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Telluride Historical Museum Exhibit picture in Telluride
Telluride Historical Museum picture in Telluride
Telluride Historical Museum Exhibit picture in Telluride

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Housed in the town's former hospital, the Telluride Historical Museum recounts the area's exciting history, from its gold-mining days to the development of the world-renowned Telluride Ski Resort. Visitors can also learn about the region's relationship with the Ute Native American tribe, the town's geological past and the man known as "The Pathfinder of the San Juans," Otto Mears.

Previous visitors said the Telluride Historical Museum is a must-see for history buffs thanks to its informative displays and easy-to-understand layout. Several past museumgoers also raved about the property's friendly staff and convenient location in downtown Telluride, although one traveler cautioned that the attraction's second floor exhibits are not wheelchair accessible.

The Telluride Historical Museum is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays. During the summer, the property is also open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays between 1 and 5 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and younger get in for free. All ticketholders have access to the museum's exhibits, restrooms and a gift shop.

The property sits within walking distance of Town Park and multiple hiking trails, but for those who decide to drive, four free parking spaces are available by the museum. Additionally, the complimentary gondola's Telluride station can be found a half-mile south. For additional details about exhibits, special events and more, visit the Telluride Historical Museum's website.

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#1 Telluride Ski Resort When most people talk about Telluride, they're typically referring to this ski resort rather than the town. This massive complex boasts more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain ... Read more » DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

#2 Mountain Village Even if you aren't a skier, a visit to Telluride Ski Resort should be a priority. The resort encompasses Mountain Village, a bustling town originally developed as a cozy ... Read more » Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

#3 Hiking Although Telluride's biggest draw is its top-notch ski slopes, come summertime, locals and tourists alike flock to the town to explore its ample hiking trails. Dozens of paths are ... Read more » kmaassrock / Getty Images

#4 Town Park Telluride's fresh air opportunities aren't limited to Telluride Ski Resort's slopes. During the warmer months, visitors and residents head to Town Park on the southeast edge of ... Read more » Rob Lee / Flickr

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Telluride Ski Resort offers 2,000-plus acres of skiable terrain. DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

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Located inside the building that once housed Telluride's hospital, this museum features a variety of artifacts detailing the region's history. Jonas Forth / Flickr

Located about 15 miles southeast of Telluride, Ophir Pass (a four-wheel drive trail) offers picturesque views of the San Juan Mountains and its namesake town. kwiktor / Getty Images

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