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The Museums of Western Colorado is the largest multi-disciplinary museum between Salt Lake City and Denver. Over the past fifty years we have grown to include three major museum facilities –   Cross Orchards Historic Site, Dinosaur Journey Museum, and the Museum of the West; a respected research library – the Loyd Files Research Library; and four active outdoor paleontology sites. We offer a multitude of programs featuring dinosaur expeditions, extensive educational programming, and historic and cultural trips and tours, ranging from local to international. Annually over 117,000 visitors participate in our programs and enjoy the facilities. This number includes approximately 17,000 western slope K-12 students who experience high-quality site tours, programs and outreach activities.


In 19alliance_emblem_fullcolor forweb71, we became the 28th museum in the nation to be accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), now known as the American Alliance of Museums. Periodic re-evaluation by AAM is required to maintain the prestigious designation, and regularly scheduled evaluations in 1982 and 1996 determined that the museum continually met or exceeded the highest professional standards and expectations. In August 2009, we were awarded our 4th accreditation, which places us in the top 1% of museums in the country.

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      Hi, We missed sending one out via email for the January/February issue, we have copies available to pick up at front desk of Museum of the West. But, we will have an email copy to send out for the March/April issue, I will make sure your email address is added to the list!

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      We are open to the public currently. Museum of the West is open Tues-Saturday 10-4. We do have some information about the Old Spanish Trail in our “Western Investigations Team” exhibits. We also will be hosting a trip with Bob Silbernagel spring 2021 to visit Old Spanish Trail sites. Watch Here: https://youtu.be/WAMRZMRQ438

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