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Ute Indian Museum, Montrose

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Come celebrate the history and the living culture of Colorado’s longest continuous residents at the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado. The Museum welcomes visitors with a stunning new building and exhibition connecting the past with the contemporary Ute life and culture. New exhibitions focus on the Ute peoples’ history of adaptation and persistence, and unfold around a central theme of geography, highlighting significant locations in Ute history and Ute cultural survival, political self-determination, economic opportunity and the celebration of the Bear Dance.

The Ute Indian Museum was originally built in 1956 near the ranch of Uncompahgre leader, Chief Ouray, and his wife Chipeta. The Museum and grounds are recognized as a State Historical Monument and are listed in the national register of historic places. The grounds include Chief Ouray Memorial Park, Chipeta’s grave, and a native plants garden. The complex also includes shady picnic areas, walking paths, a memorial to the Spanish conquistadors who traveled through the area in 1776 and a link to the citywide trail system. The new Museum features an expanded gift shop offering authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, children’s gifts and books and new community spaces for events and programs.

GENERAL ADMISSION:

Adults- $6.00

Seniors (65+)- $5.00

Students (7-18)- $3.50

Children (6 & under)- FREE

History Colorado Members- FREE

Military Discounts

FREE PARKING
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  • Allow plenty of time to view the extensive exhibits displaying the history if the area. Then task a walk outside for more history on a walk through the grounds.  more »
  • This a a beautifully organized museum obviously built and furnished by enthusiastic Ute Indians with a passion to preserve their culture and history. There is an excellent video giving the overall sto...  more »
  • Stopped by a very quiet wintry Sunday. We were the only visitors for 30 minutes so never felt rushed sitting down and watching all the multi media presentations. I have visited a number of times since...  more »
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  • Had not been here in many years, we were quite surprised at the upgrade in the facility and collection. This is a must stop for Montrose, an excellent small museum to learn the history and culture of the Ute Indians. Allow one or two hours of time to view the extensive exhibits displaying the history of the area. Then take a walk outside for more history on a walk through the grounds. We were there in February, slow time of year, never felt rushed sitting down and watching all the multi media presentations. It's just $6 admission to experience a rich cultural adventure into the life and history of the UTE tribes. There's also a nice gift shop with beautiful jewelry at reasonable prices. We visited on February 17th, 2018.
  • Incredibly beautiful tribute to the Ute Indian Nation. Pictures, carvings, and stories that will captivate you. The carved eagle is ao real yoy can "feel" the feathers in your mind. Well worth the time!
  • Often overlooked by visitors to Montrose this is a nice museum, educational and fun. There is a nice park where you can have a picnic. Know your history.
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  • Recently expanded, it is very comprehensive on the Ute Indian history and culture. Very well done.
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