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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums

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.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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".

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar