Barney Ford Museum

Schedule & Cost

September - April
Tuesday - Sunday
Free, $5 suggested donation

Parking Info

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.

Born into slavery, Barney Ford escaped at age 26 and went on to forge an exciting and remarkable life. He was a keen entrepreneur and traveled far and wide to seek out business opportunities. Faced with adversity on numerous occasions, Ford fought through racism, fires and financial hardship to become one of Colorado’s leading businessmen and civil rights pioneers. At age 60, Ford commissioned his stately Breckenridge home in the heart of town. The restored museum honors Ford’s life and legacy.

This house museum contains a wealth of information about Ford and the restoration of his home. You may enjoy a self-guided museum experience with plenty to read and see, or you can request a guided tour from the interpreter. Plan to spend 30-40 minutes in this museum. Click here for more FAQs.

History lovers and those interested in architecture and/or civil rights.

“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. A truly inspiring story. Enjoyed touring the first floor of his home and seeing all of the period antiques. Definitely worth a visit.”

Both Barney and Julia each had one white parent and one African-American parent although Julia was born into freedom.

In 2018 Barney Ford was inducted into the Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame – check out the video about this special honor.
In 2021 Rocky Mountain PBS premiered Colorado Experience: Mr. Barney Ford, an hour-long documentary about Ford’s life and legacy. Learn more about the artist and process used in the documentary.

Dates, times, and prices subject to change without notice. All activities weather dependent.