US Bank’s Fifth Annual Heritage Rendezvous

Out of Place and Time: Unusual and Strange Artifacts Found in Institutional Collections  We are looking forward to our fifth annual Heritage Rendezvous sponsored by U.S. Bank. The Museum of the West will again be hosting this annual tradition celebrating the unique heritage of the Western Slope.  This year’s theme is Out of Place and Time: Unusual and Strange Artifacts Found in Institutional Collections. The artifacts in the exhibition include a prayer bell encapsulated by … Read More

Monster Mash 2018

Fall has arrived! It’s time for pumpkins, apple cider, and ghost and goblins! Halloween is coming soon, and what better monsters to trick or treat with than the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. Zane Matthews and the rest of the party crew from KOOL 107.9 will help us host Monster Mash 2018 at Dinosaur Journey on Wednesday, October 31 from 4:00-7:00 pm. Kids and parents can tour the dinosaur exhibits after hours (admission is … Read More

New Education and Volunteer Coordinator

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) is proud to introduce our new Education and Volunteer Coordinator—Stephanie Lukowski It was a difficult choice with several very qualified candidates. We even had applications coming from as far away as Argentina and Cyprus. Stephanie rose to the top and her skills and experience as an educator will be a very valuable asset for our museum.  Stephanie is a paleontologist and museum educator who comes to us from the … Read More

Calling all Authors and Book Aficionados!

Museum  of the West’s Annual Authors’ Party November 10 • 10 am-2 pm The Museum of the West, a division of the Museums of Western Colorado, is hosting our annual Authors’ Party and book signing event, featuring the best of regional authors, on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm, in the Museum of the West lobby. We are looking for regional authors with recently published books to come to our event. … Read More

The Care of Robotic Dinosaurs

“Necessity is the mother of invention” – Plato. This is what came to mind after interviewing Don Kerven,employee of the Museums of Western Colorado for 20 years. Due to necessity when faced with budget restrictions throughout his career, Don has used his creativity to maintain what Dinosaur Journey is today. Joining the Museum in 1998, Don started his employment at the downtown Museum of the West while undergoing its large remodel. From the beginning, Don … Read More

Rocks & Rollin’ to Fruita

In July, the Museums of Western Colorado moved the geology collection from the Museum of the West in downtown Grand Junction to Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. The collection consists of beautiful minerals, drill cores, petrified wood, and ore and rock samples. The task was a large undertaking, as the collection was quite extensive. Transfer of the specimens was undertaken by curator of paleontology Dr. Julia McHugh, MWC paleontology field crew Casey Dooms and Tom Buskuskie, … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight – Jim Osborn

Here at Cross Orchards Historic Site we have been very lucky to have in our volunteer corps a retired professional painter, Jim Osborn. In early May, Jim offered to paint both the gallery building (previously the Country Store) at Cross and the clubhouse of our partners, the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club, for free. With such a rare and priceless opportunity, we had to say YES! The GVMRRC quickly agreed to pay for their portion … Read More

Gift Shop News – Fall 2018

Artist Rick Adleman grew up reading all about dinosaurs. In his youth, he became hooked when, in the 4th grade, Vivian Jones spoke to his class about the discovery of “Dry Mesa Quarry,” and he has been passionate about dinosaurs ever since.    While attending Colorado Mesa University in the 1980s, Rick pursued his passion and became involved with Dinosaur Valley on Main Street. Under the mentorship of then Executive Director Mike Perry and paleontologist Harley Armstrong, Rick worked in the lab … Read More

Museum Day 2018

For the second year, we are excited to be part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual program, Museum Day! Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Get your two free tickets for Dinosaur Journey and Museum of the … Read More

Earth Science Week 2018

The Museums of Western Colorado, Colorado Canyons Association, Colorado National Monument, and Eureka! McConnell Science Museum have teamed up to bring you a week-long series of educational experiences to the Grand Valley for this year’s Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018). Earth Science Week was established in 1998 by the American Geosciences Institute to promote education and outreach. This year’s theme for Earth Science Week is “Earth as Inspiration.” A variety of FREE, public activities … Read More