TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM INC

Rating: 4.8 stars   76 reviews

Issues:

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  

I have lived in Telluride since 1988. I loved the fact that the miners hospital was still here and that the Museum would be housing it. There are so many wonderful exhibits. The lectures offered are very educational and fun to attend. I love the doctors room and all the history behind that. I love the rugs. I love the museum!

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Ice cream socials reminding us of community.

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

To expand the Telluride outdoor experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GREAT experience when visiting Telluride! They have done an incredible job at capturing the history and spirit of Telluride.

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Visiting

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make it larger

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Rating: 4 stars  

I came to this area on holiday and was recommended a visit here to discover more about the area. It is a fascinating museum housed in an old hospital serving the now defunct mining industry. Not too large but well laid out with clear information about the various areas. It has given me a much better idea of the history of what you might now consider to be just a ski resort. There is so much more and where else could you see hand woven rug some 850 years old and in such amazing condition!

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a clearer understanding of the history of the area

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find it hard to suggest as they have a very well designed museum

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Rating: 5 stars  

This museum is the heart and soul of our community! Certainly, it has been the defining institution in terms of my relationship with this town. My memory is hazy, but I think I’ve been visiting the museum since I was a kid back in the 60’s. Initially, my fascination with the museum was a consequence of my sense of connection with Telluride (my grandfather was born here—his christening gown used to be on display—and my great, great grandfather, Charles Painter, was Telluride’s first mayor (his picture during a late-19th century picnic provides the backdrop for one exhibit). More recently, though, as a teacher at Telluride High School, I’ve come to value the consistent support the museum has provided me in delivering a dynamic curriculum. To borrow from my students’ discourse, this museum rocks!

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Yes.

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None. The museum is on a roll!

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Rating: 4 stars  

We were attracted to the area for the skiing and are impressed to learn that Telluride has such an interesting historical museum.

The exhibits flesh out the what your imagination conjures up as you walik around the town and enjoy the architecture and the charming interiors.

The pride of the locals is evident in the referrals to visit this museum while we were here.

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Telluride,Cp

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Nothing-it was wonderful

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Rating: 5 stars  

We've visited historical museums in Gunnison, South Park and Crested Butte as well as this one in Telluride. The Telluride Historical Museum is by far the most pleasingly arranged with a nice flow through the building and excellent, informative exhibits.

In addition, we were greeted cordially and offered water ---a welcome gift for a visitor still coping with the altitude.

This being a former hospital, the room recalling those days is spectacular.

And finally, this town is so small, that in the room commemorating the 1970's, we saw a photo of the woman who lead us cross-country skiing this week. Wow!

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Telluride Historical Museum

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Explain more fully why there is a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke in a Colorado Museum.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Wonderful museum. It covered many aspects of the area from Native American culture, to Pioneer life, to mining, and of course skiing!

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Educational.

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nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

happened upon the museum while on a walk. What a pleasant surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed the history and will recommend it to family and friends.

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Rating: 5 stars  

If the mention of a History Museum gives you visions of dark, dusty, mothball smelling newspaper clippings and antiques, you'll be amazed at the sunny, vibrant, and interactive Telluride Historical Museum. The Museum staff and board have done an amazing job making this a place you want to spend time in and want to return over and over. If you love the beauty and magic of Telluride, you'll love the Historical Museum!

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As a resident of the community and as a member of the nonprofit community.

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Nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This museum is a vital part of Telluride. We have so enjoyed learning about Telluride's history at the museum. Additionally, the museum puts on many very interesting special events, evenings, and tours. A visit to Telluride is not complete without a visit to this gem of a museum.

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Have enjoyed their exhibits, learned from their displays of Telluride history, and participated in their special events.

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

I would make none.

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