Centennial Village Museum is an 8-acre living history experience featuring over 35 architecturally unique structures, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, beautifully landscaped grounds. Check out demonstrations at the High Plains Press historic print shop or blacksmithing at the real-working forge. Depending on the weekend or event there might be rope-making, corn shucking, maize grinding, tortilla making, chuckwagon cooking, old-fashioned laundry washing, or timber-working, to name a few. Step back in time and learn about the early pioneer settling of the western high plains, a time when grand houses, growing businesses, extensive prairies and agriculture were all a part of daily life.
Originally opened during the nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976, Centennial Village Museum sits on a major crossroads of American western history as it preserves life in the Colorado high plains region over the last 150 years. Some of the oldest structures in Weld County are located in this museum.
In addition to living history demonstrations and tours led by interpreters in period clothing, Centennial Village boasts several special events throughout the year. Visit the museum to explore, learn and participate in the past.
Join us for Baby Animal Days, April 20-30, 10am-3pm
Regular Season: May 26, 2017-September 3, 2017
Open: Friday-Saturday, 10am–4pm
*Hours for special events and programs may vary.
Closed on major holidays.
$6 Seniors (60+)
$5 Children (3 to 17)
$18 Family Rate (max. 5 people)
Members receive free admission. Join today!
*Prices for special events and programs may vary.
Our museum is handicap accessible.
Group Tours and Field Trips
Groups of ten or more can schedule a tour of Centennial Village. The 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 customize your next group tour to Greeley.
In addition, Centennial Village hosts the High Plains History Festival twice a year. Advance registration is required to participate.Request Information
Each part of Centennial Village tells a unique story as part of Weld County’s greater history.
The Prairie and Centennial Decade: 1866-76
Visit the “Great Buffalo Pasture” and discover the trails that crisscross the village and made settlement possible. Rest awhile at Charlie Goodnight’s cowboy camp or lasso a “steer.” Follow the trail over the bridge and visit the Cheyenne-Arapaho camp next to the creek. Learn the fascinating story of life on the plains. Explore the modern west by stopping at the Monfort House and exploring the “Cattle Tails and Trails” exhibit. You’ll also discover how Kate Slaughterback became “Rattlesnake Kate” and about some of the creatures that shaped early pioneer life.
Agricultural Heritage & Immigration: 1870-1940
Many “Newcomers to the Prairie” have made Greeley and Weld County their home. From the utopian ideals of Nathan Meeker to the sugar industry of the early 20th century, people from all over the world have come to work in the garden spot of Colorado. Experience the daily lives and challenges of the many people that have come to Northeastern Colorado, often bringing their culture and traditions with them. Experience the fully decorated homes that tell the story of perseverance, industry, and settlement.
The Developing West: 1880-1930
“Plain Living and High Thinking,” best characterizes the spirit of the village and its turn-of-the-century homes and businesses. Practical and industrious citizens of Northeastern Colorado made this region blossom from arid prairies into a model of agricultural prosperity and civility. Stroll the streets and village square and enter the homes and businesses of the “new west” at the dawn of the 1900s. Visit Centennial Village’s resident animals that occupy the Centennial Barn, see the printer run the latest addition of the High Plains Post, and know that the Hook and Ladder Company stands at the ready to respond to emergencies that threaten the developing town.
Selma’s Store features a wid-range of historically themed merchandise. These include historic books for all ages, cookbooks and kitchen items, delicate tea sets, hand-painted fine china, historic hats, aprons and pinafores, children’s games and toys, and other Colorado and Weld County-related items. The operator at Selma’s Store can be reached April through October at 970-350-9224. November through March, guests should call 970-350-9220 to learn more about the store.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in many of the historic structures.
- Still photography and video allowed. No lighted video, flash photography or tripods.
- City ordinance does not permit smoking in the museum or within 50 feet of any of the entrances.
- Please silence electronic devices.
- Appropriately marked service animals allowed in the Village.
Facility Rental Space
Adjacent to Island Grove Regional Park, Centennial Village includes acres of architecturally unique structures, landscaped grounds and gardens. It’s the perfect venue for memorable events and stunning photos and several buildings and areas are available for private weddings, anniversaries, reunions, group meetings, and more. Featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate groups of various sizes, it’s the perfect venue for your next event.
- On-site catering space is available; we can assist you in selecting a caterer or you may select your own. Alcohol must be arranged through our service provider.
- Please be aware that Centennial Village is an open-air museum and public use facility. Your event may be subject to weather and public spectators.
Weld Centennial Church
1885 Hall House
Please note: Centennial Village is an open-air public use facility that is subject to weather events.