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Telluride Historical Museum Inc

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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

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer for the museum is such an amazing expirience. It has allowed me to meet new people and gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction being a part of an incredible team that tells the story of Telluride. I recommend the museum to everyone new to Telluride especially for the cemetary tours, pub crawls and the historic ski tours. My wife and I also had our rehearsal dinner at the Museum the night before our wedding and our friends and family were so impressed not only with the structure and displays but with the obvious care and attention to detail of the staff.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a really cool museum. I was extremely surprised that Telluride had such a rich past. Telluride and the surrounding area not only were rich in minerals, but inventors like Tesla and bank robbers like Butch Cassidy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We at Schmid Ranch have been working with the Telluride Historical Museum to share the heritage and history of Telluride with all! They are outstanding to work with. The staff are openminded, community minded and very professional. Their outreach and vision are amazing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE the Telluride Historical Museum. Telluride is an incredibly special place and without the Telluride Historical Museum to preserve and share its rich history the specialness of its past would be lost to, well, history.

I don't get the opportunity to visit Telluride as much as I would like, but when I do, you better believe the Historical museum is as important to my trip as Misty Maiden or the Steaming Bean.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My whole family loves the Telluride Historical Museum. We always bring our visitors there, so they can learn something about the history of mining, electricity, and day-to-day living in historic Telluride.
We especially love the Anasazai blanket, and the story of how it was found rolled in a ceramic pot which had been 'forgotten' in storage.
There is usually an interesting floating exhibit...once it was Federico Fellini's paintings of his dreams.
The museum staff are always knowledgable and helpful. They let us celebrate my father-in-law's 80th birthday in the exhibition gallery.
One of the very best programs the museum puts on are the 'Fireside Chats' where they invite interesting people to come and share their take on local and Colorado history. I've learned about the making of the ski resort, and about Ute tribal leaders.
Another interesting program is the "Pub Crawl" where participants get to visit the local bars and learn about the building's historic character! You can imagine how fun that is!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the museum programs. They are so interesting and informative. I always learn something new about Telluride's history. Some of my absolute favorites are the guided hikes with Rudy Davidson to the high country learning about the Smuggler/Union Mine strikes. The Pub Crawl is fun to join and learn about Telluride's history in the 1970's during the transition from a rough and ready mining town with a gun slinging sheriff to a hippie ski resort. I love the 4th of July root beer floats and the Fireside Chats with Telluride born and raised citizens. The museum displays are excellent.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a educator the Museum has provide many opportunities for professional growth as well as curriculum support for our students.
The museum is a local treasure!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am impressed with the outreach agenda of the Telluride Historical Museum - sending tantalizing information concerning programs to me here in Virginia via email. They have to know that I might not be there "tomorrow" - but I surely will be someday, and the museum is first on my to-do list when I get there!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I love all of the variety of seminars the Museum hosts. The Summer Fireside chats presented by knowledgable historians are fabaulous. Many of the speakers actually lived the life they are relating so it makes the conversation much more lively. Lots of questions are generated and acurately answered. The in house museum displays give a panorama of life in early mining Telluride. The tenacity and grit posessed by the early settlers is truly inspiring.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The museum visit was recommended to me by my seat mate on the plane ride from Los Angeles. I am happy to say she was correct in saying that the museum "was not to be missed."

A very through and thoughtful display of the important periods of Telluride. The displays are interesting and the historical perspective encompassing.

Our Docent of the day was very informative and gracious.

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