Education and Events

The Museum hosts educational activities throughout the year. Tours of the Museum and the Historic Fall River Hydroplant may be arranged for groups of 10 or more people by contacting the Curator of Education. All programs take place at the Museum unless otherwise noted.

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Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Trivia Night throughout Museum Month at Rock Cut Brewing Company
Located in Piccadilly Square, 390 W Riverside Dr, Estes Park 
May is Museum Month! Test your knowledge on local landmarks and events at Trivia Night, every Tuesday at Rock Cut Brewing Company. There will be some general knowledge trivia as well Estes Park-specific questions written by the staff at the Estes Park Museum. Players and teams of all knowledge bases are welcome! The games begin at 7 p.m. but you may want to come early for a local libation.
Tuesday, May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m.

The Historic Fall River Hydroplant opens for season and kicks-off with children’s activities 

Families can participate in a fun and educational scavenger hunt and a historical portrayal of Mr. Stanley by actor Kurtis Kelly. These activities are ideal for children ages 5 to 12-years-old. No registration is required. The tour and scavenger hunt will take place from 2 – 2:45 p.m. and Kelly’s acting, including a puppet show, will follow.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to enrich their knowledge of local history this summer and visit the Historic Fall River Hydroplant. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hydroplant was completed in 1909 by F. O. Stanley to provide electric power to the Stanley Hotel. It not only provided electric power to the hotel, but was the exclusive source of electricity for the Town of Estes Park until the 1940s. An entertaining film of Comedian Jay Leno shows how to start a Stanley Steamer automobile and historical photographs illustrate Mr. Stanley’s time and legacy in Estes Park. At the Hydroplant, visitors can also learn about the 1982 Lawn Lake Flood disaster which permanently ceased operations at the site. Paint on the walls delineate where mud and debris wrecked the facility and a clock is preserved to the exact time the flood crashed into the building.  

Located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, hours are 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. daily, except Mondays through Sunday, September 3, 2017. Knowledgeable docents share the details of the Hydroplant’s fascinating story; don’t miss your chance to experience this local treasure! General admission is free.

Mondays and Tuesdays June - September
8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
Meet at the corner of MacGregor and Park Avenues in downtown Estes Park (near the Enos Mills sculpture in Bond Park)

The basic footprint of the town we know today put down roots over one hundred years ago. Stores you see today are buildings that started out as hotels, schools, and private homes. Discover the hidden past on a walking tour of downtown Estes Park with the knowledgeable and lively docents from the Estes Park Musuem. Participants will explore historical photographs from the Museum's collection to aid in comparing the past to the present.  
Identical tours are offered on Monday and Tuesday mornings (except July 4 and September 4) June 5 through September 19, 2017. Tours meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Northeast corner of Bond Park (next to the bronze Enos Mills Sculpture at MacGregor and Park Avenues) and begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. The tour group will walk west through town and return to the same site by 10:00 a.m. and travel a distance of 0.7 miles. The cost is $8, cash or check (payable to the Town of Estes Park). First come, first served; no reservations required. Space limited to about 12 people. 
Friday, June 23 from 4 - 6 p.m. 
We Three: The Story of Judge Allen, Susan M. Rebhan, and Mary E, Pierce - at Peace in Estes Park
Program takes place at the Estes Park Museum
Details TB
Thursday, June 29
Time TBA
People of the Peaks Series Kick-off: Mount Chapin 
Lecture takes place at the Estes Park Museum
Who was Mount Chapin named for and why?  Answer: Frederick Hastings Chapin (1852-1900), a wholesale druggist from Connecticut, who made several trips to Estes Park in the 1880s where together with Eastern friends and local cattleman William Hallett he climbed mountains. The result was the book, containing his own stunning black and white photographs, titled "Mountaineering in Colorado: The Peaks About Estes Park," published in Boston by the Appalachian Mountain Club in 1889. Chapin also visited Mesa Verde, where he became one of the first to photograph the recently-discovered Cliff Palace. The lecture by Historian Laureate Dr. James Pickering will discuss his life and times, focusing on the visits to Estes Park, and illustrated with Chapin’s own photographs.
Tuesday, July 4 
Time TBA
Coolest Car Show in Colorado
Event takes place at the Estes Park Events Complex located at 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park
Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m.

Cheley Camp Tour

Details TBA

Saturday, July 22 at 7 p.m. 

Cousin Estes 

Takes place at the Estes Park High School Auditorium

Cousin Estes is a musical docudrama that explores the roots and historic contribution of the Estes family from Italy and Scotland through 1875, and then beyond the grave by the ghost of Joel Estes. Each song in the play is supported by a video of the event that stands out in the American historic record. 
Joel Estes will introduce you to the Estes family members as they play their parts in the building of the nation in this American experience. Joel will introduce you to the Marquis Niccolo III d’este in Italy, Thomas Dixon in Scotland, Abraham Estes, the first Estes to come to America, Joel’s Grandfather and namesake Joel, who fought in the revolutionary war, Peter Estes, who followed Daniel Boone over “The Wilderness Trail,” and Joel’s interesting life with his family as they discover gold in the California Gold Rush of 1849, and also discovered and homesteaded Estes Park, Colorado.

Michael Estes Dixon is currently performing in the rock group “Trip Wire.” In addition to performing in rock and bluegrass bands, he has also pursued a solo career. Dixon has taken roles in community theater for productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and he wrote and performed the music for the production of “The Astral Plane.”  He is a versatile musician that plays Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Keyboards, Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone, Drums and other percussion instruments. 

For 20 years, Mike Estes Dixon researched his Estes family history.  Every time he found an interesting character, he wrote a song. This inspired Mike to execute a three-phase plan: create a new album about Estes Family members, make videos of all of the songs, and ultimately write a play to present the Estes family history.

Phase I was complete when Mike’s second album “Cousin Estes” was released in October, 2015.  He plays all of the instruments and sings all of the vocals. The play of the same title will debut in Estes Park on Saturday, July 22.

Tickets go on sale at the Museum beginning June 1. The cost to attend is $15 for Museum Members and $18 for non-members in advance or $20 the night of the production.

Saturday, August 5 from 9 - 11 a.m.

The Centennial 5K Walk/Run: Race to Save the Past

This race around beautiful Lake Estes starts and finishes at the Estes Park Visitor's Center located at 500 Big Thompson Avenue. The event will raise money for the future Collections & Research Facility at the Estes Park Museum seen from the course. Registration details. Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.

Thursday, August 31 from 3 - 4 p.m. 
People of the Peaks Series: Hayden's Surveys
Lecture takes place at the Estes Park Museum
Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden viewed Colorado as the next best place for mining and resource development for the United States following the Civil War, and his well-known survey created during the 1870s was intended to hasten that process. Tom Huber, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies selected nineteen of the exact spots where many of Hayden’s men sketched pen and ink drawings of the landscape before them. These nineteen spots and the total of twenty-eight drawings on which Huber did “repeat” photography constitute the chapters of his book “The Hayden’s Surveys Revisited”.  Join Professor Huber for an illustrated description of the geology, geography, history, and changes that have occurred including Longs Peak and the Saint Vrain Valley near Lyons and the unique character of each site since they were recorded in the 1870s. 
Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29
Times TBA
Creative Colorado TableSetting 2017
Event takes place at the YMCA of the Rockies in the Willome Building 
Contact the Museum:
200 Fourth St.
Estes Park, CO 80517