The Museum cares for 30,000 objects that range from historic photographs, postcards, and archives to textiles, artwork, furniture, tools, and even a Stanley Steamer automobile. The Museum collection is available to the public for study and research. Search the Museum Collection online here.
If you have further inquiries regarding the Museum’s collection or Estes Park history that cannot be found on the online database, please contact the Curator of Collections. Requests for non-digitized material may take additional time, please allow at least two weeks for access to this material. Museum staff reserves the right to deny requests to view artifacts and archival materials if necessary, to preserve the integrity of the object.
Donations of Artifacts or Archives
The Estes Park Museum collects and preserves materials which establish or illustrate the unique history of Estes Park. The collection represents life, conditions, events, and activities relevant to Estes Park. Donations of historic objects and archives for the permanent collection are welcome. If you have any questions regarding the historic significance of a particular item or donation procedures please contact the Curator of Collections to set up an appointment.
Recently, the Estes Park Museum underwent a large-scale collections storage move of more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials from both on- and off-site storage to the Museum Annex. Simultaneously, the Museum underwent an interior remodel project to reorient the gallery in order to create a more welcome and cohesive visitor experience. Because of these major initiatives, the Museum must temporarily suspend acceptance of object, photograph, book, and archival donations until October 2019.
This temporary collecting suspension is necessary to:
- Ensure all artifacts are properly cleaned, stabilized, and rehoused in the new location.
- Allow Museum staff and volunteers to track and update computer records for each artifact; ensuring efficient public access to the collection, aligning with professional standards, Estes Park Museum policies, and mission statement.
- Allow the collection to be accessed, researched, refined, and tracked to make artifacts more accessible to the general public and staff for research purposes.
There are few things that capture a moment in history better than a photograph. The Estes Park Museum hosts a collection of around 10,000 (and growing) images in its historic photograph collection. Digital reproductions of these photographs are available for sale to individuals, groups, or for commercial publication. Search the photograph collection online and follow instructions to order images or contact the Curator of Collections for more information.
Digital Historic Newspaper Collection
The Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library with support from the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation Inc, in cooperation with the Estes Park Trail Gazette are working to provide high quality, word-searchable access to all years of the Trail Gazette. Currently, Estes Park newspapers from 1908 – 1945 are available online at Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.