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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first experience with the museum was in 2005 when the museum unveiled The Blanket - a very well preserved textile artifact from the Pueblan II period - and one of a few remaining in the U.S. All I could think of was - this small community and local region has incredible history - electricity. Butch Cassidy, mining technology, spider web of aerial trams, railroads and galloping goose(s). The museum reflects the history with the exhibits in the old Miners Hospital building and the staff makes history come alive for visitors and community members with their outreach programs such as hikes into history; school events; four wheeling tours and fireside chats. The museum continues to be a wonderful institution for this community.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Telluride Historical Museum, as might be expected, well represents the history of Telluride with its many artifacts, vignettes and interactive exhibits of its Native American and mining heritage, including an outdoor, interactive exhibit of local mining activities and equipment. However, the Museum is also mindful of the more recent history of Telluride - that of the development of the ski industry and many festivals for which Telluride is deservedly renowned. The Museum also sponsors many activities in the Museum, the town, and in the surrounding countryside which bring the community together and develop a sense of the origins of Telluride today. Therefore, the Museum has "something for everyone" and is a warm, welcoming , and enlightening place for all, visitors and residents alike.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bringing history to life is the mantra of the Telluride Historical Museum, and with it's outstanding historic building, collection, staff, and volunteers, the museum is reaching outside its walls to make history happen. As a volunteer turned board member (more volunteering), I see the impact this institution has on the members of the community, both those living here and those visiting us. Telluride is a historic tourism destination in its own right, and the museum takes that to a whole higher level. It's not just exhibits and interactive displays, but engaging lectures, hikes, ski tours, school field trips, and much more. History isn't dull, dusty, and boring in Telluride ... thanks to the Telluride Historical Museum, history lives!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Telluride Historical Museum is a centerpiece of the Telluride community. It is not only the preserver of the region's history but creates opportunities to bring it to life in many ways through exhibits and interactive experiences. The programming is creative and appeals to the many segments of the community and visitors to our town.

Review from Guidestar