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The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is now Open for the Summer!
10am to 6pm daily

Step back in time and experience the heritage that makes Crested Butte so distinctive at The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.  In the center of historic Crested Butte, we have transformed "The Hardware" or "Tony's Conoco" into the town's only historic repository. 

Our Museum Exhibits explore coal mining in Crested Butte from the early 1880's to the 1950's and the long history of skiing in the Gunnison Valley.  Guests can investigate everday life of "Crested Buttians" in our Home Life Exhibit and the Betty Spehar Children's Exhibit, as well as wacky, local celebrations like Flauschink.  The model town and railroad has been elected the most popular exhibit at the Crested Butte Museum, complete with distinctive buildings along Elk AvenueThe Big Mine, the Denver & Rio Grande railroad, and infamous buildings like the Old Rock Schoolhouse, Kochevar's and the Forest Queen.  And, of course, the Museum would be incomplete without the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. 

Be sure to visit the Museum Store, featuring photo reproductions from Crested Butte's history, books, childrens' toys, garden and home decor, and gifts to please your family and friends at home.    

Come sit by the potbelly stove and reminisce about the old days of Crested Butte, or recall Hardware Store merchandise from the past...we've left the shelves as they were when Tony Mihelich closed the doors.  From ceiling to floor, and everything in between, our Museum should certainly be on your list of things to do in Crested Butte.  And, our Museum is fully wheelchair accessible!


Ellen Dobbin Book Signing at the Museum

July 22nd

The Man Who Stayed, Garwood Hall Judd - The Diary
Ellen will give a short presentation at 5:30 about the process of transcribing and preparing Garwood Hall Judd's Diary for publication:
Ellen Dobbin worked for many years around the world with the United States She has a Ph.D. in history with a specialty in Russia and the Balkans. A tour of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory at Gothic in 2010 piqued her interest in the history of the organization and its ties with the community, starting her on the road to recording and writing that history (a work in progress). Along the way, a casual offer to allow her to see the Diary of Garwood Hall Judd led to her transcribing it and preparing it for publication. She and her husband spend their time between their homes in Colorado and Florida.

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Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum :: 331 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, CO 81224 :: 970-349-1880