The Molly Brown House Museum, known as the House of Lions, is the home of American philanthropist, activist, and socialite Margaret Brown. Margaret Brown survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The museum is located in her home. The museum presents exhibits interpreting her life and that of Victorian Denver. It also presents architectural preservation.
It was built in 1880 and incorporated several popular styles of the period. It also included Queen Anne Style architectural. The original owners were Isaac and Mary Large but they suffered financially from the crash that was the result of the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1893. They were forced to sell the house. Margaret’s husband James Joseph Brown bought it in 1894 for $30,000. When his health began to deteriorate, the title was transferred to her.
Since she and her family traveled a lot, they rented the house out. In 1902, the Governor of Colorado and his family used it while the governor’s mansion was remodeled. During the Depression, she was forced to turn it into a boarding house. Margaret died in 1932 at the beginning of the Depression and the house was sold for $6,000. The new owners drastically remodeled the home to house twelve boarders.
By 1970, the house was so deteriorated that it was going to be demolished. A group of citizens formed the Historic Denver, Inc and raised the funds to restore the house to its original glory. To make sure that it was restored to look like the original house, the group used architectural research, original photos taken in 1910, and paint chip analysis.
The Molly Brown House offers field trips to students and teachers year around. They offer Traveling Educational Programs with twelve traveling programs on a variety of subjects. Their traveling programs are tied to the State and National Model Content Standards. They travel with authentic artifacts from Molly Brown’s time period. You can get these programs with a museum presenter or a two-week checkout. They also offer teachers lesson plans.
They even have traveling programs for adults that you can have at your next meeting, program, or luncheon. If you take the program at the museum, you will learn about the lives and legends of women who helped shape the America. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday with tours starting every thirty minutes. Each tour takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete.