2016 Summer Workshops for Teens

Woodworking One hundred years ago, if you wanted toys, furniture, and tools than they had to be built by the experienced hands of a woodworker. Sign up now for this one-day workshop for your opportunity to learn this crucial skill. Your student will get the chance to learn the history and techniques of woodworking, and then put that knowledge into practice. This is a very unique occasion to learn and create wonderful homemade objects. This … Read More

Summer Camp at Cross Orchards Historic Site

Pioneer Kids Camp at Cross Orchards Discover! Experience! Learn! Unplug from the world of high tech and plug into the life in the early 1900s at Cross Orchards Historic Site. Hand-on activities include historic games, blacksmithing, heritage crafts, cooking (on a wood burning stove), carpentry, gold panning, and much more. Bring a sack lunch, water, hat, and sunscreen—and a sense of adventure to explore the life as a pioneer kid. Dates: 6/6–6/10       … Read More

The Museum Launches – I love my Museum Campaign

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) is launching an I Love My Museum campaign. This campaign is designed to educate the community and to inspire museum visitors and members to share their love of our institution with other community members and decision makers. Be on the look out for banners, signs, rallies, and other fun ways for you to share your love of MWC. In addition, we will be collecting “statements of love” from the … Read More

Experience Fruita’s Southside

The Dinosaur Journey Museum has been working with neighboring businesses to promote events, activities, and commerce south of Interstate 70 in Fruita. In addition to networking among the individual businesses, the group has formally organized themselves under the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce as the Southside Marketplace in 2016. The Southside Marketplace will host the third annual Family Fun Fair on July 3rd as a family-friendly festival preceding the city’s fireworks display at the James … Read More

Expansion of Cross Orchards’ G-Scale D&O Railroad

                    Next time you go out to Cross Orchards, check out the changes with the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club’s G-Scale Railroad—dubbed the D&O RR (Down in the Gully & Outside). The guys working on the layout, led by Ronald Senek, started adding more track in March. It has expanded with 168′ of new track. It is now double track all the way around to add … Read More

Summer 2016 at Dinosaur Journey Will Make Quite an Impact

Summers at Dinosaur Journey are always busy, but get ready, because this summer we are dialing up the impact. Summer 2016 kicks off with our special summer exhibit: Tyrannosaurus rex and the End of the “Age of Dinosaurs.” This exhibit will feature a life-size animatronic T. rex and explore the end of the Tyrant Lizard King’s reign on Earth. As T. rex roars above you in the exhibit hall, discover the apocalyptic end of the … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado Receives Grant to Improve and Expand

The Museums of Western Colorado have been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to make improvements to the collections facilities at Dinosaur Journey and Museum of the West. The Museums of Western Colorado is one of only a few institutions in Colorado designated as a Federal Repository for anthropological and paleontological resources recovered from BLM administered land. This grant will provide additional shelving and security for the BLM anthropological collections … Read More

The Museums of Western Colorado Grand Re-Opening

May 1, 2016 In October of 1965, members of the community came together and officially incorporated the Historical Museum and Institute of Western Colorado. Then six months later, on May 1st, 1966, they officially opened up the museum to the public. At the time, it was housed in the Whitman School Building. Eventually, the name was changed to the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC). To commemorate the original Grand Opening, we threw a 50th Anniversary … Read More

Cross Orchards Historic Site Welcomes Farm and Ranch Market

GRAND JUNCTION, CO – The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) and The Farm and Ranch Market (F.A.R.M.) are partnering to host the market at Cross Orchards Historic Site from June through October. Formerly held in the Teller Arms Shopping Center parking lot, F.A.R.M. will now take place at Cross Orchards every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to noon. “The Farm and Ranch Market would like to thank MWC and the many churches, businesses, … Read More

New Era for Replanting our Past

The New Year has come, and it brings a return to our past. Cross Orchards has not seen new trees in over 20 years. However, 2016 brings in new hope for our Museums. The first new apple trees to be replanted have now been ordered and shipped. They were received downtown the beginning of March and brought to Cross the next day. March 4th started a new Era for replanting our past. The trees that … Read More