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Museum of the West

Travel Back in Time

Museum of the West exhibits

Do you want to find out about the real Wild West? 


The Museum of the West offers a thousand years of history that can be experienced. "Ride" in a stagecoach, "fly" a 1958 Cessna from Walker Field or gaze upon an ancient cup and ladle from the Anasazi. Study Ute and Fremont Rock Art, see the real firearms that outlaws used, sit in a one-room schoolhouse and visit the Pastime saloon to experience western Americana at its best.



There's So Much to See!

Our collections are extensive; the Museum of the West has exhibits to educate and entertain!

When you visit, be sure to check out the following:

Hopi KachinasImmersive Exhibits

Immersive exhibits remove the glass from between the visitor and the artifacts offering you opportunity to step into history.

Adobe LadleAdobe Pottery

Step into an adobe dwelling filled with one of the country's finest collections of Southwest pottery.


LaFrance Fire Truck

Crank the siren on a restored 1921 LaFrance fire truck parked outside the firehouse. Learn why Dalmatians are the firemen’s friend and examine the unique chain driven wheels of this one-of-a-kind truck.

Uranuim Mine

Uranium Mine

Go “underground” into full size uranium mine and examine a miner hard a work and learn about the Uranium Boom through interactive sound and exhibit stations.

Audio Stations

Audio stations, located throughout, teach the Ute language and take you time traveling in our historic phone booth.

Firearms Collection

Thrailkill Firearms Exhibits

The Thrailkill Collection is one of the West’s finest collections of firearms. This exhibit includes the Winchester collection, Civil War carbines and also features pistols and weapons from Chief Ouray, Buffalo Bill, the Butch Cassidy Gang and Kit Carson. 

Sterling T. Smith Education Tower

Sterling T. Smith Education Tower

The Sterling T. Smith Education Tower offers a 360° view of our impressive surrounding geography. Tower top displays include a working weather station, and provide information on downtown historic preservation efforts, regional archaeology and geology.


Loyd Files Research Library LogoLoyd Files Research Library

Connect to a wealth of historical, genealogical and natural history materials in the Loyd Files Research Library.



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462 Ute Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501


Summer Hours

May 1 - September 30

Monday - Saturday • 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday • Noon to 4 pm


Winter Hours

October 1 - April 30

Monday - Saturday • 10 am to 4 pm

Closed Sunday


Please note: All sites are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition sites may close for emergencies. Please call to confirm status.


$7 for adults

$6 for seniors

$4 for children

$20 for family groups

Free to members

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