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Museum Re-opening for Winter Season

The Telluride Historical Museum will re-open on Tuesday, Dec. 4 for the winter. Winter hours of Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. will continue throughout the season until April 7th.

Visitors to the THM this winter will experience the usual display in the permanent collections with a few rotations of artifacts such as historic clothes and other items in the first floor exhibits. The current annual exhibit on display, “Children of Winter Never Grow Old: Snow Sports in the San Juans” chronicles the regions love of outdoor adventure with artifacts ranging from historic ski boots and snowboards to hockey gear, broom ball, and curling equipment. There are even a few interactive displays and an original chair form the Telluride Ski Resort. If you haven’t seen the exhibit yet make sure to stop by and check it out before it closes April 7th. Most of the artifacts were supplied by Telluride locals showing Telluride Historical Museum’s authenticity and dedication to preserving local history and culture.

The Telluride Historical Museum closes during shoulder seasons for exhibition maintenance. During this time they do a thorough cleaning of the museum’s exhibits, collections and perform artifact conservation. Delicate pieces such as clothes and other textiles cannot be displayed for too long and must be rotated. This twice yearly maintenance helps preserve sensitive artifacts for years to come and also gives museum visitors an opportunity to see different items. Although it is a history museum things are always new and changing.


photo credit: Jason Savage

An Evening with Ken Burns Returns!

August 22, 2018

Ken Burns Returns to Telluride

Film Screening Followed by Q & A

The respected filmmaker returns to Telluride for the fifth edition of An Evening with Ken Burns presented by the Telluride Historical Museum at the Michael D. Palm Theatre on Sunday, August 24th at 5:30 p.m. There will be a screening of Episode 6, Things Fall Apart, from his ground-breaking documentary, The Vietnam War, followed by an audience Q & A and a book and DVD signing presented in conjunction with Between the Covers book store.

“We are honored to once again have America’s foremost documentary filmmaker lending his support to the Museum,” Telluride Historical Museum executive director Kiernan Lannon said.  “We are particularly thrilled to be showing such an important film.  Beyond the incredible technical achievements of the series, the documentary details one of the most crucial and transformational periods in American history.  And, given the almost eerie parallels to what is going on with our present political situation, it is the perfect film to screen right now.”

The Vietnam War tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never been told on film. The series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides. Episode 6: Things Fall Apart chronicles the eve of the Tet holiday, when North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launched surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout the south, suffering devastating losses but casting grave doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”

Ken burns has been making documentary films for almost forty years and is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of all time. He has been honored with dozens of major awards, including fifteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour series co-directed by long-time partner Lynn Novick, debuted on PBS on September 17th, 2017.

Ken burns is an advocate of history and a longtime supporter of the Telluride Historical Museum. Proceeds from the evening will support operating costs for the Museum which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to preserve the rich colorful history of the box canyon. Tickets are $20 for Museum members, $25 for non-members, and $5 for students, and can be purchased online at, or by calling the Museum.

The mission of the Telluride Historical Museum is to preserve the rich, colorful and diverse history of the region and bring it to life through permanent and annual exhibitions, insightful programming, and engaging events. Go to for more information or stop by for a visit. Located at the top of Fir Street in the Historic Town of Telluride

PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Savage

Feasting On History Invite 2018

Feasting on History

July 24th, 2018

The Telluride Historical Museum is excited to announce its 15th annual Feasting on History fundraising dinner.  This year’s event, which will take place on Friday, August 17th, will be a progressive dinner hosted by Becky & Bill Deupree, Shari & Pete Mitchell, and Ingrid & Brian Poulin in the Adams Ranch area of Mountain Village.

In order to highlight the Museum’s newest annual exhibit, Children of Winter Never Grow Old: Snow Sports in the San Juans, the theme of this year’s Feasting will be snow sports. The evening will feature a guest speaker to give a short presentation on Telluride’s history as a winter playground, along with cocktails, a sumptuous dinner, delicious dessert, and a wide array of fantastic friends and supporters of the Telluride Historical Museum!

The night will kick off with a cocktail hour at the Deupree residence (102 Singletree Ridge, Mountain Village) at 6PM before proceeding to the Mitchell home (112 Singletree Ridge) for a seated dinner, and concluding at the Poulin house (110 Singletree Ridge) for dessert and dessert drinks.  The Museum would like to thank its incredibly generous hosts for opening their beautiful homes for the event!

Tickets for Feasting are $250 with all proceeds supporting the Telluride Historical Museum’s mission of preserving and presenting the rich history and heritage of Telluride and the surrounding region, and can be purchased by clicking the link below or calling the Museum at (970) 728-3344.   Seating is limited; get your tickets today!

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Family Night – We Need Your Help!

The Telluride Historical Museum is looking for volunteers for its Free Family Night at the Museum: Snow Sports in July.


The event, which is being held on Monday, July 30th, is being presented in partnership with the Wilkinson Public Library and revolves around the Museum’s new annual exhibit: Children of Winter Never Grow Old: Snow Sports in the San Juans.


Family Night kicks off on Monday, July 30th at 5:30PM and will feature pizza, food, and free admission to the Museum. Families will experience the rush of winter through hands-on stations focusing on snow sports and snow science. Guests can take away crafts and enter a free raffle for a chance to win exciting winter sports-themed prizes.
The Museum needs multiple volunteers to help with with the following positions: 
  • Food management  (5:15-7:15, approx. 2 hour shift) 
  • Stamping/assisting at the activity stations (5:15-7:15 approx. 2 hour shift) 
  • Photography (5:30-7:15 approx. 2 hour shift) 
  • Tear down (7:30- 8pm)
Please contact Theresa Koenigsknecht, Director of Programs and Exhibits, with questions or to volunteer.


Phone: 970-728-3344 x2
On the Water Wagon May 10, 1913

Town Council Approves Horse Drawn Wagons

On May 29 Telluride Town Council unanimously voted to amend Telluride Municipal Code Chapter 7, adding a division applicable to horse-drawn carriage rides, thus establishing a regulatory framework for permitting possible tours.

The Telluride Historical Museum is delighted by the council’s decision, and are thankful for the support they’ve received through the process. The museum’s partner, Telluride Wranglers, have submitted an application for a permit and together will be offering historical tours via horse drawn conveyance once approved

Stay tuned!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Historical Wagons Tours please contact the museum directly.

The Social CCT

The Social- We Need Your Help!

The Social will celebrate the colorful history of Telluride in the ’90s while promoting local distilleries and distributors. The event will be a great opportunity for both locals and tourists to come out and support the Telluride Historical Museum while tasting libations inspired by the 1990s cocktail renaissance and enjoying stories of Telluride’s colorful and not so distant past.

Alongside the cocktail tasting will be a popup exhibit exploring Telluride’s 1990s history, culture and development. Some of the best Telluride traditions were born in this decade such as Blues and Brews,Telluride AIDS Benefit, Ah Haa School for the Arts, the gondola…the list goes on!

We would love your help in creating our pop-up exhibit! Please share  your photos from the ’90s with us and/or let us know if you have any ‘artifacts’ you’re interested in loaning to help bring the exhibit to life. Contact Theresa at if you’d like to contribute to the pop up.

Don’t have any photos or artifacts to lend to the cause?  You can still help us by volunteering for the event!  We need help with set-up, tear-down, and event staffing.  All volunteers receive free admission and drink tickets to the event as well as our eternal gratitude.  Sound interesting?  Please email Pepper at if you would like to help out.