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Museum Closed for the Fall Off-Season

It’s been a wonderful season, Telluride!

We will be closed for the off-season beginning October 17, 2021, but will re-open on December 7, 2021. 

In the meantime, you may book an appointment to visit the Museum with minimum 24-hour notice, and if Museum staff are available. To request an appointment, please call 970.728.3344, or email [email protected] 

Thank you, and we’ll see you this winter season!

Our winter hours will be as follows:

11 am – 5 pm, Closed Sundays and Mondays

December 7, 2021 – April 2, 2022

Halloween Happenings

It’s one of the Museum’s favorite times of the year, and though we will not be operating the Haunted Hospital to be mindful of Public Health and general safety, we will have holiday fun for everyone on All Hallows Eve! Please note that both events listed here will be held on October 31, 2021. We can’t wait to see you!
Come on up to the hill (Fir St leading up to the Museum) for some Trick-or-Treat fun with our neighbors and the museum staff! There will be spooky decorations, games, and best of all, candy! We look forward to hanging out with you, and your families and friends then! Recommended for ages 12 and under, 4pm to 6pm.
This event is FREE!
After all the fun for the little ones is done, the ghouls and goblins will be out to play in our answer to a pandemi-fied Halloween experience: Night of the Telluride Undead! Follow the legend of Left Lucy Walker (our very own Franken-Museum Creation!) on an immersive, puzzling quest through Telluride History for a chance at prizes and glory!
This event is recommended for ages 13+. 
Please register in advance in either groups or as an individual, $50.00 for a team of 6 or $10.00 per person. Tickets available online at

2021 Fireside Chat Series Announced!

Join the Telluride Historical Museum for a series of free lectures and conversations this fall, learning about Telluride history through unique perspectives. Every Wednesday beginning Sept. 15, through Oct. 6.


Local historian and writer, Paul O’Rourke has written many fascinating articles for Telluride Magazine, diving deep into lesser known stories from Telluride’s past. For this Fireside Chat, he will be sharing his recent research on the history of the Telluride Post Office. 


Join former San Miguel County Program Director for Historic Preservation, Linda Luther at the newly restored Placerville Schoolhouse to learn about the history of the Schoolhouse, the historic restoration process, and stories along the way. 


Henrietta Cloud Brown is portrayed by her great-granddaughter Donnalee Brown through historical creative nonfiction in her new book Telluride Mountain Woman. With the help of first-person performers, experience the Brown Homestead itself come to life, as well as narrative style interviews, unique storytelling, and a book signing with the author. 


Local history expert Rudy Davison will be presenting and signing the third edition of his book, Rudy’s View, a thorough driving guide from Telluride to the top of Imogene Pass, including fascinating mile-by-mile historic and ecological information. 

Fireside Chats are free and open to all. 

Hike Into History – Keystone Gorge with Ted Wilson

Enjoy fall colors and learn more about a beloved Telluride Hike! Ted Wilson will be leading our final 2021 Hike Into History into Keystone Gorge to explore the history of the Keystone Placer Mine and its important place in Telluride History. This is a moderate loop trail. Food and water are recommended. Dogs are not permitted on this trail or in Lawson Hill. The tour will depart from the trailhead in Lawson Hill, located off of Society Dr. on San Miguel River Rd at 9am.

Call 970.728.3344 or click here to reserve your spot. 

$20 Non-Members and $15 for Members

An Evening with Ken Burns





















Due to the recent and ongoing developments with the COVID-19 Delta variant, this year’s Evening with Ken Burns film screening will unfortunately have to be canceled.  We were very excited to host the program this year, and we hope to be able to reschedule it in the future.  We appreciate your understanding, and apologize for any inconvenience.  

All ticket holders will be refunded at the point of sale, and the charges should be reversed in the next two to three business days.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the Museum at (970) 728-3344 or contact Executive Director Kiernan Lannon ( [email protected] ) or Director of Public Engagement, Mary Higgins ( [email protected] ) via email.





Hike Into History With Poetry! Featuring Kierstin Bridger















Hike into History (and Poetry!): Placerville Angell Lode Trail with Kierstin Bridger 

Thusday, August 12th 


Meeting in front of the Placerville Schoolhouse 

Explore Placerville mining ruins and hear poetic perspectives of local geology and our historic mining communities from local writer, performer, and poet Kierstin Bridger and museum staff. 

The access to the trailhead is located up Surprise Avenue, we will caravan from the Placerville School House

This is a short but strenuous hike up the Angell Lode Natural Area Trail. 

The trail ascends the hill to the east and passes old mining portals and vanadium mine ruins in the hills above Placerville. This trail is fairly primitive and includes scrambling through some skree and brush and some steep drop offs. Dogs are not encouraged. Please bring rain and sun protection, plenty of water, and snacks. 

This hike will last approximately 4 hours. 

$20 for Non-Members or $15 for museum members.

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.