Barney Ford House Museum
Where to go
Where to park
There are a few designated museum parking spaces. Otherwise there is street and town lot parking; please visit the Breck park website for more information on current parking locations and fees.
The Barney Ford House Museum is available for private openings. Please complete the tour inquiry form. A staff member will be in touch to confirm your tour.
About the museum
Barney was born into slavery but his mother was adamant about education and risked much to teach him to read. This knowledge and his own perseverance equipped him to escape from slavery and forge an exciting and remarkable life. Barney took on the last name Ford and traveled far and wide as an entrepreneur. He and his wife, Julia, landed in Breckenridge where they had an elegant Victorian home built for their family. He was well-respected in the community although still faced racism and hardship. Near the end of his life, he became an advocate for civil rights and is now honored in the Colorado State Capitol building.
In 2018 Barney Ford was inducted into the Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame - check out this great video about this special honor.
What to expect
This house museum contains lots of information about Ford and the preservation of his lovely home. You may enjoy a self-guided experience through the museum with plenty to read and see. Or you may request a guided tour from the docent. And we always encourage questions! Plan to spend 30-90 minutes in this museum. Click here for more FAQs.
The museum is FREE to visit with a $5 suggested donation.
History lovers and those interested in architecture and/or civil rights.
What guests say
"We were looking for something to do for about 40 minutes prior to picking up our child from ski school. So glad we took 30 minutes to visit this museum/house. Barney Ford was an interesting man who would not give up on his dreams. A great example of a person who overcame obstacles and became successful. I truly inspiring story. Enjoyed touring the first floor of his home and seeing all of the period antiques. Definitely worth a visit."
Did you know?
Both Barney and Julia each had one white parent and one African-American parent although Julia was born into freedom. Check out their portraits in the museum and remember any "mixed-race" people were considered "black" and had to navigate the world as such.
dates, times, and prices subject to change without notice; all activities weather dependent