The Museum cares for 30,000 objects that range from historic photographs, postcards, and artwork to textiles, archives, furniture, tools and even a Stanley Steamer automobile. The Museum collections are available to the public for study and research; contact the Curator of Collections to set up an appointment or research the Museum Collection online here.
Donations of artifacts or archives
The Estes Park Museum collects and preserves materials which establish or illustrate the history of Estes Park. The collections represent life, conditions, events, and activities relevant to the history of Estes Park. Donations of historical objects and archives for the permanent collection are welcome. If you have anything you think the Museum would be interested in keeping or have questions about the potentially historical significance of an item, please contact the Curator of Collections to set up an appointment.
Recently, the Estes Park Museum was granted use of the Town of Estes Park’s building at 220 4th Street. This building will become a temporary location for collections storage, processing, and research. The initial steps of the move will take place in the upcoming months. Museum staff will relocate approximately 8,000 artifacts from a warehouse on Elm Road to the Museum Annex at 200 4th Street. Next will be relocation of the 22,000 artifacts currently stored at the Museum. During this process, the Museum must temporarily suspend acceptance of object, photograph, book and archive donations from March 1 through Dec. 31, 2018.
This temporary suspension is necessary to:
- Prepare for and complete the relocation of Museum collections to the temporary storage facility, allowing the collection to be assessed, refined, cared for and properly housed.
- Allow Museum staff and volunteers to track and update computer records for each artifact, ensuring efficient public access to the collection.
- Provide an opportunity for collections to be researched by staff and refined per professional standards, Estes Park Museum Collections policies, and institutional mission.
There are few things that capture a moment in history better than a photograph. The Estes Park Museum hosts a collection of 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.