Home Discover Mesa County’s Rich Heritage The Museums of Western Colorado inspires and connects our community by championing the scientific and cultural heritage of the Colorado Plateau. join now 550 Jurassic Court | Fruita, COFossils from the Western Slope Dinosaur Journey It's Sunday 11:11 PM — Sorry, we're closed Monday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMTuesday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMWednesday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMThursday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMFriday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMSaturday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMSunday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM Admission Adults $9 | Kids $5 | Seniors – $7 Museum members admitted free Museums For All (EBT cardholders with ID will be admitted for free) 462 Ute Avenue | Grand Junction, COHistory, art, and archaeology from the Western Slope Museum of The West It's Sunday 11:11 PM — Sorry, we're closed MondayClosedTuesday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMWednesday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMThursday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMFriday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMSaturday10:00 AM — 4:00 PMSundayClosed Admission Adults $7 | Kids $4 | Seniors $6 Museum members admitted free Museums For All (EBT cardholders with ID will be admitted for free) 3073 F Road | Grand Junction, COA historic site exploring agriculture and railroads Cross Orchards It's Sunday 11:11 PM — Sorry, we're closed MondayClosedTuesdayClosedWednesdayClosedThursday9:00 AM — 3:00 PMFriday9:00 AM — 3:00 PMSaturday9:00 AM — 3:00 PMSundayClosed Admission Free for all! Donations are welcome. Ride-on-Train or Firetruck (Saturdays) $2.00 Children | $3.00 Adults Events! Dec 16, 2023 Christmas Train Show Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road Grand Junction, Colorado 81504 United States + Google Map $2.00 – $10.00 Find out more Dec 17, 2023 Christmas Train Show Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road Grand Junction, Colorado 81504 United States + Google Map $2.00 – $10.00 Find out more Dec 23, 2023 Christmas Train Show Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road Grand Junction, Colorado 81504 United States + Google Map $2.00 – $10.00 Find out more Load More More Special Events The leading museumon the Western Slope since 1965 Over time the museum has expanded to include three museums a wide range of fantastic programs. join now 20+ Educational Programs Field trips, outreach activities, and kits with ready-made lesson plans make it easy for educators to bring science and history to their classrooms. 200,000+ Artifacts Collections include art, history, archaeology, and paleontology from the Colorado Plateau. 10,500+ Online Access The number of objects accessible online grows frequently. Access images and information from anywhere! Western Colorado Stories Research Tips November 15, 2022 Broaden Your Search and Other Tips When searching the Museums of Western Colorado’s collections, some special tips will help you get better results, and find what… From Our Collections, Research Tips July 21, 2022 Research a Historic Home Researching a historic home — whether it’s one you own currently, or one you’re interested in for other reasons, can… History, In the Community, Museum of the West June 20, 2022 Juneteenth and Early Black Settlers in Colorado Written By: Christine Westermire – Museum Educator Even though Juneteenth was made a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, by… History January 20, 2022 The Aviators Who Launched The Aviation Industry in the Grand Valley By Jonathan Hamilton In 1978, United Airlines spokesman George Niemer said that, “the airline carries as many passengers to and… History September 9, 2021 Handy Chapel: A Treasured Piece of My Family History Written By: Christine Westermire At the corner of 2nd Street and White Avenue stands a building that is not only… History June 23, 2021 Where did it come from? Railroad Tie Mystery Solved Listen to a segment of KAFM’s community affairs hour where Kaia Michaelis and Libbie Early interview Matt Darling about this… More than Museums The Museums of Western Colorado also owns or helps manage multiple important paleontological sites. We encourage you to visit them with respect. Trail Brochures Riggs Hill This Museum-owned site is where Elmer Riggs found the Brachiosaurus in 1900. Explore this historic site and check out the geocache. Trail Through Time This trail includes the Mygatt-Moore Quarry, an active dinosaur quarry managed by the Museums of Western Colorado and the Bureau of Land Management. Hike the trail, or register for a Dinosaur Dig. Fruita Paleo Area Some of the first fossils in the MWC collection came from this special site, now famous for microfossils. Dinosaur Hill Elmer Riggs found an Apatosaurus here in 1901. Hiking trails help you explore this site jointly managed by MWC, the City of Fruita, and the Bureau of Land Management.