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Museum Of Western Colorado


About Us

The Museum of Western Colorado is headquartered in Grand Junction and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. We have several major facilities: The Museum of the West, Cross Orchards Historic Farm, Dinosaur Journey, History Museum/ Smith Educational Tower and the Whitman Education Center. The Loyd Files Research Library and the administrative offices are located in the Museum of the West. Riggs Hill, Dinosaur Hill and the Rabbit Valley Research Natural Area are the Museum’s outdoor sites.

In addition, the Museum of Western Colorado offers summer Dinosaur Excavations for youngsters and their families in the dinosaur-rich Morrison Formation near Fruita, Colorado. We are also home of the Western Investigations Team, solving some of the West's most interesting mysteries and questions.


Ashley Eaton

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
There were so many fun things to learn about. I liked all the native American artifacts. There is a fun mine you can walk through that even has sound effects. It was awesome to go up to the top of the building and look over the city. The story about the bandit was also really interesting. My kids loved it and want to go back so that's a good thing. Weeks later they still talk about it.

Dawn Heath

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Lots of interesting Colorado facts. I liked the different building interiors in the displays, especially the bar. A great break driving from Denver to Salt Lake City.

Jeff B

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
I'd have given it more stars but it is a bit small and a bunch of Colorado's history has been omitted I think due to that. BUT, they have some great history of the Utes and NA tribes of the area in general. There is an awesome collection of weaving bowls and pottery including some really rare pots/cauldrons. I was hoping for more mining stuff but a bunch on the Spanish exploration was included. My favorite was a collection of early metallic cartridge guns including colt army and an early Henry repeater. It is only $7 for an adult and if you like history you will find something there to make it money well spent.

brad turner

Monday, June 4, 2018
Very informative, wish they had a reduced entry fee. Stopped by for 25 minutes to see the artifacts with my father and brother and still had to pay full entry of $20 for the 3 of us. Content was good, cost is a little high in my opinion

Cortlynn Whittington

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Interesting and informative museum! Amazing views from the top of the building! It is definitely a must see in Mesa County!

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