Museum FAQs

What are your hours?


See current Museum Hours page


How do I contact someone at the museum?
Call us during hours of operation at (970) 325-4576

or e-mail us at ochs@ouraynet.com


Where is the museum located?
The museum is located at 420 Sixth Avenue, Ouray, CO.


What is the Admission Cost?
Adults, $10, youth 6-15, $5, children under 6, free.

School groups and other organizations receive discounts.

Teachers accompanying students are free.

Please call the museum for details and reservations.


Where can I park?
Free parking is available on Sixth Avenue, in front of, or near the museum.


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 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
Publications  page for more information.


How do I become a member of the Ouray County Historical Society?
Our website includes a membership form with information on membership levels and benefits.

Look under the Support tab or visit Become a Member in the drop down menu.

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
"Research" heading on the home page menu for research request forms and fee information.


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.


What does the Ouray County Historical Society do besides run 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. See our
Calendar of Events on this website for upcoming activities.

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