Museum of the West
Museum of the West
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Museum of the West offers a thousand years of history that can be experienced. “Ride” in a stagecoach, “fly” a 1958 Cessna from Walker Field or gaze upon an ancient cup and ladle from the Anasazi. Study Ute and Fremont Rock Art, see the real firearms that outlaws used, sit in a one-room schoolhouse, and visit the Pastime saloon to experience western Americana at its best. The Sterling T. Smith Education Tower offers a 360° view of our impressive surrounding geography. Tower top displays include a working weather station, and provide information on downtown historic preservation efforts, regional archaeology and geology.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jean C
Marco Island, FL71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We were in GJ for the day without a car and chose to walk over to the museum. It was $6 for seniors and it was with it. There were some very interesting stories and it was exceptionally well presented. We took about 1 1/2 hours to go thru it and finished off with a trip to the tower.
Written 15 May 2021
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Armando S
Bakersfield, CA119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Great place to learn the history of Grand Junction and Colorado. Clean, well laid out, artifacts set in authentic setting. The receptionist is helpful and so friendly. Great place for kids and adults.
Written 5 September 2020
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Libby S
Fountain Hills, AZ43 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
Museum was entertaining; however most of the exhibits seem to be aimed more at the adults. Lots of guns with great history, but how educational and entertaining is that for the kids. We can spend hours at most museums and we were thru this one in less than an hour.

The low review is due to false advertising. On the website it clearly states families are $20. We show up with our large family and the gal at the desk tries to charge us $40. When I asked she said because that's how many is in your group. I charged two family rates. I explained the website stated family is $20 for an immediate family group. She said that's inaccurate and the cost is $28. She became very rude at that point.

With our family excited about attending what were we to do? Disappointed with the false advertising and lack of interesting things for younger children.
Written 30 June 2017
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Mindymorr
CT51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
If you have an interest in the history of this part of Colorado, or the Old West in general, you'll enjoy this gem.
Larger than it appears, it covers local history from the Aztecs to the Uranium boom of the 50's and beyond. The exhibits are thoughtfully laid out and very informative. You can sit in a stagecoach, a Cessna cockpit, enter a mock-up of a uranium mine, and more. There's a huge gun and rifle collection which was far more interesting than I expected it to be!
There's a mock-up of an old saloon, and a player piano that you can try out. I enjoyed learning about the local uranium boom (and subsequent bust) There's also an elevator to a tower that overlooks the entire area.
I'm surprised to be the first to review this museum. Highly recommended.
Written 13 October 2011
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
The museum is worth a visit. They have an extensive section on the history of the indigenous peoples of the area. The anthropologists have found not only a common cultural thread but also commonality of language between the Utes and the Aztecs. The Utes were driven out of the Grand Junction area and white settlers were invited in by the US government in the 1880. There is also an interesting section on uranium mining.
Written 11 July 2021
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JamaisVu
Colorado376 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
This museum is smaller than we expected, but it really is packed with information on strangely diverse subjects. Spanish exploration, the Ute Indians (& others not from this area), early baseball & the making of bats, a history of local sheriffs (with a display of their guns), a good-sized array of firearms of all kinds, a sort of CSI-look into the solving of some local crimes, a lot (too much for us) of info about uranium mining, replicas of a mine, a schoolroom, a saloon, a stagecoach & small plane to experience from inside. A real jumble of eras & interests.
We go to a LOT of museums, & I have to say that this sort of old-style interpretation ~ long-winded, small-font verbiage ~ is slowly going out of vogue & will lose the interest of the younger generations. Except for a few participatory displays, this museum already will seem boring to kids. So the folks who manage it might start thinking about how to interest young people in learning about the history of our fascinating "West." That said, we enjoyed our hour here & the price is reasonable.
Written 18 January 2018
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Rita B
2,914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Museum of the West is the downtown museum of the Museums of Western Colorado (which is comprised of the Museum of the West, Dinosaur Journey Museum, Cross Orchards Historic Site, Whitman Educational Center, conference and classroom space). See them all.

But - Museum of the West has really well thought out exhibits (and a great gift shop). When you walk in - you can walk in any direction. There is a lovely display of native American pottery. I love that instead of hard to read labels, there is picture of the pots with their name an history just below the real pots. Very easy to read and understand.

There too many exhibits to really go into and they do change. But - there is a stagecoach that you can actually go into. Great photo op! There is also a replica mine (complete with a dripping sound that will make you pity miners), a room dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt's trip to Colorado. There is an airplane and an old fire engine. Somany guns and rifles. Lots of old fashions.

There is a room dedicated to both lawmen and crime solvers of the west. And to baseball.

Honestly - there is some thing for every interest.

The gift shop is a treasure trove of local books, dinosaur toys, rocks, fossils, t shirts, science experiments, and more.

I love going up to the top of the Sterling T. Smith Observation Tower. You can climb or take the elevator. You get a wonderful view of the city, the skyline, the Mesa, the Monument - everything. And there are helpful signs showing how things looked in the past vs how they look now. It is just a great sunny day place to see the area. And - there is a picnic table.

Really well worth your time to visit the Museum of the West!
Written 9 May 2017
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rob2269
Grand Junction, CO450 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
The museum is very small, but has a nice gun collection. The guns were donated by a local guy who stipulated the entire collection remain in town. The museum waited until the guy died and sold several pieces to a collector. For that act, the place receives a poor rating. At one time, the gun collection was marvelous.

The remaining collections are an odd mish-mash of stuff.

If you need a place out the sun, a toilet, and can't do another outdoorsy bit then this will do.
Written 16 June 2016
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T2P
98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Lots of artifacts which tells the story of western Colorado and Mesa County.

Very reasonably priced and great details. A gun collection that is remarkable
Written 13 April 2021
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Pamela E
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We decided to try the museum while on vacation. The title is a little misleading as it says "Museum of the West" but it's really a museum of the history of Grand Junction. When you get to the building it actually says "Museum of Western Colorado" on one side. It was still interesting as we tend to like history. There were displays that were set up to look like real rooms, an old fashioned carriage you can climb into and a tunnel for miners with a steady drip, drip sound you hear the entire time you're in the museum (it's a little annoying & maybe should be put on a motion sensor.) The ticket was affordable and there were some interesting displays and paintings to look at. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there and felt like it was money well spent.
Written 22 September 2019
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