To provide safe access to the Greeley History Museum for all—
- Do not visit the museum if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, have experienced an ‘exposure’ or been in ‘close contact’ with anyone experiencing symptoms or who is suspected to have/diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Practice social distancing (6 ft.).
- The City of Greeley’s COVID-19 response
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: Adaptation on the Plains,” and then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which include updated themes throughout 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.
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
Wednesday, Group Visits by Appointment
Closed on major holidays
Museum at Twilight
March 4, June 10, September 16, and December 9 4pm–6pm
$6 Seniors (60+)
$5 Youth (3-17)
$25 Family Rate (max. 2 adults and 4 youth)
$3 SNAP & EBT Card Holders
Members receive free admission. Join today!
Group Visits and
Entrance and Parking
The museum has two entrances on the north side of the building and an accessible entrance on the south side. Free 2-hour parking with the option to pay to stay is located north and south of the museum. Greeley is bicycle-friendly and there are 2 bicycle racks outside on the north side of the museum.
Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains
Visitors can explore the history of Greeley, including the formation of the Union Colony, the area’s agricultural heritage, water usage, and growth over time. Learn the stories of some of Northern Colorado’s most famous residents like “Rattlesnake” Kate Slaughterback, Nathan Cook Meeker and more!
Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields | Revolución en los Campos
Discover the compelling story of legendary activist and leader Dolores Huerta (b.1930) and the farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. It is a quintessentially American tale of struggle and sacrifice, of courage and victory.
The exhibition, which features bilingual text (English-Spanish), explores Huerta’s public life as an activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW), and what led her to become a Latina civil rights icon. In her life as a teacher, mother, communicator, organizer, lobbyist, and contract negotiator, her unparalleled leadership skills helped dramatically improve the lives of farm workers.
Exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. This exhibition received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Exhibit open September 14, 2023 through December 2, 2023.
Seven Symphonic Portraits: A Weld County Reflection
Composer Dylan Fixmer spent many long hours discovering the rich stories that make up Greeley and Weld County’s past and present. He traveled city streets, learned the landscape, met colorful characters, and researched the interviews held in the archives of the Greeley Museums. As he explored, music began to form in his mind. The resulting music he composed paints portraits of the people who have called Greeley and Weld County home. Broken into seven movements, the piece explores the hopes, dreams, struggles, and shortcomings that bind us all together in our search for utopia.
Fixmer also worked with the Greeley Museums staff to create a companion exhibit, which explores each of the seven themes through images and objects held in the Museums’ collections. Located in the Garden Level Lobby of the Greeley History Museum, visitors can discover the music and stories that make up this journey through our shared history. Exhibit opens November 16, 2023.
Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity: 35 Years and Building
It’s been 35 years since Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity began partnering with the community to build and improve houses for families in Weld County. Since its founding in 1987, volunteers have built over 165 homes and served more than 800 individuals in the county.
Located in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Greeley History Museum, visitors can learn about the development of Greeley’s neighborhoods, explore the difficulty of making housing decisions, and hear personal stories from Habitat homeowners. Exhibit opens June 22, 2023.
Viewfinder: Through the Lens of Time
At their most basic, the machines we call cameras all do the same thing. They capture light. In 1839, Louis-Jacques Mande Daguerre figured out how to transfer that light onto copper, allowing us to record and preserve images for the future. These amazing mechanisms go back nearly 200 years – and have continued to evolve ever since. Journey behind the lens and discover how cameras developed into the digital tools of today. Exhibit opens February 24, 2023.
Reporting from Greeley
Dedicated to the history of printing, this exhibit includes historic photos, stereotype mats, and turn-of-the-century printing equipment including an 1899 Chandler and Price treadle press. The building that houses the Greeley History Museum was originally built in 1929 for the Greeley Tribune.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in the galleries.
- No backpacks allowed in the galleries.
- Photography: Non-flash photography welcome except in special exhibitions. No tripods or selfie sticks allowed. Commercial photography allowed with prior permission from Museum Manager.
- City ordinance does not permit smoking, including electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices, in the museum or within 25 feet of any of the building entrances.
- No pets allowed. Service animals are welcome.
- Please silence electronic devices while in the museum.
The Greeley History Museum is part of Museums for All, offering reduced admission for individuals and families receiving food assistance. Present your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid ID at visitor services. Reduced admission is $3 per person for up to four individuals per EBT card. Welcome!