Barney Ford House Museum

Schedule

November - December 15:  Friday-Sunday; 10am-3pm

December 16 - April 12:  Tuesday-Sunday; 10am-3pm

open year round with seasonal schedules

Where to go

111 East Washington Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424

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. 

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.

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.

Best for

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

What is the BHA?

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves unique historic resources in the Breckenridge area and connects residents and visitors to our past through inspiring interpretation of heritage sites and stories. 

970-453-9767

info@BreckHeritage.com

Mailing Address:  PO Box 2460

Welcome Center:  203 South Main Street

Administrative Office:  309 North Main Street

Breckenridge, CO 80424

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