Centennial Village Museum
Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features over 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Visitors 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.
Living history demonstrations may include printing at the High Plains Post historic print shop, blacksmithing at the forge, rope-making, chuckwagon-style cooking, scrub board laundry techniques, corn shucking and grinding, food preparation on cast iron stoves, adobe horno cooking, and more.
Opened during the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets American western heritage in the Colorado high plains region over the last 150 years. Some of Weld County’s oldest structures are located in this museum.
In addition to living history demonstrations and tours led by interpreters in period clothing, Centennial Village boasts several annual special events. Visit the museum to explore, learn and participate in the past.
May 24 – September 1, 2019
*Hours for special events and programs may vary. Check out our calendar for special event information. Closed on major holidays.
Summer Season Admission:
$6 Seniors (60+)
$5 Youth (3 to 17)
$25 Family Rate (max. 2 adults and 4 youth)
Members of the Friends of the Greeley Museums receive free admission. Join today!
*Prices for special events and programs may vary.
Our museum is handicap accessible.
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Once onsite, dial 970-475-6217 from your mobile device for the audio tour or visit Greeley.Oncell.com for the visual, online tour. Offered in both English and Spanish, the tour is a great addition to the museum’s history and beauty.
Printed multi-language translations are also available for each of the museum’s historic structures. Just ask the front desk to access a copy.
Each part of Centennial Village tells a unique story as part of Weld County’s greater history.
Visit the early high plains interpretive area and meander along the museum’s eastern paths to explore the Cheyenne-Arapaho tipi and learn about cowboy life, cattle drives and chuck wagons. Explore the modern west with a tour through the Monfort family home with its “Cattle Tails and Trails” exhibit. Check out “Rattlesnake” Kate Slaughterback’s original one-room dwelling which interprets her unique life story and the encounter with rattlesnakes that brought her international fame.
The Immigrant Story
People from all over the world have come to live and work in Greeley and Weld County–the garden spot of Colorado. Experience the diverse cultures, traditions and challenges faced by northeastern Colorado’s pioneers whose dwellings tell the story of perseverance, industry, and settlement. Visit the Swedish-American Stuga, the German-Russian Shanty, and the Spanish Colony House, among other important historical homes located in the museum.
“Plain Living and High Thinking,” best characterizes the heart of the village with its turn-of-the-century homes and businesses. Practical and industrious citizens of northeastern Colorado made the arid plains blossom via irrigation to create successful and prosperous agricultural communities in this region of the west. Leisurely stroll through Centennial Village and visit early 20th century homes, businesses, and the 1917 Weld Centennial Church. Visit the museum’s heritage farm animals at the Centennial Barn, the manually operated historic presses at the print shop, and the fire station with its 1921 American LaFrance chain-driven fire engine.
Selma’s Store features a wide-range of merchandise including history books for all ages, cookbooks, kitchen items, tea sets, hand-painted china, and historic hats, aprons and pinafores. From unique children’s games and toys to Colorado and Weld County-related items, Selma’s Store is the perfect stop for souvenirs and gifts.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in the historical structures.
- 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, within the museum grounds or within 25 feet of any of the site entrances.
- No pets allowed. Service animals are welcome.
- Please silence electronic devices while in the museum.
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 or an overnight trip, our museum offers great educational and entertainment opportunities. Let us help customize your next tour experience in Greeley.
In addition, Centennial Village hosts the High Plains History Festival for grade school students in May and September. Advance registration is required to participate.
Facility Rental Space
Adjacent to Island Grove Regional Park, Centennial Village includes eight acres of architecturally unique structures and landscaped grounds and gardens. It’s the perfect venue for memorable events and stunning photos. Several buildings and areas are available for private weddings, anniversaries, reunions, group meetings, and more. The museum features both indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate groups of various sizes.
- 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.
In addition, outdoor photo opportunities abound on this eight acre historic site. Take advantage of unique building exteriors such as the red brick High Plains Post, the historic Carriage House, the 1910 Trolley, the 1871 cottonwood-log courthouse, and expansive lawns and gardens for stunning images you can’t capture anywhere else.
Weld Centennial Church
Originally constructed in the summer of 1917, this white historical church features beautiful stained glass windows, wood flooring, traditional wooden pews, and seats up to 50 people for an intimate wedding ceremony. Food is not permitted in the church and decorations must meet the museums preservation requirements. The building is wheelchair accessible and climate controlled based on weather.
1885 Hall House
This Italianate house is perfect for smaller gatherings and events. The Hall House will seat up to 20 people for meetings and luncheons, small receptions, etc.
The Friends of the Greeley Museums Pavilion
Adjacent to the Hall House, the Friends of the Greeley Museums Pavilion was built in 2016 and its charm adds convenience and comfort to any outdoor event. The pavilion seats up to 50 people comfortably for receptions or dinners and includes lighting for evening events and ample electrical hook-ups.
A spacious brick plaza, a gazebo, and surrounding gardens are ideal for outdoor weddings, receptions, picnics, etc. The 1885 gazebo originally covered Greeley’s first artesian well in downtown Lincoln Park and was moved to the museum in 1976. It is a popular and photogenic spot for concerts, programs and weddings.