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Spread the Cheer

In light of recent announcements from local health officials to ‘shelter in place’ we suspended Daffodil Days sales. We are so very thankful to those who purchased and hope they bring some cheer to your home. Please share photos of your flowers with us!

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Nov. 21 2019

Museum Closing Early for Winter Season

In consideration of the health and safety of visitors, employees and the local community, the Telluride Historical Museum will be closing early for the winter season. Last day open will be Saturday, March 14. The Museum will undergo a thorough cleaning and is planning to reopen for summer on June 1.

“As a small nonprofit and important cultural institution for the community, it is an extremely difficult decision to close our doors early.” says Executive Director Kiernan Lannon, “We understand this pandemic is serious and affects everyone. Our highest priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and visitors. We’ll do what we can to minimize the impact for our staff and think creatively on how we can continue to engage the community during the closure. We are very fortunate that we have such incredible support from our community and we will do what we must to get by during this challenging time. We look forward to doing our part to support our community at large.”

In an effort to promote social distancing, the spring fundraiser Daffodil Days will be taking place in a limited manner and will not include live sales at Alpine Bank or the Community Table on Colorado Avenue. Bundles of daffodils are available for purchase online and over the phone and will be available for pick up at the Museum starting Monday, March 16. Those who order bundles of five or more can have the flowers delivered free of charge.

The Telluride Historical Museum has already postponed their other fundraiser, The ‘70s Shindig. A future date has not yet been set. With the loss of revenue due to lack of admissions and a cancelled event, the Museum is hoping the community will take advantage of Daffodil Days to offer their support.

For questions or more information please call the Museum at (970) 728-3344 or email

Official Statement:

The ’70s Shindig has been POSTPONED. Currently, Museum Open and Daffodil Days Still Happening.

With the health and wellbeing of the community in mind, we have decided to postpone The ‘70s Shindig. While this decision does not come lightly we believe it is the right and responsible action to take in light of the recent coronavirus outbreak. The health and safety of our community and supporters is of utmost importance to the Museum, and we do not want to do anything that would put people at risk. All ticket purchases will be refunded. We thank you for your enthusiasm around the event, and please stay tuned for a future date.

We are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely at the Museum and will continue to follow advice from the San Miguel County Department of Health and Environment, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Governor’s office. For now, the Museum is currently open with regular hours (Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and will still hold Daffodil Days next week as planned (a great way to support us!).

We have taken extra precautions to keep visitors safe. Common surfaces are being disinfected

multiple times throughout the day, hand sanitizer has been put out for guest

use, and interactive exhibit elements have been removed or shut down. Museum

staff continues to be vigilant about everyday preventative health measures and

encourages guests to follow everyday preventive actions as advised by health

officials including hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs and not visiting the museum when sick or experiencing symptoms of any kind.

The Shindig is an important fundraiser for the Museum and we will be hurting with its postponement. We will also experience a loss in revenue due to decline in visitation because of the outbreak and will be needing extra support now more than ever. If you would like to help the Museum, please donate at or reach out to our executive director at Thank you for your understanding. We will continue to keep you updated and appreciate your support.

For official statement please visit:

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!

2019 Old Fashioned Christmas 2019 LOWER RES POSTER

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.

Click here for more information