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Estes Park Museum

  • 200 4th St
  • Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Ph: (970) 586-6256
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Visitors of all ages are challenged in activities throughout the Main Gallery such as identifying animals living in the Rocky Mountains in Call of the Wild and returning magnetic cattle to their ranches in Pursuing the Wealth of Land. In Roads to Paradise visitors can examine a real 1909 model EX Stanley Steamer Runabout. Hear history from the locals through oral history recordings capturing accounts of the 2013 Colorado Flood in High Country Hazards or memories of Elkhorn Avenue (main street) from long-time residents in Changes from Then to Now. In the center of the Main Gallery, Stories Under the Stars is an inviting space for visitors to sit beside a glowing fire and listen to recorded stories from Estes Park pioneers. Then, enjoy viewing a vintage film of Estes Park in the Park Theatre. Step outside of the main building to explore two historical structures: the 1908 Cobb-Macdonald cabin and the National Park Service Headquarters Building. The cabin is typical of a turn-of- the- twentieth-century rustic home and displays modest furniture and decorations. The National Park Service Headquarters Building served as the center of affairs for Rocky Mountain National Park when it was downtown from 1915 to 1923. Today, the building hosts temporary exhibits. Beyond caring for over 30,000 artifacts (ranging from historic photographs to artwork to furniture), the Museum hosts numerous educational activities throughout the year and offers Downtown Walking Tours pointing out historic buildings in the summer.