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
2nd Thursday of each month, 4pm–8pm
$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!
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964
The Mexican Farm Labor Program, widely called the “Bracero Program”, began in 1942 and became the largest guest worker program in US history. Over 4 million Mexican men entered the US to work on short term labor contracts. Their contributions shaped future political, economic, and social climates of both countries. In this exhibit, visitors can follow in the footsteps of the braceros as they left their homes, traveled across the border, and performed important, but back-breaking work. The City of Greeley Museums and the Mexican American History Project- Greeley Committee are proud to present this co-curated exhibition, located in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Greeley History Museum.
“Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program” was organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. All photographs by Leonard Nadal. Exhibit open May 5, 2022 through May 13, 2023.
ReFashioned: Giving Objects a Second Life
Finding creative ways to reuse old and worn-out items is certainly not new. Since at least the early 1900s, slogans like “Make Do and Mend” have encouraged people across the country to use less for themselves, for others, and for the world. This exhibition celebrates the creative reuse of items, as well as the ingenuity of past Weld County residents. As you explore the variety of objects- from household goods to clothing to art- think about your own possessions…how might you give them a second life? Exhibit open August 4, 2022 through August 26, 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!