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How do I contact someone at the museum?

Call us during our hours of operation at 970-325-4576 or e-mail us at

Can I take photographs inside the museum?

Photographs are allowed, but no video and no flash please.

How big is your museum?

The museum is housed in a three-story building, built in 1887, that was originally the Ouray Miner's Hospital. The museum has more than 30 rooms with countless exhibits including recreated hospital rooms, a simulated mine, mineral room, two outside cabins and a barn.

What types of exhibits will we see in the museum?

Our exhibits display artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia related to the history of Ouray and surrounding region. Themes include mining, ranching, railroading, and daily life from the 1870's through the post-World War II era. In addition, we present several special exhibits per season.

Does the museum offer any retail items for sale?

We have a bookstore that offers a variety of excellent books on topics related to western Colorado history, geology, and recreational activities. We also sell maps, posters, note cards, postcards, and collectables. Some of our books may be ordered through our website. Visit the Store page for more information.

How do I become a member of the Ouray County Historical Society?

You can find membership information on our Support page.

Is the Museum accessible for people with disabilities?

Our main floor and lower level are wheelchair accessible. Since our historic building is not equipped with an elevator, the upper level is accessible only by stairways. Strollers are allowed in the museum.

Are your research and historic photo archives open to the public?

No, but our archivist will conduct research and photo searches upon request. Please refer to the "Archives" page for more information and the fee schedule. 

How do I become a volunteer at the museum?

We are always looking for volunteers! Please call the museum during hours of operation to speak with a staff person about volunteer opportunities.

How do I contact someone at the museum?

The OCHS offers an Evenings of History lecture series during the summer and many other educational events throughout each season. The organization also works to stabilize historic structures throughout Ouray County. Check out our Events page for more information.

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