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Forney Museum of Transportation, Denver

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The Forney Museum of Transportation is a one-of-a-kind collection of over 500 artifacts relating to the history of transportation. It began with antique cars, but soon expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Some of these are familiar, while others spark the imagination. When you visit you will be treated to a paradise of automobiles, trains, bicycles, wagons, motorcycles, carriages and so much more!

Home to one of eight surviving Union Pacific "Big Boy" steam locomotives, Amelia Earhart's first car, the one-of-one Martin Air Car and the Timme Vintage Motorcycle Collection.

The Forney Museum of Transportation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which exists to collect, preserve, and exhibit items of artistic, historical and technological interest relating to transportation for the purposes of education and personal enrichment.
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  • My husband and I went there for a Colorado Collectibles Event, but definitely want to go back to see everything in the museum! It's very spacious and there's lots of things to see. I'd love to take my...  more »
  • While it was a bit of a challenge to find this place on bikes with all the construction, we were really impressed once we got there! The collection is bigger than we expected, and even though we're no...  more »
  • Found this place through TripAdvisor and since it was raining during our Denver visit, we checked it out. Glad that we did. Lots to see and read about. Fine collection!  more »
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  • This place has a really good, varied collection of types of transportation. The are people powered machines, horse drawn machines, motorcycles, and automobiles from various eras as well as manufacturers you may never have heard of. The train collection reminds of when rail travel was the luxurious, fast way to travel and the Big Boy locomotive is impressively large. It is well worth a visit!
  • Awesome collection of vintage cars, locomotives​, bicycles, motorcycles, vintage clothing, and more. We are from Texas, and of all of the things we did in Denver this week - this was the most impressive. The place is ginormous, so plan a good three or four hours. Many of the vehicles are the last ones known in existence. Bonus: look out for the random wax figures of famous historical people.
  • Absolutely awesome. My wife took me here for fathers day today, and it was so cool. Great price for an awesome experience. The only thing that wouldve made it better was having my grandpa there to tell me all about the old cars. So cool
  • Awesome gem of a museum! Highly recommend! I took like 450 photos of all the classic cars locomotive s and motorcycles! Felt like a kid in a toy store. The building itself looks like a old train maintenance she'd of some kind converted into the museum. I went to the Denver science museum the next and while I learned more there I had a lot more fun here at the Forney!
  • Quiet. Wouldn't say this museum is exactly kid friendly as you can't touch ANYTHING. The staff was friendly. Fair warning: If you bring a purse or backpack, they will ask you to lock it up, for free, in the lobby area.

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