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Museum of the West Open House and Free Day

May 12

May is National Museum Month! Celebrate YOUR museum by visiting us at Museum of the West!

On May 12, we will officially open the historic Placerville Post Office. The post office 1930s façade has been carefully restored and has a special viewing window where you can peer into the past and see the postmistress hard at work in the 1930s period postal room.

The new Western Investigations Team exhibit, Western Colorado Mysteries: Case Files from the Western Investigations Team (WIT), will include how the WIT team found Grand Junction town founder George Crawford’s lost ranch and includes the artifacts recovered at the site. Other WIT exhibit mysteries include the lost Masonic relic, finding a mysterious hidden safe in downtown Grand Junction, and the Jensen Tablet archaeology hoax.

New additions the Thrailkill Firearms Room will include Samuel Colt’s magnificent 1855 Colt revolving rifle and Kid Curry’s outlaw pistol display.

Museum exhibit and diorama builder Cecil Wilkinson’s new stagecoach display will be on view in the Western gallery.

There will be a gold coin scavenger hunt for the kids and light refreshments in the lobby. The Museum of the West will be back to our summer hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm), so come join us for our spring free day.


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Museum of the West (Downtown GJ)
462 Ute Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501 United States