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Our Mission Continues Because of You

The Crested Butte Museum’s mission is to preserve, share and celebrate 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.  With your support, time, membership and tax-deductible contributions, we can continue to fulfill our mission.

Memberships

Museum admission is FREE for you and a guest

Discounted rates for events, including our

weekly historic walking tours

10% discount on all Museum Store purchases

Be among the first to be notified about upcoming events

& ticket sales via members-only email announcements

Individual $25 / Family $50 / Supporter $100

Potbelly Stove Club

The Potbelly Stove Club constitutes the Crested Butte Museum’s leading supporters, provides crucial contributions to the museum’s collections, exhibits and education programs. Through an annual gift of $500 or more, Potbelly Stove Club contributors have increased access to the museum and the opportunity to connect with history in unique and stimulating ways.

Benefits for All Pot-Belly Stove Members

Annual Family Membership

Annual Family Membership

Themed Walking Tour Passes

Themed Walking Tour Passes

A Private Tour of the Museum & Collections

A Private Tour of the Museum & Collections

Attend Exhibit Pre-Opening Receptions

Attend Exhibit Pre-Opening Receptions

Listing on Our Website & Newsletter

Listing on Our Website & Newsletter

Additional Benefits

$500

Spark

+ 2 Historic Downtown
Walking Tour passes

$1000

Flame

+ 4 Historic Downtown
Walking Tour passes

+ A Supporter Hat

$2500

Glow

+ 6 Historic Downtown
Walking Tour passes

+ A Supporter Hat

$5000

Ember

+10 Historic Downtown
Walking Tour passes

+ A Supporter hat

+ A Private Dinner with the Executive Director

Member Nights at
the Museum

Our member contributions play a crucial role in making it possible for the Crested Butte Museum to continue its mission. Hosting member events allows us to show appreciation for our supporters and provides a way to bring the community along with Museum staff and board to enjoy drinks, apps, and each other’s company while celebrating our shared love for local history.

Donate to The Crested Butte Museum

The museum relies on the generosity of donors and members to strengthen the community through programs, exhibits, and the preservation of our shared history. We are grateful for individual and collective support, a genuine example of the culture of philanthropy in the Gunnison Valley.

Ways to Support

Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund provides fundamental support for every aspect of The Crested Butte Museum’s mission to preserve history and share stories with the community.

Monthly Giving

The perfect option for those who want to effortlessly support CBM’s mission, or those that wish to make continuous contributions throughout the year. Monthly giving is an easy way to make a large impact through automatic direct deductions.

Give to A Specific Fund
  • History At Home
  • Princess Theatre
  • Red Lady Films
  • Vandenbusche History of Crested Butte
Planned Giving

Demonstrate community-minded values and foster a lasting commitment to The Crested Butte Museum’s mission by making a planned gift.

A bequest is a simple planned gift to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to CBM as part of your estate plan. Giving in this way can generate a charitable estate tax deduction and substantial tax savings.

There are a variety of ways to donate, such as:

  • Life insurance
  • 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plans
  • Individual retirement accounts
  • Annuities
  • Living trusts
Memorial & Tribute

Make a gift to the museum in memory or honor of a friend or loved one, and share their legacy with the Crested Butte Museum community.

To make a memorial or tribute gift, include the person’s name when donating. The museum will then notify the party of family members that a gift has been made in his or her name.

All memorial or honorary gifts are directed to the Annual Fund unless otherwise instructed.

Business Sponsorship

The Crested Butte Museum has a variety of opportunities for businesses, both small and large to support Crested Butte’s past, present, and future. Business sponsorship is an investment in the region’s economic vitality, cultural ecosystem, and community vibrancy. 

General Operating

The amazing museum staff makes sure that there will continue to be a space to collect, preserve, and share the history of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley.  We are always looking for support in the day-to-day tasks that keep history alive.

Programs

From children’s programs and field trips to hosting live and online recorded historians, the museum creates educational experiences for all ages.  Help keep history accessible to all by sponsoring programming.

Events

The Museum hosts some of Crested Butte’s favorite events like the annual Black & White Ball, seasonal Pub Crawls, Movie Nights at the Museum and many more! Help us put on the best community events possible by becoming an official sponsor!

Learn more about Museum Events 

Exhibits

Curating and maintaining the stories that shape the history of our valley is one of the main functions that the museum serves for the community.  Exhibits are a vital component of sharing the knowledge and pieces from our collections to museum visitors.

Volunteer & Internships

Volunteer and become part of the museum family while sharing stories, preserving history and being an important resource to the community. Volunteers are crucial to Crested Butte Museum’s mission and work. Their skills, generosity and passion for history and community make the museum a richer and more responsive institution.

In return for their service, active volunteers receive great benefits including free admission to the museum,  20% off at the Museum store, learning opportunities and invitations to special events.

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Docent (June-Sept)

Docents have a wealth of knowledge and experience that enriches every visitors’ experience. Sharing those stories makes each visit special and unique while helping people connect with the town, the museum and its mission. Docents greet visitors to the museum and share information about the community and our history. Docents help us get through the busy summer season during the busiest parts of the day. This is a great opportunity to meet new people while getting to share local history.

Assist with the Collections (Year Round)

The museum receives an average of 1,000 items into the collections every year. To keep up with the amazing collections coming into our care, we need volunteers to help us catalog and inventory these items. Collections volunteers are trained to use our cataloging system and how to handle artifacts. If you like to be up close to history, this is the volunteer job for you!

Learn more about the Collections

Help Out at Museum Events (Year Round)

Events take a lot of people with many talents. The museum hosts many fun events throughout the year including the annual Black & White Ball, Historic Pub Crawls, Santa Night, Movie Nights, and speaker presentations. We are always in need of event support and greatly appreciate folks who like to have a good time while supporting their community.

Learn about Annual, Seasonal and Online Events! 

Museum Internships

The Crested Butte Museum is a local non-profit with the mission to preserve and share the unique cultural history of the Gunnison Valley.  We make the past a living part of the future.

As a museum intern, you will learn about the local history of the valley as well as other useful skill sets.

Please contact the curator at curator@crestedbuttemuseum.com for more information or to apply.