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“Great little place to learn about the history of this interesting town.”

Telluride Historical Museum
Ranked #5 of 58 things to do in Telluride
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

If you know nothing about the history of the area you can learn a lot here in a few minutes. Great display of actual mining equipment, household goods, historical artifacts and a few videos.

The town does have a great history and puts it in great perspective.

Thank mikel12323
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

I am history buff, and this is one of the best small-town museums I've visited anywhere. There is detailed information on the history of the Ute Indians and their displacement from the area. You'll learn more about the geology of the region and the mining heritage. My favorite part: discovering that Telluride was a player in the War of Currents (late 1800s) between Edison and Westinghouse. Did you know that Telluride was the first town in the world to have electric lights powered by alternating current?

The kids can enjoy a "panning" experience right outside the building. For $6, you can purchase some dirt that has been "infused" with mineral and fossil samples. Above the sluice box is a picture of 40 mineral types and 35(?) fossil types that can be found in the dirt. When we arrived, one mom said her child had been collecting specimens for two hours. My daughter found amethyst, citrine, and more. A couple of kids from other families found arrowheads! Great entertainment.

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Reviewed July 2, 2012

This museum is a must see in Telluride and operates on a donation basis. It is located in a historic building with cool architecture as well an excellent collection of historical items not seen in other Colorado historical museums. I particularly enjoyed the Tomboy Bride exhibit which depicts the life of a gold miner's wife life (also a great book to read), cooking and cabin layout including a denim floor to prevent the miner's family from walking on splinters. I was absorbed in the unique historical perspective of this musuem for over two hours.

1  Thank Oceandweller7
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

I never would have guessed that a small mining town would have such a fantastic museum. Don't miss this gem! Lots of fantastic stories and artifacts telling the fascinating history of this beautiful place. Be certain to stop by on your next visit!

1  Thank Andrea P
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

What a cool museum! Didn't know what to expect, but it's got a little of everything and Telluride history. Very well put together.

Thank LisaP190
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