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 Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun at or 970-577-3762. All programs take place at the Museum unless otherwise noted.

Museum staff will present outside of the facility on historical topics of interest for groups in the surrounding Estes Park area. To request a speaker for your next event please contact the Curator of Interpretation. 
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Estes Speaks:

Jim Detterline

November 23, 2019

2:00 p.m.

Estes Park Museum


On Saturday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. learn from the locals at the Estes Park Museum during the fall series, Estes Speaks. For the third of four oral histories, staff will be sharing the 2013 video interview of Dr. Jim Detterline (1956-2016). Interviewed by Bryon Hoerner, Detterline reflects on his time in Estes Park primarily describing his years climbing and serving as the Longs Peak Supervisory Climbing Ranger, earning the nickname, “Mr. Longs Peak.” Detterline was involved in more than 1,200 search and rescue missions, and recounts a couple of thrilling adventures. Program attendees will be invited to share stories related to the interviews after each program which will be moderated by Museum staff.

Starting in the late 1970s, Museum and Library staff began gathering interviews from local individuals.  Interviewing has continued up through the 2013 flood and a series in 2014 with prominent local climbers/mountaineers.  With a variety of topics and eras spanning across more than 150 interviews, the Museum has taken the platform to let those who experienced history tell it themselves.  Please join us as we explore the collection.

Now We Are Very Modern:

Estes Park during the 1920s

December 7, 2019

10:00 a.m.

Estes Park Museum

This December, the Estes Park Museum will feature a new temporary exhibit, “Now We Are Very Modern”: Estes Park during the 1920s. The exhibit explores the growth, changes, and challenges that Estes Park faced during the tumultuous decade of the 1920s. “Now We Are Very Modern” opens with a member’s only preview on the evening of Friday, December 6 and will open to the public on Saturday, December 7. The exhibit will be on display in the Historic Boyd Building on the Museum grounds through December 2020.

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200 Fourth St.
Estes Park, CO 80517