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Koshare Indian Museum

Address: 115 West 18th Street, La Junta, CO 81050
Phone Number: 719 384 4411
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in La Junta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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La Junta, CO
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I loved the room with oil paintings by the original Taos artists, which also has Maria black on black Navajo pots. Priceless. The arrowhead collections are vast and interesting. There is a complete set of Santa Fe Railroad calendar art, which is an amazing feat. Then start on the Native American costumes. The museum is very modern and clean compared... More 

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Northglenn, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you are travelling through La Junta, it is well worth a stop at the Kiva. Brimming with history and a treasure trove of art it is fascinating how this museum came in to existence. Learn the story of the Koshare Indian dancers and the man who made it all possible.

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Decatur, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

As always a great show to watch. I was raised around here and the Koshares, Buck was a hell of a man. Its changed some but fun when the older retired dancers come back to show up the newer ones.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The staff was so friendly and helpful....and the museum had collections of art and cultural items not seen in many large city museums with much bigger budgets.....we will be back for the dances...

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Denver, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

As other reviewers have explained this is a unique museum containing an eclectic collection of Native American art of the Southwestern region and a replica of a Kiva, built during the Great Depression era to house the newly formed Koshare dancers. The art collection was assembled over the last 80 years by the founder (Mr. "Buck" Burshears) and members of... More 

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La Junta, Colorado
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is an interesting museum - you would think it was truer Native American. But it has a history you won't find anywhere else. The Boy Scouts are really the basis of this museum. So, while the collection is very good, the whole history of this is sort of odd. Well worth a visit - and the gift shop is... More 

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Warrensburg MO
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40 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This museum is associated with Otero Jr. College and with a Boy Scout troop. We visited during the off-season fro the dances presented by the scouts, but the art was worth the visit. Eclectic collection included native American artists, the Taos school, kachina "dolls", some excellent rugs, and pottery. Art & artifacts included a mixture of old and recent, signed... More 

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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We did not have time to visit the museum, but saw the Saturday night performance, which was excellent. First of all, the dances and songs are done in a very respectful manner. All of the dancers and singers are kids (many Boy Scouts and Explorers, including blonde ones) and they put a lot of time and effort into this. The... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

My wife and 11 month old son stopped at the Koshare Indian Museum during our visit to La Junta in early August 2013. The museum is located on the south end of town on the campus of the local junior college. When you get there, you arrive in the bookstore. Here we learned that the Koshare is not a tribe,... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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45 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Beautiful Native American crafts beautifully displayed. I loved the paintings especially. Great gift shop as well.

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