The Ouray County Museum is a treasure of memorabilia from the last 150 years of Colorado history. It has 27 rooms on display including a replica of an old mine, a blacksmith shop, a mineral collection, an old jail cell and many others. It also includes countless historical photos from its rich archive along the walls and through the corridors of this three story museum. Plan to spend at least one hour touring their vast collection, although I have never spent less than 2 hours walking through.
The Ouray County Museum was the former St. Joseph’s Miners Hospital so several exhibits showcase medical instruments, hospital furnishings and even the hospital kitchen. Their is also a room dedicated to Evelyn Walsh, daughter of the owner of the Camp Bird Mine. The museum is run by the Ouray County Historical Society and their summer calendar of events include their ever popular “Evenings in History” lectures, a sponsored hike to see the Cork Screw Railroad bed and turntable (June 11th and July 30th), and a dinner and show offered where attendees get to meet Otto Mears (as performed by Steve Lee) on August 26th.
The museum is a highlight on the City of Ouray historic walking tour but if you want even more information, consider scheduling a private guided walking tour with a tour guide from the museum. These tours are a grand way to learn the history of this town with knowledgable guides leading your journey.
Nicholas Trotter, author of Colorado and the Rockies for Dummies stated, “If you only go to one county museum in the course of your travels, make it this one.”