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Ouray County Museum

420 Sixth Ave, Ouray, CO 81427
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Ouray
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Tours, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I liked: the exhibits, the historic photographs, and the curation of the exhibits. I missed: perspectives of Native Americans (they lived here before the whites); the Asian-Americans (who no doubt worked in the mines and the town), the Hispanic-Americans (who also worked in the mines and ran businesses), and other voices. The museum made the entire history of the area... More

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Lawndale, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I saw this museum from the outside and thought "oh here we go. Just another average museum! Boy, was I wrong! This museum is 3 stories of items that give you a history of what Ouray County was all about. After looking at all the items and pictures they had, I am glad I live now. It must have been... More

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Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
32 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My husband and I visited this museum recently. For a small town, it is a great little museum. As others have pointed out, the building was a former hospital and has a number of rooms with medical and hospital equipment. As a nurse, I found these particularly interesting, as I remember some of the same equipment in my long ago... More

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Arizona, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is an amazing museum for a town the size of Ouray. A former miners' hospital, it is filled with photos, memorabilia, a '40's soda fountain, an early hospital room and surgery suite, a general store, a replica of a mine, a huge mineral collection, an old law office and more. Well worth a visit by young or old. This... More

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Ridgway, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This is a truly "home town" Museum with 37+ exhibits showing life in this 19th Century mining town. Well worth a visit.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Very nice museum, full of local history. We learned so much about the area, highly recommend. The tour ladies are very knowledgeable about anything to do with Ouray.

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Wimberley, TX
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Lots of authentic, Ouray historical items. Nice hosts. Great photographs and equipment on display with excellent write-ups. The rooms were set up to display their actual use, such as the Dental Office, Hospital Room, Lawyer's Office, Sitting Rooms. The mannequins were clothed in the style of the period. The grounds and out-buildings are fun to walk through and imagine yourself... More

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Montrose, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

One great museum. So many Colorado mining artifacts and history of the area. This is hard rock mining territory. Ouray is a central town during the growth period when mining was king. The museum is very well organized, you will not go wrong.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is an actual award the museum has won. An excellent collection of Ouray County history in the beautiful old Miner's Hospital. Sections of museum organized by different professions in the area such as mining, ranching. Outside displays. Beautiful tribute to Chief Ouray out front. Bronze bust is wonderful likeness to Ouray. So detailed and information, one could easily spend... More

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Cape May, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Don't miss this one. What an awesome museum. Three floors of local history stuffed to the gills. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Some displays include an old time general store, victorian parlor, Native American history, mining, railroad, military, farming,& ranching. There is also tons of medical displays including an antiquated operating room. Make sure you visit the mineral... More

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