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“If you like small town museums...a lot”

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“If you like small town museums...a lot”
Reviewed 25 September 2011

This small museum is worth the few dollars admission if you really like small town museums. It pales in comparison to the wonderful museum just 28 miles away in Gunnison. But this museum does have character. It's located in what was once a general store and the village's first gas station. The front of the interior is very small town general store in nature, and a gift shop is in the adjoining room. There is one other room with displays, including some about coal mining in the area and a scale model of the village. The lady at the counter was wonderful about giving me directions to other sites in the town -- the cemetery (great views), the old coke ovens (apparently gone), the old mine (apparently obliterated), the old depot (now the Chamber Of Commerce), etc. I stop at local museums to give them my financial support, and that's the primary reason to stop here.

Visited September 2011
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70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“A little museum with a lot of charm”
Reviewed 1 August 2011

This museum is housed in an old building that served for years as the town's hardware store and only gas station. Although Crested Butte has grown a lot since those days, it retains much of that mining town charm. This museum is part of that charm. In addition to a collection of beautiful photographic portraits of the 'old timers' of Crested Butte and memorabilia one might expect, the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is also home to the town's mountain bike museum. Keep in mind, the mountain bike was simultaneously 'invented' in Crested Butte and the bay area of California.

You can tour the place in about an hour, leaving with a better perspective on Crested Butte.

Visited June 2011
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NW Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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“For only $3 you will learn a lot”
Reviewed 25 June 2011

Kids are free. Only takes 30 minutes to tour small museum on national register of historic places. Friendly and helpful staff are
Very knowledgeable of area.

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“Visit the Crested Butte Museum”
Reviewed 24 July 2004

The Crested Butte Museum is a new museum in an old restored hardware store known locally as Tony's Conoco after Tony who ran the store and petrol pumps for over 30 years. They have maintained the old store and have a great Museum store with lots of unique stuff. The Museum tells the history of the Crested Butte area, its geology and the people who have made the area their home, from the Ute Indians to the miners, ranchers, skiers and mountain bikers. A very accessible and interesting Museum. A must visit.

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