Greeley History Museum
The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through exhibitions, programs, permanent collections and research and includes three floors of permanent and changing galleries. At the Greeley History Museum, artifacts, photographs and hands-on opportunities are used to create a meaningful visitor experience. 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.
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.
On the main level, visitors can browse a selection of items in the Greeley History Museum’s gift shop. The gift shop carries items relevant to Northern Colorado history and our latest exhibits.
Greeley History Museum
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm Sunday, noon – 4:30 pm 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 and informative learning 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. Children can dress up with hats and bonnets and build their own western fort with Lincoln Logs.
Well Dressed in Weld
One-hundred years of Weld County Fashions will be on display in the Greeley History Museum’s Upper Level Gallery, from Feb. 24 through Dec. 31, 2017. The exhibit features clothing and accessories and how they change from decade to decade, from 1870 to 1970. Exhibition themes change regularly and include various fashion themes such as evening wear, recreation and swimwear, fur trapper’s clothing and mourning attire. Visitors will be able to feel different materials and examine different weaving, sewing and spinning methods, and children can dress up in historical reproduction clothing.
Temperance on Tap
In 1920 the 18th amendment established the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States by declaring its production illegal. And although the amendment was repealed throughout the United States in 1933, the City of Greeley remained an alcohol-free city through 1969. What was temperance? How did it help shape Greeley and surrounding communities? And did the extension of prohibition in Greeley have a direct impact on today’s culture? These questions and more will be answered throughout this innovative exhibit that seeks to connect the past with the present. Located in the Greeley History Museum’s East Gallery, the exhibit runs from Mar. 12, 2016 through Sept. 15, 2016.
Is the Earth flat? Why do some trees lose their leaves in the winter? What is the web of nature? Charles Schulz touched on many aspects of the natural world during the nearly 50 years (1950-2000) he created the Peanuts comic strip. During the 1950s and 1960s, beloved characters including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy explored aspects of the natural world with wonder and delight, and their cockamamie understanding of the world around them afforded many opportunities to introduce readers of the strip to fun facts about the natural world. Peanuts…Naturally is a traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum that will appeal to visitors of all ages. The Greeley History Museum is delighted to host this exhibition from September 30, 2016 – January 8, 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.
Earth from Space
The Smithsonian Institution in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey has provided the Greeley History Museum with its traveling exhibition, Earth from Space. Located in the museum’s West Gallery, the exhibit runs Nov. 12, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016 and features beautifully detailed satellite images of the planet—from the swirling arms of a massive hurricane and the grid-like pattern of Kansas farmland to the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids and the sinuous channels entering the Arctic Ocean. Earth from Space illustrates how satellite imagery is gathered and used to expand mankind’s understanding of life on Earth. It also explores the remote-sensing technology used to gather the images and describes the individual satellites whose images are on display. Educators can access the exhibit’s companion website which contains additional images and information.
Curator’s Corner, located in the Greeley History Museum’s lower level, features top picks from various museum staff and allows the public an opportunity to see items on display from the museum’s research center and collection. The exhibit changes quarterly so it’s worth visiting the museum regularly to see the new material put on display!
>> Food and beverages not allowed in the galleries.
>> Still photography and video allowed except in special exhibition galleries.
>> Non-flash photography and video allowed.
>> No tripods or selfie sticks.
>> 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 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.