Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

Are you passionate about supporting the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC)? Do you want to ensure that we continue our mission well into the future? Planned gifts help assure that MWC will remain a vibrant source of inspiration for generations to come. Your planned gift can support any aspect of MWC. This can include much needed capital improvements  to Dinosaur Journey, Cross Orchards Historic Site, Museum of the West, and the Loyd Files Research Library. … Read More

Grand Heritage Society (GHS)

For over 50 years, the Museums of Western Colorado has a cultural anchor in the Grand Valley and western Colorado. We continue to be a trailblazer in our approach to community engagement, and in recognizing our role in preserving and showcasing those aspects which define our community on many levels.  Becoming a Grand Heritage Society member is an easy way to increase the power of your support by providing critical funding required for staff and … Read More

Gone Fishing…

We were sad to say goodbye to our Head of Maintenance, Don Kerven, who retired from the Museum in June. Don has been with the Museum for over 20 years. He built the Uranium Mine and the bar in the Saloon exhibit at Museum of the West, he kept our robotic dinosaurs operational at Dinosaur Journey, he kept his eyes on our air conditioners, vehicles, roofs, boilers, and every other piece of mechanical equipment. Don … Read More

Cross Orchards’ Victory Garden

By Kathy Kimball The Victory Garden at Cross Orchards is a living exhibit that provides a look back into how families supplemented their food during World War II. This is the second season for the garden following a bountiful harvest from last year. Modifications to the garden from last year have resulted in a more diverse range of vegetables for 2019. This year spring and cool weather crops have been thriving with our cooler temperatures. … Read More

Specimen Cabinets Donated to Dinosaur Journey

Fifteen steel specimen cabinets were donated to the Dinosaur Journey Museum by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. During the renovations of collections spaces at DMNS, they had numerous used specimen cabinets available as surplus. Joe Sertich and James Hagadorn both reached out to our curator of paleontology, Julia McHugh, about donating a few to our museum. We heartily accepted. Although there is not much spare room in our own collections, we will be … Read More

Two Museum of the West Events-One Special Evening for Members

Museum of the West in Downtown Grand Junction June 13 • 5:30 pm Curator of History David Bailey will be signing his new book, Historic Mysteries of Western Colorado: Case Files from the Western Investigations Team, published by the History Press in Charleston, South Carolina. Bailey also serves as the Director of the Western Investigations Team and the book covers twelve different western mysteries the team has endeavored to solve using the latest scientific technology … Read More

Changing Times

They’re baaaacckkk! With a combined total of nearly 30 years of Museums of Western Colorado experience, there could be no better team to welcome back than Mike Perry and Kay Fiegel as we enter a time of transition and change. For those not familiar with these names… Mike Perry was our executive director from 1984-1990, and again from 2003-2013. Under his direction, the Museum continued to grow our sites from the one building regional history … Read More

Dinosaur Digs 2019

If you like to hike out in McInnis Canyons NCA, you might start to see some activity at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. In late May the Museums of Western Colorado prepares to open the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in Rabbit Valley for dig season. We work closely with the BLM to ensure the care and protection the site from fossil poaching, vandalism, and to keep winter and spring rain and melt from ponding in the quarry – causing … Read More

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

Planned gifts represent your life’s work and reflect your values. A planned gift communicates your legacy; it tells a story of what you hold most important in your life and community. Planned giving makes it possible for you to make a generous contribution while preserving or even enhancing your lifestyle. The Legacy Society recognizes those who have chosen to support the Museums of Western Colorado through their wills, estate plans, life income arrangements, and major planned … Read More

MWC’s Diner’s Club

Citrolas Italian Grill is showing their appreciation to the Museums of Western Colorado with a wonderful offer to our MWC members. Enjoy some of their delightful Italian cuisine, show your MWC membership card, and receive 20% off your entrée. You will find Citrolas at 759 Horizon. Special thanks to Kristi and John Citrola. Enjoy!!!