Molly Brown House Museum

History itself is amazing. When we think of all the things we can learn from the past, it can shine a big bright light into our future. So many events in the past are great learning lessons, and this one is no exception. 

If you find yourself wanting to do something different with friends and family, the Molly Brown House Museum is extremely informative, educational, and inspiring. 

The Molly Brown house is located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in Denver and was the previous home of a well-known philanthropist, activist, and socialite. She dubbed the name “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” because according to records, she survived the sinking of the Titanic. 

What happened at the Molly Brown house?

Molly was a huge philanthropist, especially voicing her concerns about inequalities and struggles that the poor had to endure. She often voiced her opinions about those who worked in mining towns, so she became known as a fighter for those who didn’t have the leverage she did.

The home now-a-days doesn’t get as much buzz from the work and efforts from the past, instead, it gets its buzz because its believed to be haunted and house eerie spirits.  It’s said that those who stay at the house can smell smoke, likely from a pipe like JJ used to smoke. There are also accounts of light bulbs being taken out of the sockets, images of ghosts wandering the hallways, and furniture being rearranged in the house.

When was the house built?

The house was originally built in 1880 by an architect who incorporated several popular styles of architecture into the house. In the early 1890s the original owners of the home faced some financial hardships and needed to sell the home. Eventually J.J. Brown, Margaret’s husband, purchased the house but just a few years later he faced health issues and transferred title of the home to Margaret.

Why did Molly Brown go on the Titanic?

Molly found out that her grandson had become seriously ill, so while traveling around in Europe she decided to come back to the states by way of the Titanic. By now you know that she was able to survive the sinking of the Titanic and received the name “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”.

Why is the Molly Brown house important?

It’s important because it represents where Denver stood as a society at the turn of the 20th century. Many had little, but a few made fortunes in the mining and railroad markets. The late 1800s were about exploring new frontiers. It was for the bold, and those who were able to endure the most came out well ahead. The Molly Brown house had all of the latest technology for the time, including electricity, running water, heat, and even a telephone.

How many sinkings did she survive?

Thankfully, she was only involved in one maritime accident. Is that not enough?

How to get to the museum:

From Cherry Creek
Approximately 8 minutes (3.0 miles)

  1. Head north on Cook St toward E 3rd Ave and continue straight for 0.6 miles
  2. Turn left onto E 8th Ave and keep straight for 1.6 miles
  3. Make a right hand turn onto N Clarkston Street for 0.5 miles
  4. Turn left onto E 13th Ave for 0.2 miles
  5. Make a right hand turn onto Pennsylvania Street and continue straight until you reach the destination

From the University of Denver
Approximately 13 minutes (5.6 miles)

  1. Head east on E Evans Ave for 0.3 miles
  2. Make a left turn onto S University Blvd and continue straight for 0.4 miles
  3. Merge onto I-25 N and go straight for 0.8 miles
  4. Exit 207A toward Broadway S for 1.2 miles
  5. Broadway turns into S Lincoln St so continue for 2.5 miles
  6. Make a right turn onto E 14th Ave for 0.3 miles
  7. Make a right hand turn onto Pennsylvania St and arrive at the destination in 315 ft (destination will be on your left)

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