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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.

Currently Closed

We are currently closed while we develop new and effective practices for re-opening the Museum in the safest manner possible. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new world. Please stay tuned for details. We look forward to seeing you soon here at the Museum.

Safe at Home Summer Camp

Parenting during a pandemic is tricky. Telluride’s new Safer at Home Camp Challenge is here to help!

We have collaborated with 9 other local organizations and nonprofits on a fun, free camp that kids can do safely from home. This downloadable packet of activities, from cool science experiments and reading challenges to amazing arts and crafts, will get your kids outside, reading, and creating. There are even healthy lunch recipes and a calendar of fun “challenges.” Activities are designed for all ages, but kids under 9 should participate with an older sibling or guardian.

Share your fun! Be sure to post pictures of your adventures and creations and tag them #SAHCampChallenge.


Genealogy & Family History 101

Genealogy- Family History 101 on Zoom

Weds. May 27th 5:30-6:30pm

The Telluride Historical Museum is hosting a genealogy workshop!

Explore online resources to create your family tree, dig deeper into your genealogy, and discover new stories from the past. Director of Programs Theresa, also a professional genealogist for almost ten years, will walk you through the basics of where to start investigating the mysteries behind your ancestors.

*Please register in advance for this class and come with questions. *

Register here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May News From the Front Porch

Want to get the scoop on what’s going on at the Telluride Historical Museum? Read our newsletter, News From the Front Porch Volume II, Issue 5. Included are a rundown of happenings, artifact spotlight, and gift shop favorite.

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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