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The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is now Open for the Summer!
10am to 6pm daily
Step back in time and experience the heritage that makes Crested Butte so distinctive
The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is locaed in the center of historic Crested Butte.
We have transformed "The Hardware" or "Tony's Conoco" into the town's only historic repository.
Our Museum Exhibits explore coal mining in Crested Butte from the early 1880's to the 1950's and the long history of skiing in the Gunnison Valley. Guests can investigate everday life of "Crested Buttians" in our Home Life Exhibit and the Betty Spehar Children's Exhibit, as well as wacky, local celebrations like Flauschink. The model town and railroad has been elected the most popular exhibit at the Crested Butte Museum, complete with distinctive buildings along Elk Avenue, The Big Mine, the Denver & Rio Grande railroad, and infamous buildings like the Old Rock Schoolhouse, Kochevar's and the Forest Queen. And, of course, the Museum would be incomplete without the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
Be sure to visit the Museum Store, featuring photo reproductions from Crested Butte's history, books, childrens' toys, garden and home decor, and gifts to please your family and friends at home.
Come sit by the potbelly stove and reminisce about the old days of Crested Butte, or recall Hardware Store merchandise from the past...we've left the shelves as they were when Tony Mihelich closed the doors. From ceiling to floor, and everything in between, our Museum should certainly be on your list of things to do in Crested Butte. And, our Museum is fully wheelchair accessible!
UPCOMING EVENT - Speaker Series - September18th at 7:30pm
The Museum is honored to have Carol Patterson speak about
Ute Elder Clifford Duncan
Clifford Duncan passed away this year. Carol has been a close friend of Clifford Duncan, Ute elder from the Northern Ute tribe, over the last 10 years and together they have published a number of articles Ute rock art interpretation.
Ute Rock Art Maps of the Uncompahgre Plateau, Shavano Valley Petroglyph site and recently, “Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes”, with
One World Archaeology series, Smith Publications in London.
Presently she is finishing the “Rock Art of the Uintah Ouray Reservation” by Clifford Duncan, with the American Philosophical Society due out in 2015.Carol Patterson is a cultural resource manager, archaeologist and tribal consultant with Urraca Archaeological Services in Montrose. She has taught cultural anthropology and archaeology at Mesa State University in Montrose and Grand Junction and Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Carol Patterson is a cultural resource manager, archaeologist and tribal consultant with Urraca Archaeological Services in Montrose. She has taught cultural anthropology and archaeology at Mesa State University in Montrose and Grand Junction and Metropolitan State University in Denver.
These events are free but a $5 suggested donation would be appreciated. For questions or information please contact the Museum at 349-1880.