The museum itself was started as a non profit organization in 2008 in Custer County Colorado but it really all began back in 1962 during the dawn of the space age, when Steve Janssen, curator, started collecting space memorabilia. Starting out with a huge personal collection, we were offered display space at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in 2011 where the majority of the collection is on loan for public display. We now receive artifacts from NASA and private donors on a regular basis. New artifacts and displays are constantly being added every few months.
100% of our funding is through donations with the major portion of that coming from the annual Spirit Campaign held in Custer County. Through this fund raising campaign, donations are matched in part and then used to enhance the museums collection of artifacts for public display.
Throughout the year, the museum works with the community by holding events where the public can build and launch their own rockets. We have also help our local school acquire a Space Shuttle tile for display in their library and have set up artifacts on display at the local library as well.
Local organizations that would like to work with us are urged to contact the Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a note to:
Southern Colorado Space Museum
P.O. Box 204
Westcliffe, Co. 81252