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Temporary Exhibits

The Museum hosts temporary exhibits on an annual basis.  These exhibits are displayed in the National Park Service Headquarters Building on Museum grounds. 


Sanzen pine trees      
Sandzén in Estes Park

SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 - AUGUST 3, 2014


Estes Park celebrated the arrival of Swedish artist Birger Sandzén (1871 – 1954) in 1925, when he helped establish and teach for a branch of Denver’s Chapell School of Art. Sandzén was fascinated by the challenges of depicting the beautiful local landscape, and would continue to summer in Estes Park until his death in 1954. Discover how the renowned artist, often referred to as “America’s Van Gogh,” inspired the community of Estes Park artists with his enthusiasm for art enrichment. The temporary exhibit Sandzén in Estes Park will feature paintings and graphics of the mountainscapes for which Sandzén became so well-known.


Climb On

Climb On!

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 - OCTOBER 4, 2015

In Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary


Experience the vertical side of Estes Park, home to some of the nation’s most spectacular rock climbing. Granite boulders, sub-alpine crags, and high mountain walls make the Estes valley and surrounding high peaks a world class training ground for elite and amateur climbers alike. Learn about ascending rocky terrain and how individuals pioneered local routes that pushed the limits of gravity.


In the "Artists' Inspirations" section of the Main Gallery, "Gripped" is a photography exhibit that captures local bouldering in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.