Museum exhibits tell the story of ranch and farm life in Ouray County from the 1880s through the present time. Many exhibits feature individual ranch families and include donations made by those families. Included are tools, equipment, journals, photographs, clothing, furniture, and more.
Ranch families formed a close-knit community, helping each other out during fall roundup and branding and spring calving. Small schools educated ranch children, and families gathered for social events when time and work permitted. Food was fresh from the farm or from winter storage in the cellar and prepared from old family recipes where ingenuity was a main ingredient!
Where once the musuem had only two rooms, it now has ten, and each room tells a story.
The museum store sells books, cards, coffee mugs, clothing and other merchandise with a donation to the museum. Visit our Online Museum Store to learn more or to order online. A special commemorative Henry Rifle is available through the museum, in a limited, numbered edition. Contact Museum Director, Joan Chismire, for more information.
The museum is open Memorial Day through October 15th throughout the year. 10-4 on Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat., 11-3 on Sun., and Closed on Tue. and Thr. The museum is also open throughout the year to groups and individuals by appointment. For more information on Ranch Museum programs, membership, how to make donations, information about events, displays, and space availability, please contact the museum.