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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

Robert W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Telluride Historical Museum has wonderful informative exhibits and a world class Indian blanket and a wonderful restored building. But what makes the museum so impressive is the way it is manged.

This museum is endlessly inventive in creating collaborations with any number of wildly different entities. The result is that the presence of the museum is felt throughout the region all through the year in many varied ways.

This museum is not just sitting there waiting for people to come through the door. Lauren Boesma has created an entity that is woven through the entire community's consciousness.

Robert Weatherford

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Informative and interesting. I well presented and in depth look at the history of the town and people of Telluride.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with the museum in conjunction with the telluride film festival to put up some exhibits and they have always been wonderfull to work with and delivered the highest quality product. As a long term resident I have enjoyed the many programs they put on and the friendly and helpful staff. Whenever I send friend sup to see the museum they have an enjoyable time.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Telluride Historical Museum provides fun, entertaining, and educational events to compliment the wonderful collection in the building. Our community greatly benefits from this vital institution. All ages share in the Museum's programs.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The museum was a wonderful educational experience. The staff was very helpful. The collection has grown over the years and has become an invaluable record of Telluride History. Everyone should visit it multiple times!

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Vickie K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In May 2006, I was privileged to have an art exhibit at the Telluride Historical Museum. It was a lovely experience, and the museum itself was inspiring to say the least. Tucked against the gorgeous Telluride hillsides, this museum is full of amazing artifacts and narratives that describe the history of Telluride and its surroundings. From the earliest days of the Ute Ancestors to the modern day, Telluride has shared an amazing history that continues to live on through innovative programs such as the Fireside Chats. The museum staff are personable, and it is clear that they relish the history of their region, and have found wonderful ways to spread the joy of learning about history. Exhibits are beautifully arranged, and evoke a sense of time travel, as you move from one room to another. It truly is a wonderful experience. Don't miss this opportunity to find out what made, and still makes, Telluride so magical.

My art exhibit and book signing was a huge success, as well as my own Fireside Chat in 2008.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The interactive qualities of the exhibits draw the attendee into the experience that was (is)the history of Telluride. From the ages of geology (the youngest mountains in Colorado), to the era of the first people (prime summer camp) through the boom and bust and boom again. The culture is rich and the visual and audio resources are solid.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The Historical Museum in Telluride provides a view into the colorful past of our town and region. As the Mayor of Telluride, I support fully what this community gem does for our tourism based economy as well as what it provides our homeowners and their guests. The Museum allows visitors and locals alike to take a step back into what has made Telluride so very special. From the facility itself to the staff and finally to the displays that allow all of us feel the sense history and the character of our town.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Telluride Historical Museum is a fantastic, cornerstone of life in Telluride. Keeping in touch with our long and illustrious past is really cool! I especially like the old pictures shown in the local papers. The staff headed by dedicated Director Lauren Bloemsma does an incredible job of keeping us all aware of the past and coming up with unique events that make Telluride a better place to live! Keep up the great work and keep our history alive for future generations!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

An entertaining and informative collection, the museum provides a great overview of the town and its history. My husband and I enjoyed it very much.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Telluride Historical Museum is a gem in our old mining town. The staff is amazing in consistently hosting engaging events. This institution far exceeds any museum experience I had before moving to Telluride. I know more funding would go to very good use for the museum and get them the attention and awareness they so deserve.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I brought ten women from throughout the country to Telluride for one of the summer festivals, hiking, and other activities. The absolute HIGHLIGHT of the visit was our visit to the Telluride Historical Museum. We did our visit on the first day and the guide gave us wonderful stories and historic context so that we could enjoy our explorations to the Lone Cone Cemetary and other sights around town.

One of my friends went back to Telluride this year for skiing and took her guests to the museum so they could appreciate and understand the rich history of Telluride.

It is a well-run, well-curated, museum serving its community and the many many visitors to that part of Colorado.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Many wonderful artifacts on display! Historical explanations are succinct and interesting. The Telluride Blanket is a must see for anyone.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this museum. It's small, but incredibly interesting and captures the vast amount of history of the region. Who knew that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid robbed their first bank in Telluride? The museum puts on a first rate reinactment every year at the Heritage Festival, replete with cowboys and villains storming down mainstreet Telluride with guns a'blazin. I gots goosebumps.

Also had the chance to participate in a murder mystery night at the museum, where we re-enacted a famous murder in Telluride and patrons (encouraged to wear full-on western period regalia) had the opportunity to solve the murder with cleverly placed clues. What an incredible night.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Telluride Museum is a delicious collection of geological, anthropological, medical, innovations, sport (Skiing of course) and eclectic western Americana. Housed in a restored hospital that served the miners back in "the old days" this is a MUST SEE for any traveler to the area. Miss Brenda is a font of interesting and useful information and can answer most any question put to her. Thanks a million!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a visitor from Miami Fl, this museum experience has enlightened me about the rich history and inspires me to return and spend more time investigating every nook and cranny of this beautiful region.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In visiting the museum-I have found it to be very informative of the history of Telluride and the area; It is a wonderful experience that I would suggest for everyone who visits here. I find the local involvement unbelievabe.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to Telluride since 2000 and went to the Telluride Museum for the first time last summer. I must say it was very interesting - to say the least. It was elegantly presented and offered something for all ages. It especially did a great job of paying homage to the native peoples and give a true feeling to what life was like in the mining town over 100 years ago. Not to be missed!

Review from Guidestar

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

Client Served

Rating: 4

Excellent museum, very interesting and informative.
Well structured with thorough information which flows from one exhibit to the next.
Overall very good