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Upcoming Events

    We're Open!

    Sunday-Thursday - 11am to 5pm
    Friday & Saturday - 11am to 6pm

    The Museum will be closed for off-season the following dates: April 5th-May 16th

    We're Hiring!
    Museum Executive Director

    The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is hiring a full time year-round Executive Director to further our mission and strategic plan by leading the Museum’s operations, fiscal management, human resources, fundraising, membership, community relations, programming and marketing. We are seeking a highly organized, creative team player who enjoys wearing many hats. Required qualifications: a relevant bachelor's degree and 3-5 years work in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating ability required to support a non-profit organization and manage a small museum and museum store. This is a full time, salaried position, salary range $45,000-$55,000 DOE, and requires some weekend and evening hours. Please email your cover letter, resume and any questions to cbmuseumjobs@gmail.com

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    Wednesday, March 31, 7pm

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    The History of the Monarch Valley

    Jan. 27th- An online event with Duane Vandenbusche

    Watch the video here

    The Holiday History Raffle

    The Holiday History Raffle drawing took place on Wednesday, December 30th. Thank you for supporting the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. To see this year's winners, click here.

    History of The Crested Butte Area with Duane Vandenbusche

    An online series beginning Thursday, January 28th.

    Learn More or Register here

    Watch Past Events Here 

    History At Home!

    The Museum is hosting "History at Home," a virtual speaker series exploring different themes from Colorado and local history. Join us October through March, every Thursday at 7 pm for an hour of virtual presentations, discussions, and panels.


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    Watch Past Webinars Here






    Duane Vandenbusche Named Official CO State Historian!

    Read the Press Release from History Colorado

    Watch Past Gunnison Country Webinars with Duane Vandenbusche! 

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    Watch past Preservation Speaker Series Videos!


    The Railroad depot             

    County Projects

    The City of Gunnison

    Tony's Conoco

    Living History


    Like communities large and small around the world, the people of Crested Butte are living through a once-in-a-generation event. A global pandemic found its way into our home at the end of the road faster and more furiously than anyone expected. Its impacts are already so far reaching—and still we can only speculate as to what the near and distant future holds.

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    The 2020 Hart Award For Historic Preservation

    Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum executive director Shelley Popke, Form + Works Design Group architect Jessica Reske, and MB Builders general contractor Kevin Donovan were awarded the 2020 Stephen H. Hart Award for Historic Preservation at the Saving Places Conference in Denver on January 31, 2020.  They were recognized for their work preserving the Museum’s home, affectionately known as Tony’s Conoco. The Hart Awards, named after Colorado’s first State Historic Preservation Officer, are History Colorado’s premier celebration of archaeology and preservation projects worthy of statewide recognition. The Museum is grateful to History Colorado for recognizing our preservation efforts through this esteemed award and to our generous donors for supporting our Preserve Tony’s capital campaign. Stop by the Museum at 4th and Elk to view our exhibit about this preservation project and see the work first hand. Together, we can make the past a living part of the future!

    We invite those who also share in these memories to come and join the conversation to share stories of your own. The Museum encourages the audience to come with questions and stories to help us truly understand how the 1970s laid the foundation for the community we know today.

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    Black & Not Right Now Ball

    Watch a recording of the live event on Facebook!


    Thanks to a generous grant from the Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Rotary Club, the Museum was able to upgrade our digital recording equipment and increase our collection of oral histories for community members.  Also, thanks to a grant from the Crested Butte Creative District the Museum hired two video editors to create ten short videos about the history of Crested Butte. To view samples of these oral histories and the short videos, go to our Vimeo page and Facebook page.  Share your stories with us!  Call the Museum at 970-349-1880 to schedule an interview.

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    Fun Facts about Crested Butte



    A perfect slope

    Crested Butte Mountain rises to 12,162 feet (3,707 m) above sea level. The ski area base is at 9,375 feet. Crested Butte Mountain Resort features 15 chairlifts that offer access to 1,547 acres of inbounds terrain. Additionally, CBMR has 542 acres of Extreme Limits double black diamond terrain. The large amount of extreme skiing terrain at Crested Butte has attracted the US Extreme Skiing Championships and the X Games.

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    Famous Mountain Biking

    Crested Butte played a key part in the birth of mountain biking. Some people debate whether the sport started in California or the mountains of Colorado. But, we're proud of our mountain bike heritage and celebrate it with our mountain bike exhibit that plays tribute to local legends and their achievements on two wheels.

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    Mine Craft

    Long before Crested Butte became known for skiing, mountain biking, and wildflowers, it was home to a thriving community of miners. Preserving the history of the people who worked the hard life in the mines is a key reason the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum exists.

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    Flauschink Spring Festival

    Even if it takes a made-up holiday, Crested Butte residents always find an excuse to party. Join Crested Butte residents as they flush out winter and welcome spring over the closing weekend at the ski resort. If you can't visit us that weekend, check out the museum's Flauschink exhibit to explore the history of this unique holiday.

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    EIN # is 87-212946