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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.

Hike Into History: Ilium on Sept. 12

Join our Hike Into History: Ilium and learn about some of the most influential moments that affected the region. From Telluride’s AC power story to the Trout Lake Flood, the Rio Grande Southern Railroad and Vance Junction, there will be plenty to learn. Led by Executive Director Kiernan Lannon, this easy to moderate hike will be great for all levels. Limited space available call the Museum to reserve.

Historical Walking Tours of Telluride Offered Twice Weekly

Historical Walking Tours with Ashley Boling are back, and we’ve added a second day of the week! Hear the tales and see the sights on this lively tour about town. Join longtime local, performer, and community historian Ashley Boling as he recounts the people, events, and buildings that make Telluride unique.

Ashley has been giving engaging historical walking tours of Telluride for more than 20 years and his innate enthusiasm for history and natural gift for storytelling will have you entertained for the complete hour and fifteen minute tour of town. Learn about some of Telluride’s most notable citizens and famous stories and see where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank!

Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – Meet at Museum

Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – Meet at Museum

*Tours must be booked in advance. Participants must wear a mask at all times and practice safe social distancing. The Museum will provide sanitized listening devices free of charge. Call 970-728-3344 to reserve.

New This Summer: Pandemic Cemetery Tour!

Join the Telluride Historical Museum’s newly revamped tour of Lone Tree Cemetery to learn real life stories of how pandemics and the like affected those in Telluride and across our country. Find out what life was like in quarantine before technology and how people in the past approached the constant threat of illness and disease.

This tour has new research and content and is different from our previous Lone Tree Cemetery Tours.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tour group is limited to 9 total people, and tours take place every Monday beginning at 11AM.  Please meet at the Columbia Avenue entrance of Lone Tree Cemetery. Masks are required to be worn at all times, and all participants must adhere to social distancing rules. Listening devices will be available.

Call the Museum to book 970-728-3344

Museum Re-opening July 1 by Appointment Only

We are excited to welcome visitors back to the Museum July 1 by appointment only. We will be taking appointments Wednesday – Saturday.

The Museum is committed to keeping everyone safe and will institute precautionary measures such as regular disinfecting of common surfaces as well as adhering to social distancing guidelines. Our interactive exhibits have also been pulled to cull transmission.

Groups or individuals visiting the Museum must pay in advance and follow all safety precautions. Everyone who enters will be required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands. If you or your party does not have a mask we will provide one for you. Groups must be smaller than 10 people and part of one family unit. We will do our best to allow ample time for everyone to absorb out exhibits and well curated history.

We want everyone to know we understand this will be a new experience, and we thank you for your patience as we navigate our re-opening under the current circumstances. It is imperative to us that we keep everyone safe including visitors and our staff. This is obviously new for us (and you!) and we appreciate your patience understanding as we work out the details.