The Museums of Western Colorado has the duty to preserve more than 100,000 items related to Mesa County’s cultural and scientific heritage, including historic documents, photographs, objects, works of art, paleontological specimens, and archaeological artifacts.
The Museum is currently prioritizing creation of an online collections search portal. Digitization is an on-going process but content is being added frequently.
Museums of Western Colorado Online Collections Portal
Tips on searching the Museums of Western Colorado’s collections
If you are interested in donating something to the Museum’s collection, please send us information through our donation inquiry form.
All aspects of collections, from acquisition, to care, to public use, to deaccessioning are governed by the museum’s board-approved collections management policy.
Collections Access and Use Form
Access to the Museum’s collections and reference libraries is granted on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Collections Manager. Requests must be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance, and must be for specific materials. Requests will be approved or denied after careful review of the following criteria:
- Support of the Museum’s mission;
- Availability of staff and Museum spaces;
- Security concerns for the preservation and well-being of the collection and storage areas;
- Availability and accessibility of the requested objects;
- Number of objects requested;
- Physical condition of the objects requested.
General research requests (such as “the history of water on the Western Slope”) cannot be accommodated. Researchers should narrow their topic based on published books, primary sources, and other materials that are available online or by visiting public or academic libraries to enable them to request specific materials.
Fees may be charged for staff time retrieving objects, and for supervising researchers.
Please complete the form below to begin your request.