Museum Collection

Research

**NOTE**:

The Estes Park Museum is in the process of moving approximately 8,000 objects from off-site storage to the Museum Annex. Simultaneously, the Museum is undergoing an interior remodel project to reorient the gallery in order to create a more welcome and cohesive visitor experience. During this process, the Museum must temporarily suspend services, research, and acceptance of object, photograph, book, and archival donations until October of 2019.

This temporary suspension is necessary to:

  1. Complete the relocation of Museum collections to the Museum Annex, allowing collections to be assessed, researched, refined, tracked, and properly housed.
  2. Allow Museum staff and volunteers to track and update computer records for each artifact, ensuring efficient public access to the collection, aligning professional standards, and Estes Park Museum policies and mission.
  3. Allow Museum staff to prepare and alter Museum spaces for the public.

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 collections are temporarily inaccessible due to a collections storage move and remodel. Most of the collection can be researched via the online catalog: research the Museum Collection online here. Exact facsimiles of material are limited until October 2019. 

Donations of artifacts or archives

Under normal operating circumstances, 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 potential historical significance of an item, please contact the Curator of Collections to set up an appointment.

Historic Photographs

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.

 

 
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200 Fourth St.
Estes Park, CO 80517
970-586-6256

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