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Museum Day: A Three-Day Affair

The Telluride Historical Museum joins 1,000 museums across the country in celebrating Museum Day with free admission and extra special programming.


Americans have long revered Museums as cultural and community centers. Practically a right of passage, school children visit by the bus load each year. Couples with clasped hands find reprieve on rainy days. Retirees and veterans often jog their own memories and tourists seek to soak in the local scene. The Telluride Historical Museum is no exception, attracting over 7,000 people annually with exhibits and programming. The fact the building, once the Miner’s Hospital built in 1896, even stands today (condemned and ripe for demolition in the 1990’s), speaks volumes to a community’s resolve to honor and celebrate a shared heritage.

Museum Day, a nationwide Smithsonian magazine initiative designed to drive traffic to participating museums with free admission, commemorates that very spirit of community and preservation in Telluride. The Telluride Historical Museum is celebrating three ways in three days.

First, the museum and the Wilkinson Library, in collaboration with the Smithsonian, will offer a free screening of the “The Soul of a People,” a revealing film that explores the story of the writers and photographers who captured the essence of the American people during the Great Depression, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, at the Wilkinson Public Library. 

Second, on Saturday, September 26, celebrate Museum Day with free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Telluride Historical Museum. 

Finally, join Andrea Benda for a Lone Tree Cemetery Tour at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 27.


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