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Announcing the ’70s Shindig!

Join us Saturday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. for the return of the ‘70s Shindig. Sip on creative libations served by local legends, and revel in Telluride’s ‘70s history. Enjoy the one-night-only popup exhibit showcasing artifacts specially curated for the event while you sample a variety of beverages. Learn more HERE

Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door and include two free drinks. Purchase here:

You don’t want to miss this festive event!

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Olde Fashioned Christmas at Schmid Ranch

Join the Telluride Historical Museum to celebrate the spirit of the season at Schmid Family Ranch. A favorite Telluride tradition.

Ornament & wreath making, sitting with Santa, sleigh rides, and Christmas music! Cowboy coffee, hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire. You can even cut your own Christmas tree!

Admission to the event is free. Donations are requested for crafts and food. Sleigh rides $5. $40 to cut your own tree.

Closed for off season

Closed for the Fall Off Season

After another fantastic summer season, the Telluride Historical Museum has closed for the fall off season.  During this time we’ll be getting ready for our big Halloween on the Hill event, which includes our Haunted Hospital, and completing routine maintenance and cleaning in preparation for our winter season.

Staff will generally be in the Museum during the off season and, from time to time, we may be able to open parts of the Museum for tours during the time we are closed (depending on the various maintenance tasks and programming that might be taking place).  Please contact the Museum to inquire about tour availability or to schedule an appointment with Museum staff.  We can be reached at (970) 728-3344 or at

Thank you to everyone who stopped in during the summer!   We hope to see you all at your Museum this winter!

Cemetery Tours Return!

Beginning this Friday, September 13, tours of Lone Tree Cemetery will be taking place weekly. Learn Telluride’s past via the stories of its most notable residents.

Meet at the Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. each Friday.

Members: $10 Nonmember $15

Remembrance Day, A Celebration of History and Life

The Telluride Historical Museum is excited to partner with the Lone Tree Cemetery for an evening of storytelling honoring former Telluride residents interred within the historic landmark.

Guests, visitors, and cemetery supporters will interact with historical characters and learn the fascinating tales of the earliest residents who lived, worked, and died here as well as celebrate and honor recent community members we have lost including: Elaine Fischer, John Micetic, John McCarron and others.

All proceeds benefit the Lone Tree Cemetery Preservation Fund and donations are greatly appreciated. The cemetery board requests all guests to donate $20 for entry, and will graciously accept gifts from those who cannot attend.

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The Telluride Historical Museum Presents “An Evening with Ken Burns”

For the sixth year, the Telluride Historical Museum will present An Evening with Ken Burns. This year’s screening will be Episode 5: The Rising Road from the PBS television documentary miniseries, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Hosted at the Michael D. Palm theatre, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Ken Burns will give an introduction at 6:00 p.m. followed by a brief Q&A after the film and ending with a book and DVD signing with copies available for purchase.

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August News from the Front Porch out now!

Telluride Historical Museum’s August Newsletter, News from the Front Porch Vol. I, Issue 8 is now available. Click the link to read about what’s happening at the Museum, learn about upcoming events, see our Artifact of the Month, and check out our new wooden postcards.  >>> READ ME

Hike Into History, Arborglyphs

Hike into History this Saturday with the Telluride Historical Museum and John Sir Jesse to learn about Arborglyphs. Arborglyphs are the carved markings seen on trees across the Telluride region.

This tour will take approximately 5 hours and is a moderate hike combined with driving portions. The tour will be carpooling from the Museum to Last Dollar road and other locations.

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