 16 miles from Denver, but during the Civil Rights Movement the gulf of experience and perspective between the two cities was wide. How does this gulf, which is rooted in the historical realities of the 1960s, impact our community today?
What can Afrofuturism (as a way for Black people to assert power and identity) teach us about the experience of African-Americans in the United States and how people shape their identities today and in the future?
Broomfield Depot Museum Restoration
The Broomfield Depot Museum was restored in 2015. Check out this video of the behind-the-scenes of the Depot Museum’s restoration.
Crawford Honey House
The Crawford Honey House dates to 1905. It was built by the Crawford family as a place to process honey from their apiary, which housed over 1,000 beehives during its heyday. Before it was moved to the Depot history campus, the Crawford family rented it out as an apartment. The Honey House was renovated in 2022 and now showcases Broomfield’s agricultural history and the story of beekeeping and the Crawford family. The Crawford honey House is located next to the Broomfield Depot Museum at Zang Spur Park and is open to the public starting April 22, Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
History of Broomfield
Want to learn more about Broomfield's history and how Broomfield became the newest county in the United States? Click on this link to read about Broomfield's history.
Broomfield's history dates back to the late 1800's. With the press of modern development, residents have come together to find ways to preserve the agricultural and social history from that era to the present day. Click Here Version OptionsBroomfield Depot MuseumHeadlineContact Us to learn more about Broomfield's historic preservation.
Broomfield History Collections
Click here Version OptionsBroomfield Depot MuseumHeadlineContact Us to check out all of the cool historic photographs and items found in Broomfield's History Collections database.
1960 to Present Day
Click here to dive into Broomfield's growth from 1960 to today!
Do you know how old Broomfield is as a city? How about how old Broomfield is as a county? Find out by clicking here!
Be a Depot Museum Tour Guide! Interact with the public through providing guided tours and public programming. Volunteers may also open and close the museum, clean exhibits, and share accurate historical information while greeting visitors and answering questions.
Be a Museum History Collections Year-round volunteer or apply to be a Summer Student Apprentice. These positions volunteer in our history collection and archive, accessioning objects and sorting the collection.
Summer Student Volunteer Apprenticeship Position Description -Applications due May 19, 2023
The Friends of Broomfield History is a membership-based nonprofit organization that supports the Broomfield Depot Museum through advocacy, fund-raising, and increasing public awareness. Learn more at Friends of Broomfield History.