This living history museum, situated on eight acres, features historically significant architectural structures. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through the early history of our region in the buildings and period landscaped grounds. Throughout the year, families can take part in interactive experiences from one-room school to military demonstrations on horseback. During a visit to Centennial Village, you will learn about how our early pioneers lived in the high plains region of Colorado, especially focused on our agricultural heritage.
Centennial Village is open from May – September, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, and Sundays, noon to 4pm. They offer group discounts and children two years of age or younger are given free admission. For more information about Centennial Village, please visit their website.
The Greeley History Museum provides 34,000 square feet to explore and learn about the history of Greeley and notable community members such as Nathan Meeker, Rattlesnake Kate, Dr. Ella Mead, and P.T. Barnum, as well as bison hunters, cowboys, stoop laborers and prisoners of war from World War II. They maintain the permanent display “Utopia: Adaptation on the Great American Desert,” which teaches about the earliest human inhabitants of the Union Colony, the contributions of water buffaloes, mavericks, and mentors.
The museum schedules traveling and temporary exhibits which feature artifacts from the museum’s archives. Currently on display:
H2O Today: Our Global Water Story
Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it. “H2O Today” examines the diversity and challenges of global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology. Visitors to the museum can play water-related trivia, use an iPad to take a peek inside wastewater treatment, and play with a real treadle pump to see how the pump moves water over a water wheel. Local artifacts on display will include items related to the Greeley Ice and Storage Company, and a water clock used to measure water levels at the head gate for Union Colony Ditch No.3. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibition will be available locally from Saturday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Well-Dressed in Weld
Over one-hundred years of Weld County Fashions are on display in the Greeley History Museum’s Upper Level Gallery. Fashion themes change throughout the year and in 2017 will include “Fur” and “Fun & Funky Florals.” Visitors will be able to feel different materials and examine different weaving, sewing and spinning methods, and dress up in historical reproduction clothing. Exhibition on display through 2018.
The Greeley History museum is open year round Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. It provides group discounts for adult groups and school groups.
The Colorado Model Railroad Museum delights visitors of all ages with its unique 5,500-square foot operating miniature railroad. (Largest in the U.S.!) The railroad’s environment is enhanced by the display of over 600 railroad-related artifacts. Museum offerings include self-guided tours, balcony viewing, hands-on children’s layout, scale model vintage ships, dinosaur and special event “hunts,” and Union Pacific train watching. Stop by and revel in the railroad that Jim Hediger, the senior editor of Model Railroad magazine dubbed “the finest model railroad I’ve ever seen.”
The Colorado Model Railroad Museum is open year round Friday – Sunday from 10am – 4 pm and Sunday noon – 4 pm. Extended hours are Wednesday and Thursday after Memorial Day until Labor Day. Discounts for students, military and groups of 10 or more.
Meeker Home Museum
Visit the home of Greeley’s founding family, complete with period furnishings and artifacts related to the family’s life. Guided tours can be scheduled by appointment with the museum staff. Call 970-350-9220 to book your time in this classic adobe home, listed on the national historic register