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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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Carlisle, Pa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Planned as a stop between Durango & Glenwood Springs. Very worthwhile decision as the museum proved to be full of regional history & info. Once building was a hospital which part of the exhibit shows. Mining, minerals and town past are all on display. Lots to see.

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Fairfield, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoy knowing the history of each location we travel to. Full disclosure, I was a curator for a rural county museum for a few years so these museums hold a special place in my heart. This one is three stories tall located in the old hospital. Great history of a unique town. The photograph collection of life in a... More

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Osceola, AR
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It seems that most every town and county has a museum now-a-days. This one represents Ouray and its history. You should google the museum. I really enjoyed my time there. Being a rockhound, I spent plenty of time examining the rock that were found in the Ouray area. It's not mind blowing, but decent enough. The cost is $6 to... More

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Montrose, Colorado, United States
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Living in Montrose, CO a few miles away, I've heard this museum was good. That is an understatement, its amazing. The building is the old miners hospital. Three floors of Indian. mining, ranching and town history all put together in a very interesting way. Lots of wonderful old photographs of the people that worked in the mines and developed the... More

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Alton, Ia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

One could spend two weeks in the Ouray Museum--there is just that much material. It's amazing, absolutely amazing. I'd recommend visiting a mine before going; the museum's basement mining display will be much more understandable--not that it isn't; but seeing a mine first helps. This is not a mining museum; there's just so much more. Amazing place.

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Denver, Colorado
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Incredible collection, three floors with tons of interesting rooms that each have thematic artifacts. Replica mine tour in the basement. Quaint, thorough, enjoyable. Even my 10 year old was fully engaged the entire visit. This is a flawless exhibit.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
32 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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