10811 W I-25 Frontage Road
Longmont, CO 80504
Phone: (303) 684-6779
Fax: (303) 684-6779
Arts & Museums
Featuring a collection of the history and culture of the St. Vrain valley, the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center is a great place for exhibits. Welcoming around 1,500 visitors every year, the center offers traditional music and foods, and the local history and also current issues in science.
A permanent art gallery, "the Old Firehouse Art Center curates six unique exhibitions a year mixing solo and group shows."
The Dougherty Museum is the pinnacle of Ray G. Dougherty antique collections of lovingly restored classic cars, gramophones created by Edison, musical organs and farm equipments. Opened in 1977, the museum is home to rare cars such as the 1909 Mobile Steamer, Stanley Steamers and many models that were powered by steam and electricity. Most of them are more than a century old and are in good running condition.
Fort Vasquez is located off the U. S. Highway 85 and was a trading post that traded fur. At this site, you can explore the fort that was reconstructed as well as the museum that features displays pertaining to the fur trade and the early settlers of this region. For details, check website.
The interactive museum that welcomes the children and educates them in all major aspects of life which include the areas of arts, science, life and several other subjects. The museum is called the WOW! Children's Museum and it features a reading corner with a pirate ship, a grocery store, play house, sand castle, train village, dinosaurs, music room, science area, etc. and a lot more. With a dance and snack area too, this place is a great learning and recreation place for the kids.
Most people view Boulder as a mountain playground, or as a cozy tourist destination. But Boulder's true heritage lies in mining. Driving through the area you cannot help but notice mining's manifestations on the surrounding landscape. The Lafayette Miners Museum celebrates the mining tradition in a restored coal mining cabin. Dating back to the 1890s, the six room cabin, run by the Louisville Historical Society, features period clothing and furniture, along with various mining tools of the day.
Carroll Shelby International is the manufacturer of the popular GT, Cobra and Daytona speed demons on the American road today. And this is the shop where to see some amazing vehicles. On display, the owners have the 289 and 427 cobra models as well as the GT40, 350 and 500 respectively. Every now and then the museum hosts races that include some of the vehicles and they even race against each other! In addition to racing, visitors can also purchase memorabilia and mementos from these muscle cars at the gift shop.
Ed Trumble, founder and owner of Leanin' Tree Company, started selling greeting cards with a distinctive western flair to local ranchers over 50 years ago. As his business evolved, he began collecting original works from the artists that adorned the cards. In 1974, he opened a museum to display the works, and today it is one of the largest collections of Western art in the nation. Featuring 93 artists and an array of paintings and bronze sculptures, the museum has welcomed more than 500,000 visitors since its conception. The museum's gift shop offers an assortment of Western souvenirs including the famous Leanin' Tree greeting cards.
The Louisville Historical Museum is handily located in the heart of downtown Louisville and is a lovely change of pace from the shopping, restaurants, and general festivals of the area. Featuring both traditional relic displays and one of the original homes in Louisville preserved from the 1800s, the Louisville Historical Museum offers a hands-on educational experience for those wanting to know a bit about the mining town's origins and about what life was like for early Colorado settlers. The museum has mining instruments, photos, and special exhibits commemorating important moments in town history, while the house is an exciting way for younger visitors to see what it was like to live without television, Internet, or running water. The museum is open to the public twice a week and to groups every other day. Every first Saturday, admission is free! -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
The Loveland Museum Gallery is the city's official art museum where artwork done by established as well as amateur artists are showcased. Art workshops and exhibitions are a regular feature here, through which the museum strives to promote art in every possible way. Besides, one can also witness various educational programs for youth and adults, community events and cultural programs including Halloween Festival and summer concerts. To know more about the Loveland Museum Gallery, do visit their website.
This 40,000-square-foot performing and visual arts center is home to many of Boulder's theaters, dance and music production companies. Check out performances from the Colorado Dance Festival and Boulder Arts Academy, as well as concerts by the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. The studios of Boulder's award-winning Community Access Television are also housed in the complex. Frequent classes and exhibits are offered to the community. Ticket sales and private contributions fund the center which draws over 140,000 guests annually.
For those looking for unique furnishings from around the world, this is the place to go. The gallery and retail store are main importers of Asian antiques, reproductions and garden pottery. The furniture collection featured here comes from such Asian countries as Tibet, Thailand, Korea and Mongolia. It also offers southwestern textiles and home accessories. The garden accents include pottery, teak benches and stone lanterns.