Museum at Home

Enjoy these virtual tours that highlight the items on display that make our museums special and the resources that make our region unique.  Each tour is led by our curators from Museum of the West, Dinosaur Journey, and Cross Orchards.  

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Curator of History David Bailey talks about the mud wagon stagecoach and what it would have been like to travel back in the Wild West and the history of the term “riding shotgun”.

https://youtu.be/OR_4ot4vNBI

Curator of History David Bailey tells us about the Buffalo Bill show coming to Grand Junction. Hear a story about two little boys who may have misspent their money, but still managed to see the big show

https://youtu.be/UZak0ypL1sk

Let Curator David Bailey take you back in history, to the time of the Little Bookcliff Railway. A narrow gauge railway operating in the Grand Valley from 1889-1925

https://youtu.be/p3u4YogtbZ4

Ever wondered what kind of rifles mountain men used in the 1700s? Curator of History David Bailey talks about the different innovations mountain men rifles made in the early years of the fur trade.

https://youtu.be/cNL6mIeDcx4

Curator of History David Bailey talks about the Winchester case in our Thrailkill firearm collection.

https://youtu.be/Gi9jVrKZuyY

Dr. Julia McHugh from  talks about what holotype fossils are and the discovery of  the dinosaur Mymorapelta.

https://youtu.be/N0mnw_C4Pf8

Dr. Julia McHugh from Museums of Western Colorado‚Äôs Dinosaur Journey, talks about the defense and offense of the Mymorapelta dinosaur!

https://youtu.be/SWmSVAVECb4

Our Curator of Education Stephanie Lukowski tells us about the unique and unprecedented finds during the 2010 Snowmass fossil excavation. Giving us insight into what life and climate would have been like in Colorado when Mastodons walked the earth.

https://youtu.be/dN9_zELRK4U

What do you think lived in the Grand Valley during the Ice Age? Curator of Education Stephanie Lukowski shows us some Ice Age fossils we have on display at Dinosaur Journey and talks about how these species differ from the fossils found up in the iconic Snowmass dig.

https://youtu.be/9xnUU3Y8LHw

Curator of Education Stephanie Lukowski talks about Ceratosaurus and the other prehistoric life found at the Fruita Paleo Area, part of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

https://youtu.be/qtFN0vLrAYk

Learn how scientists used meteorites to age the solar system, while Dr. Julia McHugh shows you meteorites on display at Dinosaur Journey.

https://youtu.be/iIG7DzV8_kY

Dr. Julia McHugh shows us the Fruitadens on display at Dinosaur Journey, and talks about the discovery of this very small species!

https://youtu.be/TpkQx6CRQgg

Curator of Education Stephanie Lukowski talks about the Saber-Tooth Cat found at the La Brea Tar Pits and other predators from the last Ice Age.

https://youtu.be/x9esPg0Exn4

Curator of Paleontology Dr. Julia McHugh talks about the findings from fossils collected at Mygatt-Moore Quarry and the research conducted by herself, Dr. Stephanie Drumheller (UT Knoxville), Miriam Kane (Colorado Mesa University), Anja Riedel (Colorado Mesa University), and Domenic D’Amore (Daemon College).

https://youtu.be/0fHhLFYpgtA

Dinosaur Journey Re-Opens today! And to celebrate we wanted to share a video of Dr. Julia McHugh talking amphibians. Ever noticed the large red rock base of Independence Monument?! Well, that’s the age rock these amazing creatures were discovered.

https://youtu.be/1fEqMTNJtEw

Curator of Cross Orchards Matt Darling, tells us a bit of the history behind what was once the largest fruit and land company in the valley.

https://youtu.be/vuOc_BCcCYE

Cross Orchards volunteer Kathy explains the origins of Victory Gardens and the place they can have for us today!

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Cross Orchards Curator Matt Darling tells us the history of the Uintah Railway.