Telluride Museum: Re-Opening for Summer w/New Preservation Exhibit, Opens 6/6

Telluride Museum: Re-Opening for Summer w/New Preservation Exhibit, Opens 6/6

The Telluride Historical Museum is a 501(c3) nonprofit located at the top of Fir Street. Through permanent and annual exhibitions, engaging programming, and insightful events it works to bring the history of Telluride and the region to life. To learn more visit:

Throughout the summer the Telluride Historical Museum is open Sundays 1-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 7 p.m. Every Thursday is free for locals and remains open late to accommodate those who work regular hours. Additionally, the historical walking tours led by Ashley Boling will take place every Thursday during the summer and depart from the Museum at 1 p.m. Piggy-backing on last year’s success, the Museum has added another free HARC tour which will now happen on the first and last Friday of each month. These tours focus specifically on local preservation stories, which dovetails nicely with the current exhibit.

The Telluride Historical Museum (THM) opens this week with their newest annual exhibit, “If These Walls Could Talk: Preservation and Change.” This year’s annual exhibit explores Telluride’s historic preservation efforts through the years and will be celebrated with a free opening reception this Thursday, June 6th starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

“It was important for us to highlight the community’s efforts to ensure that Telluride’s essential character has been largely intact through the years,” executive director Kiernan Lannon said. “Historic preservation is a huge part of what makes Telluride such a great place in which to live, work, and play.”

The new exhibit chronicles Telluride’s built history from its earliest days to present and helps identify unique characteristics that helped to retain town’s character and charm. The exhibit discusses the highs and lows of preservation and dives into specific methods used to save local buildings and houses.

On view are interactive spaces such as a house built with the help of Finbro Construction, Shift Architects, and Tom Sokowolski, along with a mini interior recreation of the Sheridan Opera House featuring its old seats. You will also be able to explore the interiors of walls and compare historical and modern building methods, as well as historic preservation techniques. Almost all the artifacts included in the exhibit were locally-obtained thanks to the help of the community. Visitors will learn about significant Telluride homes and buildings including those that have been lost to time and deterioration.


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