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Museum of Western Colorado

– GJCAC Grant Recipient
Contact info:
Peter Booth, Ph.D., Executive Director
462 Ute Avenue
PO Box 20,000-5020
Grand Junction, CO 81502
p. 970-242-0971
f. 970-242-3960
info@westcomuseum.org
http://www.museumofwesternco.org
Year Founded: 1965

Areas of Concentration:

Historical, Heritage Org.

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Two Rivers Chautauqua's Young Chautauquan Apple Jubilee at Cross Orchards Dinosaur Journey TRex Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita

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The Museum of Western Colorado preserves Western Colorado history through exhibits and displays, programs, trips and tours, extensive educational programming, and a comprehensive research library.  The MWC mission is to inspire the community to preserve its heritage and tell its story. The MWC engages its audience through exhibitions, educational programming, research, and publications.

The Museums that are part of the MWC including:

~ The Museum of the West, Smith Observation Tower, & Lloyd Files Research Library at 4th and Ute - open May - September Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 12 to 4pm, and October - April Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 3pm and Sunday 12 to 4pm;
~ Cross Orchards Historical Site at 3073 F Road - open mid-April - October Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm, 970-434-9814;
~ Dinosaur Journay Museum at 550 Jurrassic Court (I-70 Exit 19) in Fruita, CO - open daily May - September 9am - 5pm and October - April Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, 970-858-7282  www.dinosaurjourney.org;
~ Riggs Hill and Rabbit Valley archeology sites 1-800-488-DINO (3466) www.dinodigs.org;

~ Whitman Education Center at 248 S. 4th St, a restored school - with offices and meeting facilities

MWC was incorporated in 1965 and originally housed in what was the old Whitman Elementary School.  In 1980, through a grass roots community effort, historic Cross Orchard farm was saved and given to the MWC. In 2000 the City of Grand Junction purchased the C. D. Smith Building at 5th and Ute Avenue and donated it to the MWC. That facility became the Museum of the West. Also in 2000, the MWC moved its paleontological exhibits and collection to Fruita and started Dinosaur Journey.


Since 1974, the MWC has been an American Alliance of Museums accredited institution.


 

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