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Ute Indian Museum, Montrose

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Come celebrate the history and the living culture of Colorado’s longest continuous residents at the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado. The Museum welcomes visitors with a stunning new building and exhibition connecting the past with the contemporary Ute life and culture. New exhibitions focus on the Ute peoples’ history of adaptation and persistence, and unfold around a central theme of geography, highlighting significant locations in Ute history and Ute cultural survival, political self-determination, economic opportunity and the celebration of the Bear Dance.

The Ute Indian Museum was originally built in 1956 near the ranch of Uncompahgre leader, Chief Ouray, and his wife Chipeta. The Museum and grounds are recognized as a State Historical Monument and are listed in the national register of historic places. The grounds include Chief Ouray Memorial Park, Chipeta’s grave, and a native plants garden. The complex also includes shady picnic areas, walking paths, a memorial to the Spanish conquistadors who traveled through the area in 1776 and a link to the citywide trail system. The new Museum features an expanded gift shop offering authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, children’s gifts and books and new community spaces for events and programs.


Adults- $6.00

Seniors (65+)- $5.00

Students (7-18)- $3.50

Children (6 & under)- FREE

History Colorado Members- FREE

Military Discounts

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  • Our family was traveling to Montrose and decided to stop at the Ute Indian Museum. The museum is small, but the displays are very nice. Excellent examples of Ute work. Simple and concise narratives. V...  more »
  • Very informative museum. You learn a lot about the Ute Indians and their removal from Colorado. It’s easily accessible and can be toured by yourself.  more »
  • A must see if you are in the area and have any desire to learn of the original inhabitants of Colorado. Surprised to find out this is actual a state run museum. Kudos to the state for their recognition of the native peoples. Friendly folks at the front register - ask about the military discount (free entry). Excellent displays and numerous artifacts on display. Educational, informative and at times disturbing, as any honest look at Native American history can be. Interesting grounds, including a boardwalk to the river across the street.
  • I cant give it any less than a perfect rating. So much time has been spent beautifying and instilling historical information into this quaint little Museum and rec. area. It's a tranquil spot that has The Great Spirit flowing through n through!

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