Fall 2022 Online Learning Series

Join Duane Vandenbusche for 8 episodes via Zoom on the thrilling history of Gunnison & Crested Butte.  Topics include mining, narrow gauge railroads, water, ranching, colorful characters, skiing, and major events that made the Gunnison Country the place to be throughout the course of history – with photos.  The episodes will cover the following subjects, in no particular order:

  • Denver & Rio Grande & Denver South Park Pacific Railroads
  • Gunnison – Ranching, Smelters, and Railroads
  • Ranching in the Gunnison Country
  • Crested Butte and Coal
  • Skiing History in the Gunnison Country
  • Gold and Silver Camps
  • Utes, Spain, Fur Trade, Placer Miners, Great Surveys, Early Entrants
  • Mountain Academia, Western State College, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

This is a free series, however we encourage making a donation in order to keep these programs accessible to everyone.

View the previously recorded episodes here

*Please note that it sometimes takes up to a week to upload the most recent episode to our YouTube channel.  Thank you for your patience!

Colorado Gives Day Open House


Come mix and mingle with the Crested Butte Museum and Crested Butte Land Trust to learn about what our organizations do, both collaboratively and seperately.  Enjoy free exhibit entry, a hot cocoa bar, and sweet treats on this day of giving!


Open for the Off-Season!

Hours Through December 15th

Open Thursday – Sunday, 11am-5pm

Closed Monday – Wednesday


Discover Local Gifts!

We have lots of unique items in our gift shop for your loved ones at any age!  You can find everything from drinkware to CB Museum hats, sweatshirts, tea towels, jewelry, games, toys, and so much more.  And, why not come pick out your 2022 tree ornament while you’re shopping too?

This is a free community event.  Come explore our gift shop to get ideas to let Santa know what you’d like for the holidays.  There will be complimentary treats and hot cocoa, cookie decorating, plus another holiday craft to enjoy!


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The Crested Butte Museum preserves, shares, and celebrates the history and traditions of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley.  Through engaging educational and cultural experiences, the museum connects people to the past, the place, and each other.  We invite you to visit the museum to explore our exhibits, attend a historic walking tour of Elk Avenue, join an educational event, or experience the museum at home through our history at home recordings and more.

Upcoming Events


Our Collections


Walking Tours

The Museum Store

Your Donations & Membership Help us Further Our Mission

Your support makes it possible for the Crested Butte Museum to create educational programming for all ages, preserve our historical collections, and maintain our exhibits.  Together, we can inspire wonder in our past by preserving the history of Crested Butte and Gunnison Valley.

Museum Membership Benefits

  • Museum admission is free for you and 1 guest


  • Discounted rates for Museum events (including historic downtown walking tours!)
  • 10% Off on All Museum Store Purchases


  • Invites to Exclusive Member Events & Online Content


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