Molly Brown House Museum
Philanthropist Molly Brown was known as the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" after surviving the sinking of the Titanic. After years of deterioration, her home was scheduled for destruction in 1970. However, a group of concerned citizens formed an organization and led a successful campaign to preserve and restore the home. Today, the home operates as a museum dedicated to preserving Margaret Brown's story and the history of Denver at the turn-of-the-century. Docents guide visitors through a tour that lasts about 45 minutes.
Backstory and Context
The Museum’s educational programming has become increasingly popular as Historic Denver is one of the only organizations with the capacity to travel to classrooms across the metro area. We have also become a go-to resource for teachers because of our ability to structure programs to fit classroom content and because we provide direct access to our full-time educator, who both schedules activities and facilitates them with the support of volunteers. With school budgets cuts, our programs, and the quality of our educational support, need to remain a valuable option for teachers. The Molly Brown House Museum has made a significant commitment to keeping our programs accessible. Currently, 50% of the schools served by these programs include students that receive free and reduced lunches, and nearly 20% of the schools have more than 25% of the student body receiving free and reduced lunch.
Since opening the Museum, Historic Denver has worked to save countless other Denver landmarks and increase public awareness of Denver’s unique historic structures. Historic Denver has a more broadly based mission and over the years has worked to provide direct preservation services to historic properties, offer technical assistance, advocate for threatened resources and serve as a voice for the preservation community.
Perry Eberhart & Susan A. Nieminen. "Molly Brown House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 1, 1972. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/eab55b4c-bb3d-49be-b122-ce01a7274e5e.