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Open for the Summer!

After an incredibly busy off-season behind the scenes, the Museum is open for the summer! We’re very excited to welcome guests back, and even more excited that things are starting to get back to something that resembles normal. This year, we will be open Monday through Saturday, 11AM to 5PM, with extended hours (until 7PM) on Thursdays. Reservations will only be required for groups of 6 or more people, but anyone is welcome to book a reserved entry slot. If the Museum gets too crowded and we need to meter out admissions, those with reservations will be given priority entry. We will also still be requiring masks unless you are fully vaccinated. For more information on all of our updated visitation policies, please see the Visit page.

We hope you will come visit the Museum this summer, and if you do, you will also be able to check out our brand-new annual exhibit, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

And speaking of things you won’t want to miss… We’re currently hard at work filling out our summer programming slate, and we’re happy to announce that we have a number of offerings confirmed. Similar to last summer, we will be offering historical walking tours with world-class raconteur, Ashley Boling, on both Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1PM. Additionally, to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Telluride’s designation as a National Historic Landmark District, we are once again hosting free monthly HARC walking tours on the 2nd Friday of each month. In addition, we will also be offering monthly tours of Lone Tree Cemetery on June 18, July 16, and August 13. And finally, we can also confirm that we will be offering three Hike into History Programs this summer starting with a guided trek along the Bear Creek Trail in July.

As we begin to settle into our summer season, we again wanted to thank our amazing members and friends for their incredible support as we navigated the challenges brought on by the pandemic. There simply isn’t any way we could have gotten to this point without you, and we hope you’ll come and enjoy what the Museum has to offer over the next few months. We can’t wait to see you.

Our Summer Season is Just Around the Corner

Summer is rapidly approaching, and we are busy getting the Museum ready to welcome visitors again!  We are planning to open for the summer season on Thursday, June 3rd at 11AM.  From there, we are planning on having a “typical” summer in terms of our hours of operation.  We’ll be open Monday-Saturday, 11AM-5PM (Thursdays until 7PM). 

We are excited to announce that when we reopen for the season, we will also be unveiling a brand new annual exhibit exploring the history of infectious disease, pandemic, and the efforts to combat illness.

The new exhibit is just the beginning.  We’re also planning for a summer full of programs and events.  Our summer programming gets started with our traditional Historical Walking Tours with Ashley Boling.  These will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 1PM.  

Going forward be on the look out for details on our other summer favorites including our Hikes into History, Family Night at the Museum, Cemetery Tours, Feasting on History and more!

We hope to see you at your Museum this summer!

Museum Closing Soon For Spring Off Season

After a wonderful winter season, the Museum will be closing for spring off season at day’s end on Saturday, April 3rd.  So, this is your last chance to see our current annual exhibit, If These Walls Could Talk: Preservation and Change.  As a reminder, our hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11AM to 5PM, and we encourage you to book a reserved time slot to visit us.  (Which you can do here.)

We are planning to reopen for the summer season on Thursday, June 3rd.  In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and social media feeds for all Museum-related updates!

Enjoy the spring!

Daffodil Days are Around the Corner!

Pre-order your daffodils online at or by calling the Museum at (970) 728-3344.  All proceeds benefit the Telluride Historical Museum and the American Cancer Society.  Take advantage of the special pre-sale discount – $12 bundle of 10 daffodils!

Live sales and pre-order pick-up take place March 15th-19th at the Museum and the table at the corner of Colorado Avenue and Pine Street.

Museum Opening for Winter Season on December 16th

The Telluride Historical Museum is excited to announce that it is opening for the Winter Season on Wednesday, December 16th at 11:00AM. 

As was the case in the summer, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, visitation this winter will be via reserved, timed entry slot.  Appointments will be available Wednesdays through Saturdays beginning at 11:00AM.  The last appointment on open days will be at 4:15PM. 

The Museum will also be closing early on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and New Years Eve (December 31st).  On those days, the final appointment will be at 2:00 PM.  In addition, we will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25th) and New Years Day (January 1st). 

Please use the web form on our “Visit” page or call (970) 728-3344 to book your reserved entry slot.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you at the Museum this winter! 

Museum To Remain Closed

Due to the local increase in COVID-19 cases and the County’s raising of the COVID threat level to the red stage, the Museum will be delaying its reopening plans until further notice.  Likewise, we are also temporarily suspending private visitation opportunities as well while we assess how we can reopen in the safest manner possible.

There is a chance, however, that we may be able to offer private visitation of the Museum in the near future.  If you have interest in visiting the Museum, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate you as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your patience and understanding.  The health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community are of the utmost importance to the Museum.

Closed for the Season

Our last day of operations for the summer season is Saturday October, 17. Our tentative re-opening date is December 2. If you would like to visit the Museum before then, or reserve a private historic walking tour, please send an email at least 48 hours in advance to [email protected].

Private walking tours are $150 for up to 10 people.

If you need to reach staff, feel free to call the Museum at 970-728-3344.

We look forward to seeing you this winter!

Lamplight Cemetery Tours

Explore the historic Lone Tree Cemetery by the erriness of lamplight. Led by Director of Programs and Exhibits, Theresa Koenigsknecht, this tour takes place in the evening and recounts Telluride’s history through the stories of the rugged people that lived, worked, and were buried here.

Space is limited. Call the Museum to reserve: 970-728-3344

Main Street Print Debut with Artist Lindsey Ross

The Telluride Historical Museum has collaborated with renowned fine art photographer Lindsey Ross to produce a rare series of limited edition prints created with a negative from the Museum’s collection.

For this collaboration the Museum chose an image originally taken at the intersection of Pine and Colorado in 1884. Most of the buildings you can see in the photo no longer exist and the photograph provides a rare glimpse into what Telluride looked like in its earliest years.

The Museum will be debuting the special series of prints Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. on the Main Street non-profit busking stage, which also happens to be very near to where the original photograph was taken. The evening will also feature a display of vintage portraits from the Museum’s collection as well as the opportunity to meet Ross, learn about the process she used to create the prints, and, if interested, book an appointment with Ross to have your portrait taken using historical techniques during the course of the weekend.