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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

My knowledge of the history of this region has increased dramatically as a result of attending the museum's programs and volunteering in various ways.

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

Increase emberships to bring in additional resources for more outreach programs and possibly a satellite location in Mountain Village.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

The many events with great attendance and the positive and enthusiastic comments of visitors to the museum

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

At this point there are no changes I would make with the exception of increasing funds to bring the programs to a wider audience e.g. more children and adults from outside the town itself

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

bringing history out of the museum and into the streets, through Heritage Fest with re-enactments of historic events, sensitive inclusion of Ute Indian heritage, playful lectures, and hikes into the surrounding mountains.

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

find ways to increase funding for additional extension and exhibits in other parts of the region.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

First learned about it as a visitor, reading the town walking tour.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Complete the new interactive outdoor mining exhibit.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Secure adequate storage space and fully document and protect its collection.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I've become more knowledgable about the history of Telluride

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

have some visiting exhibits

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