As Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah share a common border, so they share the appreciation for the arts and humanities. This page provides a list of museums that are part of the Four Corners Museum Network.
and Pioneer Village Historic Downtown Aztec
125 N. Main Ave.
Aztec, NM 87410
Aztec Museum brings history alive for residents of the Four Corners and tourists from around the world. The Pioneer Village excites almost everybody's imagination
as they step into Aztec's first jail, doctor's office, the one-room schoolhouse, or blacksmith shop.
Experience a wide variety of exhibits relating to the diverse history ot the area's cultures, traveling exhibits, and art shows. Lecture series, performances, workshops, and special demonstrations are offered year-round.
Salmon Ruins is an 11th century pueblo ruin related to the Chaco Culture group. In addition to the puebloan ruins is Salmon Ruins Museum, Heritage Park, and Pioneer Homestead. The Salmon Ruins Museum offers a variety of exhibits featuring the best of artifacts from our excavation collections. The Heritage Park offers architectural replicas of Tipis and Hogans, a Wikiup and Pithouse, and a Trading Post and Sweatlodge for your enjoyment. The Pioneer Homestead was built by George Salmon in the early 1890s.
The Canyons of the Ancients Museum (formerly Anasazi Heritage Center) is a museum of the Ancestral Puebloan Culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region. The museum features permanent exhibits on archeology, local history and Native American cultures.
The Cortez Cultural Center prides itself as the Home to the Creative Spirit, Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders of the Four Corners. Native American Dances, Western Heritage shows, Museum, Gift Shop and Artist Gallery.
The Durango Arts Center Is a hub for community arts & culture. DAC hosts year-round line art exhibits freely accessible to the public; produces a live theatre season of dramatic and family productions; serves ages 4+ in visual and performing art workshops; and coordinates the Durango Autumn Arts Festival every September.
Fred Harman, was one of the country's foremost painters of the American West. He also is the world-celebrated creator of the cartoon strip, "Red Ryder and Little Beaver." The museum exhibits numerous Fred Harman paintings, Red Ryder and Little Beaver comic strips, rodeo, movie and other western memorabilia.
The Galloping Goose Historical Society's mission is to preserve the history of the Rio Grande Soulhern Railroad. This includes restoring and operating RGS Galloping Goose No. 5 and a museum located in a replica of the RGS Dolores Depot.
Mesa Verde offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived here for over 700 years. The park preserves nearly 5,000 archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings.
The Ouray County Ranching History Museum helps to preserve and protect the area's ranching history. The museum exhibits tell the story of ranch and farm life in Ouray County from the 1880s through the present time.
The Rico Museum, establlshed in 2007, by the Rico Historical Society features the glamorous mining and railroad history of the area. The rugged grandeur of it's setting in the San Juan Mountains is unsurpassed.
San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center PO Box 154
Silverton, CO 81433
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The San Juan County Historical Society (SJCHS) was established in 1964 for preserving the history of San Juan County. The Mining Heritage Center and 1902 County Jail Museum offers an extensive glimpse into the past of Silverton during the boom of the mining industry.
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Established in 1971 to preserve and promote Ute culture which honors and recognizes Colorado's longest continuing residents through symbolic architecture and seasonal relevance.
A Smithsonian Affiliate and part of a National Historic Landmark District, the Telluride Historical Museum showcases tho region's Ute heritage, mining history,
and rebirth into a ski and festival town.
The original Bluff Fort has been rebuilt and lovingly restored through the efforts of the Hole in the Rock Foundation and is open to visitors free of charge. One can learn more about why the pioneers came to Bluff and their arduous journey over the Hole-in-the Rock trail.
Canyon Country Discovery Center. home of the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, provides lifelong loaming experiences through educational programs, hands-on exhibits, and adventures into the canyons, mountains, and rivers of the Colorado Plateau.
The Dinosaur Museum exhibits a complete history of the world of dinosaurs. Skeletons, fossilized skin, eggs, footprints, state-of-the-art graphics, and beautifully realistic sculptures present the dinosaurs from the Four Corners region and throughout the globe.
Edge of the Cedars State Park includes an ancestral Puebloan ruin and a modern museum that is the regional archaeological repository for southeast Utah. The museum displays an excellent collection of pottery and other exceptional ancient Native American artifacts.
Goulding's Trading Post is a lodge, trading post, and museum located just north of the Arizona-Utah border, adjacent to the Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley. Opened in 1989, the museum is both a showcase of varied artifacts and a glimpse into a bygone era.