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Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center

503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, CO 81137
+1 970-563-9583
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Really put together well once you get inside.. Finding the entrance is the key. But once in. It is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
BAM09075
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Ignacio, Colorado, United States
via mobile
Remarkable and informative

Loved it! Friendly and knowledgeable greeter shared info about museum and language. Fascinating... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JatJet
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Austin, Texas
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Thank you for your interest in the Southern Ute Museum, located on the Southern Ute reservation, and operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, “Ute Seasons”, an exhibit of seasonal relevance for Ute people, begins in the Welcome Gallery. Timber and steel rise 60 feet toward a medicine wheel ceiling, offering a view of the sky. The Permanent Gallery tells the story of Ute people through large photographic curtains, life size replicas, video, audio, touchscreen equipment, and the “Circle of Life”, a multi-screen short film. The Temporary Gallery features “Mountain Lion!” (through September 2017), created by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. This family-friendly exhibit features large dioramas, calls of the lion, fossil representations, an informative video about large cats, and many artifacts. A Southern Ute Veterans exhibit, the latest display to be developed at the museum, presents a unique history of tribal members in the military. This exhibit provides cultural, historical, and educational information with panels, photographs, beadwork, basketry, a world map of historical military conflicts, and Navy diving helmet with select equipment. In addition to exhibits, “Behind the Scenes” tours are available. These specialized tours offer a closer look at the Museum’s inner workings, including the journey an object takes, beginning with arrival, to collections, to display. The tour also provides a unique insight and broader perspective of the Southern Ute Museum’s mission and purpose. Tours can accommodate families to large groups. There is a nominal charge, and reservations are required. Please call for more information. On behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, we invite you to visit our Museum, and hope you enjoy your visit to the land of the “Shining Mountains” in beautiful southwest Colorado.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, CO 81137
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really put together well once you get inside.. Finding the entrance is the key. But once in. It is VERY nice lots of information, pictures and education.. Everyone should go see it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it! Friendly and knowledgeable greeter shared info about museum and language. Fascinating facts with interactive presentations So cool the stamp impression maker. The videos, beadwork examples and stories of historical figures are so interesting. Thought provoking: living in two worlds.(cultures) and the changes promoted...More

Thank JatJet
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Two main exhibit areas. One is permanent. The other rotates. This month was Ute contributions regarding military service over many decades. The permanent exhibits are a timeline of the history of the Ute nation. Some are interactive. Well done & presented. Wonder at your own...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

The museum contains interactive displays and artifacts of the Ute tribe and nation over many centuries and how they lived in and with the land. They revere the natural world and the local resources available to them. We stopped by mid week in the afternoon...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

We were thrilled with this museum. The building that houses the exhibits is an amazing design reflecting the culture of the Ute Nation. The reception staff were great and gave us lots of information. The permanent collection is wonderful and arranged beautifully. I cannot praise...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Really glad that we decided at the last minute to make this part of our trip. The exhibits were really great (some were still in progress but that didn't take much away from it) and very educational. I really learned so much from just a...More

Thank Tanya N
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

If you are in the area and have the time, this is a place that should be on your list. Go into it with an open mind and leave all pre concieved ideas at the door. It is a dose of truth and the reality...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Recently re-opened, this is an incredible museum, full of beautifully designed exhibit areas. It had so much valuable information about the Southern Utes, we did not have time to see and appreciate everything. We will have to go back and enjoy it again soon.

1  Thank Tanya W
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

This is almost connected to the casino and I am sure it is funded by proceeds. Free to see and explore. I great look back in the Ute Indian history and how they lived. Super fun for the whole family

Thank Doug S
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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

The museum gives the vision of what the people went and go through everyday. It was great to learn something new of being a Native American. This is a great opportunity for young and old people of different nationality to learn of the land and...More

Thank Patrick T
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