This living history museum, situated on eight acres, features historically significant architectural structures. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through the early history of our region in the buildings and period landscaped grounds. Throughout the year, families can take part in interactive experiences from one-room school to military demonstrations on horseback. During a visit to Centennial Village, you will learn about how our early pioneers lived in the high plains region of Colorado, especially focused on our agricultural heritage.
Centennial Village is open from May – September, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, and Sundays, noon to 4pm. They offer group discounts and children two years of age or younger are given free admission. For more information about Centennial Village, please visit their website.
The Greeley History Museum provides 34,000 square feet to explore and learn about the history of Greeley and notable community members such as Nathan Meeker, Rattlesnake Kate, Dr. Ella Mead, and P.T. Barnum, as well as bison hunters, cowboys, stoop laborers and prisoners of war from World War II. They maintain the permanent display “Utopia: Adaptation on the Great American Desert,” which teaches about the earliest human inhabitants of the Union Colony, the contributions of water buffaloes, mavericks, and mentors.
The museum schedules traveling and temporary exhibits which feature artifacts from the museum’s archives. Currently on display:
Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains
Located in the museum’s main gallery, this exhibit highlights various areas of visual and audio interest. Visitors can learn about the formation of the Union Colony and see images and artifacts from Weld County’s earliest settlers. Learn the history of some of Northern Colorado’s most famous residents like “Rattlesnake” Kate Slaughterback, and see her original rattlesnake skin dress, Nathan Cook Meeker, Greeley’s founder who died in the Meeker Massacre, and more. Youngsters can enjoy imaginitive play in our kid-friendly section of the gallery.
Skål! Scandinavian Spirits
Located in the museum’s east gallery and created by the Museum of Danish America and presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits, “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” explores the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, and how those traditions came to the U.S. Also discover the stories of Scandinavian immigrants who made Weld County their home. Exhibit open February 2 through July 20, 2019.
The Greeley History museum is open year round Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. It provides group discounts for adult groups and school groups.
The Dakan Perspective: Over a Century of Father & Son Photography
Located in the museum’s west gallery, visitors can explore over 100 years of photographic history of Northern Colorado through the work of father and son photographers Lew and Denny Dakan. From 1917 to 2017, their photos capture both nature and cities as they grew side by side. Over 75 photographs will be on display in the exhibit, but the museum houses over 1500 Lew Dakan photographs in its collections. You can view them at the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center on the lower level of the museum. Photography is not permitted in this special exhibition. Exhibit open March 15, 2019 through January 5, 2020.
The Colorado Model Railroad Museum delights visitors of all ages with its unique 5,500-square foot operating miniature railroad. (Largest in the U.S.!) The railroad’s environment is enhanced by the display of over 600 railroad-related artifacts. Museum offerings include self-guided tours, balcony viewing, hands-on children’s layout, scale model vintage ships, dinosaur and special event “hunts,” and Union Pacific train watching. Stop by and revel in the railroad that Jim Hediger, the senior editor of Model Railroad magazine dubbed “the finest model railroad I’ve ever seen.”
The Colorado Model Railroad Museum is open year round Friday – Sunday from 10am – 4 pm and Sunday noon – 4 pm. Extended hours are Wednesday and Thursday after Memorial Day until Labor Day. Discounts for students, military and groups of 10 or more.
Meeker Home Museum
Visit the home of Greeley’s founding family, complete with period furnishings and artifacts related to the family’s life. Guided tours can be scheduled by appointment with the museum staff. Call 970-350-9220 to book your time in this classic adobe home, listed on the national historic register