Telluride Museum: August & Beyond

Telluride Museum: August & Beyond

This year, 2016, the Telluride Historical Museum celebrates 50 years in operation.  Scroll down to find out what is going on at the Museum this month & beyond.

Reoccurring Events:


Hike into History:

Saturday, August 13: Geo-Caching, Bear Creek & Nellie Mine

Join Rudy Davison, a local expert on mining history, on a beautiful hike up Bear Creek. Participants will learn about Geo-Caching, what it is and how to join in on the fun. Hikers will also learn about the history surrounding the remnants of a prominent historic mine.

Meet at the Museum at 8:45 a.m. Hikers will leave promptly at 9 a.m. This is a one-way hike; participants can turn back at their leisure. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and extra layers.

$15 Non-members; $10 Museum Members. To reserve a spot on the hike, call the Museum at 970.728.3344 or go here.

Historic Walking Tours:

historic walking tours

Every Thursday, June 2- August 25, 1 – 2:00 p.m. Meet at the Museum

Tickets: $15 Non-member ;$10 Museum Members (Includes Museum admission.) Purchase at the Museum or by phone.

Lone Tree Cemetery Tours


Every Friday starting September 2 – October 7, 1 p.m.

Don’t miss this unique look at Telluride’s history and the rugged people who lived, worked– and were buried here. Tours depart from the Lone Tree Cemetery pedestrian gate on Colorado Avenue at 1 p.m.

Lamplight Lone Tree Cemetery Tours


Last three Fridays in October 14, 21, 28, 6 p.m.

Hear the stories and legends of Telluride’s historic graveyard in the ambience of lantern light. Meet at the Lone Tree Cemetery. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

Special Events:

Sunday, August 28, 6 – 9 p.m., An Evening with Ken Burns.


As part of the ongoing celebration of the 100th anniversary of America’s National Parks, join eminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for a screening of an episode from his documentary, “National Parks.” The screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with Burns and a book-signing.

Tickets are $25, non-members, $20 for members and $5 students (7 – 17).

Wednesday, September 21, 6 – 7 p.m., summer lecture, Surveying and Map MakingFree.

Monday, October 31, 7 – 9:30 p.m., Haunted Hospital. Gather your courage for a haunted journey through Telluride’s former hospital. Bring your friends and prepare to be spooked.

The Telluride Historical Museum in Telluride, Colo., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012...Photo by Barton Glasser

The Telluride Historical Museum in Telluride, Colo., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Photo by Barton Glasser

Fireside Chats:

fireside chats

This annual Telluride Historical Museum free lecture series delves into local historical topics through the lenses of authors, historical re-enactors, professors, geologists and more.

Women of Vice, Stories and Poems of Telluride’s Saloon Days:

Local poet Kierstin Bridger will share work from her latest collection of poems, Demimonde, followed by a conversation about the “sporting life” in a mining town’s popular red light district.

August 10, Norwood Livery 6 p.m.; August 11, Mountain Village at Hotel Madeline 5:30 p.m.

Rescues & Tragedies in the San Juan Mountains

Author and storyteller Kent Nelson will be discussing his recent book, which draws on decades of stories of harrowing rescues in the San Juan Mountains

August 17 at the Norwood Livery 6 p.m.; August 18 Mountain Village at Hotel Madeline 5:30 p.m.

Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

Historian and author Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires.

August 24, Norwood Livery 6 p.m.; August 25 in Mountain Village at Hotel Madeline 5:30 p.m.


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