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 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

714 8th Street, Greeley CO 80631

Hours

Wednesday-Saturday, 10am–4pm
Sunday, noon–4pm
Closed on major holidays

Admission:

$5 Adult
$3 Youth (3 to 17) & Seniors (60+)
$15 Family Rate (max. 2 adults and 4 youth)
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 7th Avenue, near the Greeley Chamber of Commerce. Greeley is bicycle-friendly and the museum provides 2 bicycle racks outside on the north side of the museum.

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.

Exhibitions

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 imaginative play in our kid-friendly section of the gallery.

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits

Located in the museum’s east gallery and created by the Museum of Danish America and presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits, “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” explores the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, and how those traditions came to the U.S. Also discover the stories of Scandinavian immigrants who made Weld County their home. Exhibit open February 2 through July 20, 2019.

The Dakan Perspective: Over a Century of Father & Son Photography

Located in the museum’s west gallery, visitors can explore over 100 years of photographic history of Northern Colorado through the work of father and son photographers Lew and Denny Dakan. From 1917 to 2017, their photos capture both nature and cities as they grew side by side. Over 75 photographs will be on display in the exhibit, but the museum houses over 1500 Lew Dakan photographs in its collections. You can view them at the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center on the lower level of the museum. Photography is not permitted in this special exhibition. Exhibit open March 15, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

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

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!

Policies

  • 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.

 

Visit Us!

Greeley History Museum

In May 1936, George Hodgson, former county commissioner and pioneer of Weld County, was appointed curator of the Meeker Museum to succeed A. B. Copeland who had died in March. During the interim, Mrs. Mary Geffs was acting curator. Mrs. Geffs, a historian in her own right and author of the book “Under Ten Flags, A History of Weld County, Colorado” took the Denver Post to task for a news dispatch they published from Ignacio. Buckskin Charlie, of the Ute Indian Tribe, had died and it stated that he was the leader of the party that rescued the women abducted during the so called “Meeker Massacre.” Geffs refuted the Buckskin Charlie statement with documented information and then asked the question, “why did the dispatch speak of the White River tragedy as a ‘so called’ massacre? What did it lack of the real thing?” The so called “Meeker Massacre” controversy is still relevant to today‘s historians with many different and justified points of view. The Hazel E. Johnson Archives has documents, books, and photographs encompassing this 1879 episode in Colorado’s history that has a direct link to Greeley.

Pictured: Josephine Meeker, Flora Ellen Price, and her children, Johnnie and May, after the Meeker Massacre and their release.
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