Greeley History Museum
The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, research and collections. Check out the museum’s main exhibit, “Utopia: Adaption of the Plains,” and then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which include updated themes several times each year. At the Greeley History Museum, artifacts, photographs and hands-on opportunities create a meaningful visitor experience.
In addition to exhibits, the lower level of the museum contains the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center, which has an impressive collection of documentary and photographic resources available for researchers, students and genealogists.
Check out Greeley History Museum’s gift shop, which includes books and items relevant to state and local history as well as our latest exhibits.
The building, originally built in 1929 for the Greeley Tribune, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and became home to the Greeley History Museum in 2005.
Greeley History Museum
Closed on major holidays
$3 Children (3 to 17) & Seniors (60+)
$15 Family Rate (max. 5 people)
Members receive free admission. Join today!
Our museum is handicap accessible, with a wheelchair ramp located on the south side building entrance. We also have an elevator.
Entrance and Parking
The museum has entrances on both the north and south side of the building, adjacent to three-hour parking lots. Overflow parking is located at the corner of 8th Street and 8th Avenue, near the Greeley Chamber of Commerce. Greeley is bicycle-friendly and the museum provides a bicycle rack outside on the north side of the museum, to the left of the north central entry doors.
Group Tours and Field Trips
The Greeley History Museum is located between Cheyenne, WY, and Denver, CO, making it the perfect destination for your next group tour or field trip. Whether you’re planning a day trip or an overnight, our museums can keep your group entertained. Let us help you customize your next group tour to Greeley.
Facility Rental Space
Reserve the Greeley History Museum Community Room for your next meeting. The room seats up to 50 people and features an adjacent kitchen with a refrigerator, freezer, oven, sink and microwave.
Over three floors of permanent and changing exhibits engage visitors through a variety of hands-on experiences.
Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains
Located in the museum’s main gallery, this exhibit highlights various areas of visual and audio interest. Visitors can learn about the formation of the Union Colony and see images and artifacts from Weld County’s earliest settlers. Learn the history of some of Northern Colorado’s most famous residents like “Rattlesnake” Kate Slaughterback, and see her original rattlesnake skin dress, Nathan Cook Meeker, Greeley’s founder who died in the Meeker Massacre, and more. Youngsters can enjoy imaginitive play in our kid-friendly section of the gallery.
Digging Deeper: An Archaeological Discovery
Visitors to the museum will be able to track their findings in their very own research guide as they discover archaeological clues throughout this prehistoric exhibition of mammoth proportions. Learn more about the nearby Dent archaeological site and check out real bones and artifacts from that local dig! Located in the Greeley History Museum’s East Gallery, the exhibition runs through August 13, 2017.
H2O Today: Our Global Water Story
Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it. “H2O Today” examines the diversity and challenges of global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology. Visitors to the museum can play water-related trivia, use an iPad to take a peek inside wastewater treatment, and play with a real treadle pump to see how the pump moves water over a water wheel. Local artifacts on display will include items related to the Greeley Ice and Storage Company, and a water clock used to measure water levels at the head gate for Union Colony Ditch No.3. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibition will be available locally from Saturday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Well Dressed in Weld
Over one-hundred years of Weld County Fashions are on display in the Greeley History Museum’s Upper Level Gallery. Fashion themes change throughout the year and in 2017 will include “Fur” and “Fun & Funky Florals.” Visitors will be able to feel different materials and examine different weaving, sewing and spinning methods, and dress up in historical reproduction clothing. Exhibition on display through 2018.
Made for the Tourist Trade
Westward expansion was driven, in large part, by railroad travel that took visitors from coast to coast quickly and conveniently. Along with that expansion came demand for Southwest Native American pieces sold to tourists. “Made for the Tourist Trade” is a collaboration between the University of Northern Colorado’s Anthropology Department and City of Greeley Museums staff and showcases nearly 20 pottery pieces originally housed in a university museum that closed in the 1980s. Located in the Greeley History Museum’s West Gallery, the exhibit runs through Dec. 3, 2017.
Reporting from Greeley
The building that houses the Greeley History Museum was originally built in 1929 for the Greeley Tribune and the lower level exhibit is dedicated to the history of printing. It includes historic photos, stereotype mats, and turn-of-the-century printing equipment including an 1899 Chandler and Price treadle press.
Curator’s Corner, located in the Greeley History Museum’s lower level, allows the public an opportunity to see items on display from the museum’s collection. The exhibit changes quarterly so it’s worth visiting the museum regularly to see the new material on display!
- Food and beverages not allowed in the galleries.
- Non-flash photography and video allowed except in special exhibitions.
- No tripods or selfie sticks.
- City ordinance does not permit smoking (tobacco or otherwise) in the museum or within 50 feet of any of the entrances.
- Please silence electronic devices.
- Appropriately marked service animals are allowed in the museum.
- Sketching for individuals with pencil on a 9”x12” or smaller hand-held pad is allowed during public hours in the main gallery. Sketching in special exhibition galleries is by permission only, subject to lender and gallery restrictions.