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Great Outdoors of Aurora

A vector image of blue and white mountains and yellow-brown plains with exhibit logo in red over it. "The Great Outdoors of Colorado; May 2, 2023- April 22, 2024

Have you ever wondered when and why the Aurora Reservoir was built? Are you curious about the history behind your favorite city park? The Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites will open a new exhibit on May 2, 2023, “The Great Outdoors of Aurora.” The new display will celebrate Aurora’s vibrant outdoor opportunities and dive deep into the history behind the activities we love. Discover the stories behind our reservoirs, city parks, nature centers, the High Line Canal, swimming pools, golf courses and more all within the city of Aurora.

“Coloradans are some of the most active people in the country, and Aurora offers some great opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy our city,” said T. Scott Williams, Museum Director. “Whether its our trail system or Cherry Creek State Park, there is a history behind these places and we look forward to sharing that with our visitors. Our hope is to encourage our guests to get outside and enjoy what our city has to offer.”

Accompanying the history of Aurora’s outdoor spaces, the exhibit will profile local businesses and organizations supporting recreation. From golf shops, bait and tackle, bike shops and outfitters – many local entrepreneurs cater to the outdoors community. The services they provide support Aurorans wanting to explore their city, and the history of these businesses is part of the history of Aurora.   

“The Great Outdoors of Aurora” will open May 2, 2023, and be on display until April 21, 2024. The exhibit will feature historic recreational equipment, hands on activities, archival photography, oral histories, and immersive elements that will engage and excite visitors of all ages. If you enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring nature, you won't want to miss it. 

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