Telluride Museum: Update + “You Are Here” Officially Opens 6/6, Community Welcome!

Telluride Museum: Update + “You Are Here” Officially Opens 6/6, Community Welcome!

The following is a note from the Telluride Museum family about events you won’t want to miss.

The Museum hopes everyone will show up on June 6, 6pm, for a free public reception to unveil the new show:”You Are Here: Opportunity, Exploration, and Endurance in the San Juan Mountains.”

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Pandora School Bus June 1927. “Group of students and driver standing in front of school bus from Pandora to Telluride, June 1927; Bill and Gena Winn are the adults in this photo; sisters of Jean Wood Leachman, Margery and Helen, are in the front row of the children. (Jean Wood Leachman is the daughter of Chapp E. Wood, Mill Sup.)” Image, courtesy Telluride Museum.

Over the summer of 1970, Arlene Reid was hard at work at the former hospital turned museum. Arlene previously worked as a nurse in the hospital and was married to local photographer Homer Reid. She led the growth of the historic building into a cultural center by communicating with current and past locals, collecting artifacts and archives, and welcoming guests to tour the eclectic displays.

The museum opened for the 2024-2025 season on June 3rd. On Thursday, June 6, 6 p.m.,we will reveal our newest Weatherford Gallery annual exhibit: “You Are Here: Opportunity, Exploration, and Endurance in the San Juan Mountains.” The free public reception is  unveils this new show and was generously sponsored by Community Banks of Colorado.

The exhibit will feature rare and unique historical maps that tell the story of how the American Southwest came to be navigated, understood, and exploited. It will also highlight the different groups of people who have left their mark on the landscape, and in turn, how the mountains shaped their experiences.

Planning your summer? Our summer-at-a-glance schedule includes programs and events for families, history buffs, hikers, and beyond. Go here for more.

Historic walking tours will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm beginning June 4th.

Kids of all ages will once again be able to enjoy our sluice activity this summer – stay tuned for an exact date, but the program should be up in full swing by mid-June.

We are especially thrilled to announce our new, free, family-focused “Heritage Nights” series starting June 25th and continuing July 2nd, and July 9th at 5:30pm. Those reoccurring programs will take place at the museum and will give attendees an opportunity to try their hands at traditional crafts and skills. First up: leather stamping with the help of the San Miguel Basin 4H.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for our Telluride Dinner Party benefit on August 22nd and the return of “An Evening with Ken Burns” film screening and Q&A session on Sunday, August 25th, at the Palm Theatre.

None of the events would be possible without the incredible support of our members, donors, sponsors, and volunteers. We’re going need all the help we can get during this busy season.

If you’re interested in sponsoring, donating to, or volunteering for one of the upcoming programs or events please contact Director of Education and Outreach, Theresa Koenigsknecht at or call at 970-728-3344.

See you soon at your museum!


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