Telluride Historical Museum Inc

Rating: 4.8 stars   76 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

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


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 am a bit unusual in the fact that I have had a life-long association with the Museum having been born in the institution that is now a museum. I have been heavily involved with the identification and research of the Telluride Blanket, volunteered with the first caretaker Arlene Reid. I have watched the floundering of the museum and finally support by the town of Telluride. Nothing has made more of a difference than the vision and management presented by Lauren Bloemsma. Her ability to work with and within the community has created a gem in the rockies. I would also like to add that many of the "old timers" had a difficult time transitioning from a "ma and pa" Museum to a thematic approach. Lauren has healed many wounds and involved those families in planning while blending with the new. I fully support the direction the museum has now taken and feel privileged to remain a small part of it's direction. I would change only one thing and that is to hope that more of the Telluride Community understand the uniqueness of what they have and that a concentrated effort be made to curate, identify and care for the artifacts in storage.

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

watching and marveling at the improvements, planning and direction of the museum,

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

Make sure the items in storage are taken care of as well as the materials in the museum

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

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What is unique about this organization?

Mining and cultural history from past to present

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen the museum grow and improve over the past 10 years and they were kind enough to host a recent private tour with Telluride Cub Scout Pack 500. The exhibits are surprisingly educational, informative and professionally presented and range from videos of the history of trains in the area to interactive hands on models and videos of the workings of electricity, its origin in Telluride and Ames and its impact on the world. A must see for anyone interested in the history of Telluride.

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My daughter worked with the museum several years ago on cataloging photographs and medical instruments for the exhibits.

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

Keep doing what's been done to this point. The progress is impressive.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I think this is a beautifully restored building and very well maintained. Your staff is very knowledgelable and the grounds are impecably maintained. I have been to many museums throughout the country and to visit one of this caliber is truely an outstanding treat. I look forward to visiting again when the current construction project is completed.

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I have dealt with the staff on an ongoing basis and feel that we have developed a bond

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

create satalite displays around the town that would direct more people to visit

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