We encourage you to visit the Museum to experience first-hand the home of Denver’s own Unsinkable Margaret Brown and mining magnate James Joseph Brown.

Permanent Exhibit

The House Museum

Our guided tour features a walk-through of the house, including three floors and 16 rooms. You’ll walk into the elaborate golden entryway designed to impress the Browns’ guests, view the library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, experience the Browns’ private sitting area and bedrooms, and glimpse the living and working quarters of their servants. The museum’s collections include furniture, clothing, accessories, artwork, and more from the life and times of Mrs. Brown. For more information on the museum’s collections, please visit our Collections Page.

Photo Credit: Tom McClure Photography

Permanent Exhibit

James Joseph Brown & the Peoples’ Quest for Gold

Visit our new Natural Resources Center to learn more about the man of the house, James Joseph Brown. Explore the mining endeavors that made the Browns millionaires and changed the course of history in Leadville. Discover how the quest for mineral wealth impacted the people of Colorado and transformed Denver into a growing cultural metropolis as a gateway to the gold fields.

Photo credit to Denver Public Library 

Miners with drill circa 1890
Miners drilling circa 1890

Temporary Exhibit

Pop-Up Mining Exhibit

May 1st – December 1st
This mining exhibit was curated by the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs! You’ll see unique personal items and tools used by miners, assayer’s business documents, ore specimens and more. You’ll get a sense of what work was like in the Colorado mines and how mined ore was valued in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at Colorado’s mining history in our upcoming permanent mining exhibit, James Joseph Brown & the Peoples’ Quest for Gold!

Photo Credit: Denver Public Library