New Exhibit Opens in January at Dinosaur Journey

We are excited to announce the opening of a new exhibit at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita this January: Jurassic Giant. This exhibit features the largest, most complete Apatosaurus femur (thigh bone) ever found. This massive, 6’ 4” long femur was discovered at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry by museum volunteers during a dino dig in 2010. After five summers of excavation, years of preparation in the Dinosaur Journey Paleo Lab, and careful planning, this massive bone is … Read More

The Railroad Exhibits of Cross Orchards Historic Site

Rio Grande Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society The care and operation of the railroad exhibits at Cross Orchards are a joint venture between the Rio Grande Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society and Cross Orchards Historic Site. The Rio Grande chapter was founded in September 1977 and became an exhibit restoration partner in the mid-1980s. Uintah Railway Exhibit In 1904 the Gilson Asphalt Company founded the Uintah Railway. The goal of the … Read More

Colorado Gives Day, December 4

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Narrowing that focus locally, the Museums of Western Colorado has partnered with Grand Valley Gives, a collaboration of non–profit organizations in Mesa County, that participate in Colorado Gives Day. In 2017, the Museum partnered with Grand Valley Gives for the first time and raised $40,054. At a time when many individuals are looking for worthwhile causes to … Read More

Planned Giving

Leaving a Legacy to MWC The Museums of Western Colorado offers the experience of discovery to all ages, from children just beginning to engage in history to senior volunteers continuing a lifelong passion for knowledge. The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) has a proud responsibility of facilitating three distinctively different museum sites, each holding treasures of our past. The Museum of the West houses relics of our Western Slope heritage, Dinosaur Journey holds priceless fossils of … Read More

Western Writers of America

Curator of History David Bailey has been inducted into the Western Writers of America. Bailey was accepted as an active member because of his extensive collection of published material and work on the American West. Distinguished members include Rudolfo Anaya, Edward Abbey, Clint Eastwood, and historian Robert Utley. The group was founded in 1953 to promote writing about the American West and to bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders … Read More

Research Library and Archives News

The Loyd Files Research Library was recently gifted a family memoir and photobook from the family of John and Irena Moore.  John and Irena Moore settled in Grand Junction in 1889. John quickly became a prominent member of the Grand Junction community and soon became the manager of the Grand Junction Fruit Grower’s Association. In 1907, John and Irena bought a ranch in Bridgeport which originally grew apples, but soon switched to peaches. John became … Read More

Old Fossil Golf Tournament Update

On September 21, the Museums of Western Colorado and Family Health West hosted the Old Fossil Golf Tournament in collaboration with the Fruita Fall Festival. The tournament took place at Adobe Creek National Golf Course in Fruita. The weather was breezy and cool in the morning, but warmed up to be a fabulous day of golf for our participants. Many thanks to our title sponsors, Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services and Grand Junction Subaru. … Read More

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