Museum of the Mountain West

Museum of the Mountain West

Museum of the Mountain West
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CM
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Jul 2022 • Family
This is one of the best museums I have ever been to in my entire life. It is one thing to see a museum that has interesting exhibits but to see the exhibit in the context of the time period is much more interesting.

Our tour guide was so excellent that the two hours we spent there hardly felt like we were there long enough.

If you are interested in history this is an excellent place for you to come. Even my kids thought this was a great museum and enjoyed the varied items that were displayed.

I would recommend at least an extra hour after the tour to go back and hit highlights. Unfortunately we had to continue on our journey. If we get back this way we will definitely make a point to stop here again!
Written July 25, 2022
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skco_01
Evergreen, CO8 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Hands down the best museum I have ever been to. A beautifully and expertly curated collection. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and seem to enjoy talking about not only the piece in the museum and what they are, but the specific history of certain items and where they came from. If you are in Montrose or the surrounding areas this is an absolutely must (especially if it’s a Saturday and can get Coulee as your tour guide). Absolutely will be coming back to this place in the future.
Written June 12, 2022
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swt754
Modesto, CA2 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Such a great tour! Sooooo much to see and lots of extremely interesting items! HUGE collection! I have to recommend the guided tour because you get so much more information and the best stories. Our guide “Jim” was an absolute gem & his stories were so fantastic. Met the curator after the tour and Mr. Fike was very nice and I wish I would have had more time to hear more stories. I could have spent a whole day there just asking questions, listening to stories, and looking around. Thnx SO much for such a great tour!
Written May 20, 2022
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Stacey L
2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
This place was very neat. You can tell the founder of this museum has a passion for preserving the old west! Everything was so well built and taken care of. The guided tour is a MUST. Some of the artifacts they had were greatly preserved, other things they had to clean up and restore. Either way, they all tell an amazing story! My favorite was the Jail house, The white picket fence house, and the Lutheran Church at the end of "town".

However, not a tour small children should go on. I'd say minimum of 6-7 years, younger kids/toddlers will have a hard time. My little one is 3 and she wanted to touch everything and run around. It was difficult for her and I (especially) to fully enjoy the museum. The artifacts are old and fragile, and some, irreplaceable. Having something broken or damaged by a curious toddler would make for a bad tour all around.

That's the only reason why I gave it 4/5 stars.
Written November 4, 2021
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GarciasOnWheels
2 contributions
Apr 2022
We opted for the guided tour. It was $15 a person and well worth it. I thought when i saw it on Trip Advisor that it would be a small museum with a few buildings. It actually took us 2.5 hours to get through the whole thing. Lots to see here and lots of history. Our tour guide was great, and since it was the off season, my wife, son, and I were the only people on the tour. Even though the tour was just us, our tour guide put his full energy into it. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it.
Written April 6, 2022
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Jennalee M
Colorado Springs, CO1 contribution
May 2020 • Family
This museum had tons of things to see. It was a nice way to experience some history, although I would have loved to hear more local history and stories. My teenagers enjoyed it, but they seem to be the rare type who love museums; I don’t know that younger children would last the whole 2 hours. I’m glad it was open!
Written May 28, 2020
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Amanda P
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
This is an amazing museum and a must do if traveling with kids or if you just love history! It was educational and fun! The owner greeted us and told us quite a bit before we took a self-guided tour but all the volunteers checked in with us and told stories too. My 9 year old wants to starts his own museum now, lol. We had stopped at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale on this trip as well and they complement each other nicely between National Parks for a fun educational road trip.
Written September 29, 2020
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Nathan W
Montrose, CO5 contributions
May 2021 • Family
I’ve lived in Montrose for nearly 9 years and I never made it over here until my nine year old nephew expressed an interest in visiting…I’m sure glad he did.

I think my favorite part of the tour was the indoor section set up like a town. What a thoughtful way to display the things we all love. The nostalgia is just seeping out of that building.

My brother, his wife, myself and their four kids had a great time checking out the collection. It filled up the better part of an afternoon and was followed with a trip to the ice cream shop.

Thanks for the experience and the memories, I’ll be back soon!
Written June 13, 2021
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Mike T
Apple Valley, CA2 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
My friend and I were traveling from California to Indiana, stopping at as many national parks as possible along the way. We happened by the Museum of the Mountain West while driving through and were absolutely blown away by the collection Mr.Fike has acquired over the years. It felt as though we stepped back in time. Every piece in the museum has a story. Mr.Fike and his staff are extremely friendly and proud of the things they have on display. Thank you for preserving this history and for sharing it with the world. This is a must do if you’re in the area. We were there for almost three hours and could have easily stayed for many more, so much to see. Thank you Mr.Fike and your amazing staff and volunteers for an amazing experience!
Written November 11, 2020
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aaronpK696MD
Huntsville, United States7 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
It was cute but not worth the money or time. The guided tour is very long and unorganized. The tour guide kept rambling and bragging about the guided tour taking 3 hours. Far too long for such a small place.
Written September 16, 2022
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