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Alferd Packer

November 3, 2017 - September 30, 2018

Solving One of the West’s Great Murder Mysteries David Bailey, Curator of History and Director of Western Investigations Team, will explain the complex forensic investigation of Alferd Packer and the notorious murder site in Lake City, Colorado. Packer, known as the Colorado Cannibal, was accused of killing and eating his traveling companions in 1874. Bailey’s ten-year historical quest and his discovery of new forensic evidence that solved Colorado’s most famous murder case. The exhibition will…

F.A.R.M.

June 16 @ 7:30 am - October 31 @ 12:00 pm

Wednesday and Saturday mornings from June 20 through October A farm and ranch market run by farmers and ranchers to bring high quality, local produce to the Grand Valley community. FARM works with the Museums of Western Colorado to celebrate the heritage of the past, while enjoying today's delicious harvest.

Alferd Packer Murder Mystery Tour

September 21 - September 22

Led by David Bailey, Director of Western Investigations Team Join us on a tour of the infamous Alferd Packer murder scene. Packer, the Colorado Cannibal, was accused of killing and eating his traveling companions in 1874. We’ll visit the location of Packer’s second camp as well as the murder scene. Bailey will explain how his ten-year historical quest and new forensic evidence found by Colorado Mesa University scientists cleared Packer of murder and solved Colorado’s…

Museum Day

September 22

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. Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018. Where will your curiosity lead you this Museum Day? Let us know @MuseumDay #MuseumDay Both…

Georgetown’s Fall Colors

September 28 - September 30

Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives Since its beginning as a mining camp in 1859, Georgetown has attracted those who have sought something very special. First it was the magic of gold and silver ore; now it’s the beauty and ambiance of this picturesque town surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Our tour will start with a ride on the historic Georgetown Loop followed by dinner at the…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 6

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 13

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Earth Science Week 2018

October 14 - October 20

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…

Protected: Dominguez Canyon Hike

Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., Museums of Western Colorado Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Dominguez Canyon as it winds out of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Witness the red-rock canyons, gentle waterfalls, and dramatic sandstone cliffs. View some of the most spectacular collections of Ute, Fremont, and Archaic rock art. This 8-mile round-trip hike into Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area starts at historic Bridgeport and goes up into Big Dominguez Canyon. Rated as moderate to strenuous. 

100+ Society Nominations Deadline

October 15

The Museums of Western Colorado and The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that they will be honoring organizations, agricultural establishments, and businesses that have served the Grand Valley area for at least 100 years. Criteria for recognition include enterprises that were started in and have continuously served the residents of Mesa County for 100 years or more. A reception will be held December 6, 5:30-7:00 pm, at the Museum of…

Oral History Program – October

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Out of Place and Time: Heritage Rendezvous 2018

October 19, 2018 - April 21, 2019

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 20

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Fall Day on the Farm

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us at our historic site as we celebrate the harvest. More information soon.   Sponsored by:

Geology and Heritage of Escalante Canyon

October 21

Bob Wick / Bureau of Land Management Led by Colorado Canyons Association Escalante Canyon, in Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, preserves an almost unbroken chain of human visitation and settlement dating back at least 800 years. On this tour, the CCA will take us to Escalante Canyon describing the geology of the region along the way. Once at the canyon, participants will examine Ute and Fremont petroglyphs, historic cabins, fascinating geology, and the only surviving waterwheel…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 27

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

KOOL 107.9 Monster Mash

October 31 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 FREE) and…

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering

November 2 - November 3

  Performer bios, photos, schedule and more about the event here! Afternoon sessions are FREE! Evening sessions $10/Adults; Kids under 12 are admitted free.

Authors’ Party 2018

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 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. The Authors’ Party is a great way to meet other writers and sell…

Oral History Program – November

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Charlie Steen, the Uranium King (Moab)

November 20

Andrew K. Steen / CC BY-SA 3.0 Led by Zebulon Miracle, Curator, Gateway Canyons Resort No one captures the rags-to-riches story of the Uranium Boom like Charlie Steen. Down to his last dollar, he struck it rich at the Mi Vida mine and became an icon in the industry and power player in Moab and Grand Junction. On this trip we will explore the story of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau and retrace Steen’s steps from…

