Telluride Museum: FREE Family Night, Current Exhibit + More!, 7/29

Telluride Museum: FREE Family Night, Current Exhibit + More!, 7/29

The Telluride Historical Museum, in partnership with Telluride’s five-star Wilkinson Public Library, is excited to host its 3rd annual “Free Family Night at the Museum.” This year’s theme: “Construction Zone!” To learn more about this program and the Museum’s new exhibition, visit

In celebration of the new 2019 annual exhibit at the Telluride Museum, “If These Walls Could Talk: Preservation and Change,” visitors will experience nine, hands-on stations focusing on building and construction activities. (Scroll down for more on the Museum’s new exhibition.)

Participating community partners, including The Pinhead Institute and the Town of Telluride Planning Department, have come up with amazing crafts or challenges that should engage children with Telluride’s historic buildings.

“This is one of my favorite programs of the year,” said Theresa Koenigsknecht, Director of Programs and Exhibits.“Sometimes museums can be intimidating or very text heavy. We wanted to create a different type of museum experience that encourages children to touch and learn and most importantly to have fun! With the help of other local organizations we can explore new activities and themes every year.”

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum at the the top of Fir Street and finishes with a large raffle prize drawing at 7 p.m. for attendees, who must be present to win.

Snacks and free admission to the museum are provided.

Need a nudge to attend? Check out the fun and games from last year’s Family Night:




Other upcoming museum events:

Saturday July 13th, 9am: Hike into History

$20 or $15 for Museum Members
Meet at Museum

Saturday August 17th, 9 am; Hike into History

$20 or $15 for Museum Members
Meet at Museum

Sunday, August 25th: “An Evening with Ken Burns Movie Screening and Q&A Session

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Episode 5: The Rising Road 1933-1939
Palm Theater

Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am: Hike into History

$20 or $15 for Museum Members
Meet at Museum

Cemetery Tours, Fridays 1:00pm

September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4
$15 / $10 Museum Members
Meet at Cemetery

The Telluride Museum, current exhibit +:

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.

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) recently opened with its newest annual exhibit, “If These Walls Could Talk: Preservation and Change,” which explores Telluride’s historic preservation efforts through the years .

“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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