Not Just Your Granddad’s Diorama

On View Now

The Denver diorama, a 1930s-era public works project showing central Denver in 1860, dazzled visitors at the Colorado History Museum for almost seventy-five years. In the 1930s, the diorama broke new ground: funded by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and its successor, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), it provided badly needed employment to out-of-work historians, artists, architects, and craftspeople, and it helped kick off a period of creative activity that marked the first Golden Age of the Colorado Historical Society—today’s History Colorado.

Exhibit developers have restored the diorama in a new state-of-the-art exhibit case in the lobby of the History Colorado Center. The setting makes a longtime favorite accessible to new generations.

Presented by Wells Fargo in the Dick and Eddie Robinson Family Gathering Space