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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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Fourth of July at the Museum

Once again the Museum will host its annual Fourth of July festivities.

Free admission all day long and the sluice will be open.

Root Beer Float Fundraisers starts after the parade ends. $5 for a Smuggler Union Root Beer Float. New this year will be artist Brandon Berkel with his project Tell I Write Telegrams. Brandon will type out a personal note on one of his crafted postcards to send to friends and family near and far.

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Walk Into History with THM

The Telluride Historical Museum is excited to announce the return of Historical Walking Tours with Ashley Boling. Departing every Thursday from the Museum at 1 p.m. visitors will enjoy hearing the stories and seeing the sites of Telluride’s most significant moments. These tours are $10 for Museum members and $15 for nonmembers and will happen rain or shine, so prepare for the weather.

The Museum has once again partnered with the Town of Telluride’s Historic Architectural Review Commission to offer FREE walking tours of Telluride’s built environment. This tour focuses on historic preservation highlighting homes and buildings which have been preserved. It explains what historic preservation is, why it is important, and how Telluride works to retain its charming character. The HARC Tours will depart from the Museum at 11 a.m. the first and last Friday of June, July, August, and September.

For specific dates please click on our calendar.

Feel free to contact the Museum with any questions or for more information: 970-728-3344

Telluride Historical Museum Awarded 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Telluride Historical Museum was honored with a 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service across the world.  The designation, given annually each May, is presented to approximately 10% of total businesses on TripAdvisor that have consistently achieved great reviews over the past year.

To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five with a specific minimum amount of reviews. To date, the Telluride Historical Museum has 151 reviews, with a four and a half out of five rating, and is ranked #3 of 30 things to do in Telluride.

Stop by to see for yourself what the buzz is about!


Opening for Summer!

The Telluride Historical Museum will be open for summer on June 3 and will resume regular summer hours:

  • Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays until 7 p.m. FREE all day for locals

Each week Historical Walking Tours with Ashley Boling will depart from the Museum Thursdays at 1 p.m. New this summer is an added free HARC (Historic and Architectural Review Commission) tour. Free HARC tours will take place the first and last Friday of each month during the summer. HARC tours focus on the built environment and architectural landscape of Telluride whereas the regular walking tours focus on stories and people of the community.

The 2019-2020 annual exhibit, If These Walls Could Talk: Preservation & Change, opens June 6. This immersive exhibition details the built environment of Telluride explaining its unique architectural assets that give town its character.

Admission Fees:

$7 General Admission
$5 Students (6-17)

$5 Seniors (65 and older)
Free for Museum members and children 5 and under
Free admission for active military personnel

Closed for off season

Closed for the Season

After another fantastic summer season, the Telluride Historical Museum has closed for the Fall Offseason.  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 offseason and the, 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!  And we hope to see you all at your Museum this winter!

Daffodil Days Delayed

Our springtime fundraiser, Daffodil Days, where we sell bundles of daffodils to benefit the Telluride Historical Museum and American Cancer Society, has been postponed.

Due to the extreme cold winter in Washington state (where we get our flowers) the daffodils we ordered are not yet ready to be cut. We’re confident we will receive them no later than March 25, and there is a very high possibility they might arrive sooner. Since it is all dependent on nature we do not have a specific date. Please stay tuned for details on our live sale. We will release info with the new dates as soon as we can.

We are still accepting pre-sale orders and we will notify purchases when the flowers are available for pick up and delivery. You can pre-order bundles by calling the museum at 970-728-3344 or online at:


Daffodil Days Return!

Daffodil Days is a fundraiser benefiting both the Telluride Historical Museum and American Cancer Society that takes place every March. The Museum sells bundles of daffodils for $15 each. There are 10 blooms per bundle.

Live sales take place March 11-16 at Alpine Bank, the community table on Mainstreet (Colorado Ave), and in Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village. You can also purchase a bundle up at the Museum.

Those interested can pre-order bundles starting on February 25 to guarantee their flowers. Orders of 5 bundles or more will receive free delivery. All other pre-orders will be available for pick up during the week of live sales.

THM Partners with Mountain Trip for ‘Excellent Adventure’

Telluride Historical Museum Partners with Mountain Trip for ‘Excellent Adventure’

Feb. 1, 2018 (TELLURIDE, Colo) – Telluride Historical Museum has paired with Mountain Trip, an outdoor guiding company, in what may seem like an unlikely partnership. The two have collaborated on an outing like no other. “Bill & Todd’s Excellent Ames Adventure” (named for Mountain Trip owners Bill Allen and Todd Rutledge) is a day trip to Ames on Saturday, February 9 that includes a tour of the historic Ames Power Plant followed by an intro to ice climbing class.

The adventure will start off with a special behind the scenes tour of the Ames Power Plant which was the first in the world to use long distance transmission of alternating current for commercial purposes successfully. Using technology perfected by Nikola Tesla, the Ames Power Plant harnesses hydro-power through an induction motor to produce and transmit electrical power. After the original burned down, the power plant was rebuilt in the early 1900s where it still stands and operates today. Local guiding company, Mountain Trip, which started started in 1973 will lead the group on some beginner ice climbs in the Ames area after the tour.

“Bill and Todd’s excellent Ames adventure” is a great opportunity to experience both the old and the new, and it is a testament to the Museum’s dedication to collaborating with different organizations around town. “This is the sort of fun and exciting partnership the Museum should be pursuing,” Museum Executive Director Kiernan Lannon said. “It allows us to think outside of out traditional box and do something different, while at the same time, it helps us show that history absolutely permeates this region.  We’re extremely grateful to Todd and Mountain Trip for the opportunity to collaborate.” The Telluride Historical Museum has worked with many other local organizations including True North, The Pinhead Institute (a fellow Smithsonian Affiliate), Telluride Arts, The Wilkinson Public library, as well as others and is always looking to collaborate to help bring Telluride’s history to life.

The idea for this excursion came from a friendship and partnership that started with Telluride Historical Museum’s 2018 annual exhibit, Children of Winter Never Grow Old: Snow Sports in the San Juans. Theresa Koenigsknecht, Director of Programs and Exhibits reached out to Todd Rutledge and the Mountain Trip team for their expert knowledge on the history of ice climbing while doing research for the exhibit. Not only did they lend their valuable expertise but also generously loaned gear to display in the museum’s exhibit, which is on display through April 7. Rutledge expressed interest in working with local nonprofits and giving back to the community, and from there the two brainstormed on how to combine resources into a fun, one-of-a-kind excursion. “We’re so excited to offer this adventure,” states Koenigsknecht. “By providing all the gear, guides, and transportation, Mountain Trip is supporting the museum and creating a unique and affordable experience for locals.”

Cost for the ‘excellent adventure’ is $150 for non-members and $80 for museum members. This includes all equipment and transportation to and from Ames. Participants will meet at the Telluride Historical Museum at 9 a.m. to be outfitted and carpool to Ames. Space is limited to just eight participants and you can register by calling the Museum at 970-728-3344, visiting its website, or emailing  For more information visit:

The Telluride Historical Museum is a 501(c)3 founded in 1965. Sitting on the top of Fir Street, the Museum works diligently to preserve the rich, colorful and diverse history of the region and strives to bring this history to life through permanent and annual exhibitions, engaging programming, and insightful events.