TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM INC

Rating: 4.8 stars   76 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: P. O. Box 1597 Telluride CO 81435 USA

Mission:

The mission of the Telluride Historical Museum is to preserve the rich, colorful and diverse history of the region and to bring history to life through exhibits, programs and education.


Programs: Our FREE Fireside Chats begin in June every other Thursday around the fire pit in the Mountain Village Heritage Plaza. Gather ‘round the fire to hear writers, historians, and even scientists talk about all aspects of Telluride history.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a journalist who has covered Telluride's cultural economy for nearly 20 years, I have intimate knowledge of the inner workings of all of the region's key nonprofits, including institutions like the Telluride Historical Museum. The Museum is a microcosm of the town, a special place staffed by special people, who deftly juggle traditional roles with thinking out of the box. Yes, the traditional stuff of museums is there: room after room housing the history of the region are meticulously preserved. But the place also acts as a community center, where people come together to celebrate learning, and many activities orchestrated by the Museum happen off campus: historic bar crawls to Christmas at a traditional ranch where generations of Schmids have worked and played. The Telluride Historical Museum is a place that makes my brain smile.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Telluride Historical Museum has done a wonderful job with which they have to work. The staff is very dedicated to the museum and give 110%. Be sure to stop by and see their exhibit "History of Law Enforcement in San Miguel County", very interesting!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

From town hospital to museum, it has come the full circle. The meseum and its managment is very impressive. This coming spring/summer they are planning a program on the history of Law Enforcement in San Miguel county, that should be of great interest.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing some photos of my Grandparents and photos.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It appears that it is operating fairly good. I would like to see the museum follow through on the Law Enforcement program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Whenever one of my friends or family come to visit me in
Telluride I always take them to the museum. It tells so many stories in such interesting ways and the programs I've attended have always been informative. The staff have helped me in my own historic research on several occasions helping me get in contact with local historians, and sharing their knowledge

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my understanding of local history

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I enjoy the organization just the way it is

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Rating: 4 stars  

I really love the staff, the building, thier displays, and all the great events the museum puts on. The very fact that the building has been moved and is a historical building ads a lot of awe to the whole experince. The museum is second to none in my experince of small town museums.

Keep up the great work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

numerous visits and events

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no ideas here

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the genuine pleasure of visiting this museum this past weekend while my husband enjoyed the fresh powder on the mountain. I absolutely adored my experience. The history and knowledge given by Barbara as I walked in, as well as the displays around the museum, were all top notch. I especially loved the Telluride Blanket and the Tellurider exhibits, but my favorite part was the small reconstructed cabin of Harriet Fish Backus. I had read Tomboy Bride several years ago and loved the story of Backus' many adventures. But to see a small portion of her life in the museum made my reading that much more tangible. I highly recommend a visit to this museum for anyone who is in town. You won't regret it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

acquiring a greater understanding of the history of Telluride.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

resolve to not make any changes.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Its a well all around view of the times and its people.
Found particular interesting the indian period and a few more stories would be super. Any connecting points.
This is my second time here and i came back as i found it so informative and wanteds to be reminded again. Also the story telling of peoples staing why they stayed is great....
next time, i already know what i want to visit next..like mining tours, horse adventure etc,
GREAT

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Telluride, Co.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hanne:ore

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

The museum provides a fascinating history of the area around Telluride. I particularly enjoyed the displays of old household products and things that the miners used. There were some really interesting displays about the transport to the mines. A well done history. There were some great "fun facts".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Telluride,CO

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More historical displays.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great and professional exhibit !!!! this is very well done. I would highly recommend

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Telluride,co

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

we returned to telluride after 30 years. my husband and i celebrated our honeymoon here in feb. 1981. we went upstairs and were pleased to see the display from the iron ladel. during our week stay we ate there many times. at times we would see our waitress sometimes working at the lift, sometimes at the ladel and also at the bakery. enjoyed seeing the photos and it brought back memories not only of that week but the styles and trends that i had forgotton. enjoyed it a lot

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Telluride, Co

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ventilation. although it was feb and snow outside the upstairs was stuffy

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

A wonderful local museum full of interesting information about the topography, history and characters that make Telluride what it is today. I had no idea there had been so many mines operating in the area. The transition to a resort community is fully documented here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased knowledge of the area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes, or have a coffee shop!

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