100+ Society Reception 2018

December 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Museums of Western Colorado and The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that they will be honoring organizations, agricultural establishments, and businesses that have served the Grand Valley area for at least 100 years. Criteria for recognition include enterprises that were started in and have continuously served the residents of Mesa County for 100 years or more. A reception will be held December 6, 5:30-7:00 pm, at the Museum of…

Christmas Train Show

December 8 - December 9

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents... The 30th Annual Christmas Train Show December 8 and 9 December 15 and 16 December 22 and 23 December 29 and 30 10 am - 4 pm Admission: Child/$1; Adult/$4; Family/$7

Breakfast with Santa

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Holiday Lights on the River Walk: San Antonio

December 14 - December 18

Photo credit: TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., MWC Executive Director San Antonio annually hosts a month-long holiday celebration highlighted with lights, luminarias, carolers, and festivities along its famed River Walk. This 300-year old city, rich with history and excitement, knows how to bring in the Christmas season. This tour will enjoy the sights and sounds of San Antonio decked out in its holiday trimmings. In addition, we will take side tours of the beautiful…

Christmas Train Show

December 15 - December 16

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents... The 30th Annual Christmas Train Show December 8 and 9 December 15 and 16 December 22 and 23 December 29 and 30 10 am - 4 pm Admission: Child/$1; Adult/$4; Family/$7

Oral History Program – December

December 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Christmas Train Show

December 22 - December 23

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents... The 30th Annual Christmas Train Show December 8 and 9 December 15 and 16 December 22 and 23 December 29 and 30 10 am - 4 pm Admission: Child/$1; Adult/$4; Family/$7  

Christmas Train Show

December 29 - December 30

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents... The 30th Annual Christmas Train Show December 8 and 9 December 15 and 16 December 22 and 23 December 29 and 30 10 am - 4 pm Admission: Child/$1; Adult/$4; Family/$7  

6th Annual Heritage Awards

March 5, 2019

The Heritage Awards celebrate the contributions of community members toward fulfilling the Museum’s mission of discovering, preserving, and sharing the heritage of the Grand Valley. The MWC relies on others in the community, either in cooperation with the museum or individually, to help fulfill this very important mission. It is an honor and privilege for us to be able to recognize leaders and organizations who have contributed so significantly to the community’s heritage. For award…

Native American Arts Auction

March 30, 2019

More information to come

A Day in the Orchard

April 6, 2019

More information to come

Spring Day on the Farm

May 4, 2019

An annual favorite! Spring Day on the Farm started in 2010 to mark the season opening at Cross Orchards Historic Site. It’s a beautiful day with flowers blooming and orchard trees budding, good spring weather in the valley permitting. Celebrate spring!   More information to come

Open House and Free Day

May 11, 2019

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month with us with an Open House and Free Day at the Museum of the West! More information to come

Antique Truck Show

May 25, 2019

More information to come

Dinosaur Day

June 8, 2019

Dinosaur Day is our longest running event having started in 1987 at the old Dinosaur Valley site (the Reed Building, 4th and Main in Downtown Grand Junction). Over the years, the event has evolved (and changed locations), and is now held in June at our Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita.  More information to come

Summer Train Show

June 15, 2019

More information to come

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2019

August 16, 2019 - August 17, 2019

Chautauqua takes its name from a movement that began near Lake Chautauqua, New York, in the 1800s. It began with Sunday school teachers gathering for a week of study, but it became a touring program through which local communities could enjoy traveling speakers, politicians, plays, and music. Many communities still have the Chautauqua parks where these outdoor events were held, usually under a big tent. We’ve been told that at its height in 1924, Chautauqua…

Old Fossil Golf Tournament 2019

September 20, 2019

More information to come

Earth Science Week 2019

October 13, 2019 - October 19, 2019

More information to come

National Fossil Day 2019

October 16, 2019

More information to come

Fall Day on the Farm 2019

October 19, 2019

Celebrate the harvest with us at this annual favorite event! Experience wood stove cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking – just like it was done in the early 1900s. More information to come.

Monster Mash 2019

October 31, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

More information to come.

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering 2019

November 1, 2019 - November 2, 2019

More information to come.

Breakfast with Santa 2019

December 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This very popular event brings two things kids love together – dinosaurs and Santa! Enjoy a breakfast among the dinosaurs, seasonal entertainment, and a visit from Santa Claus! 

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