What to See at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center
Information on The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
The Longmont Museum opened its doors in 1936 and was founded by the St. Vrain Historical Society. In 2002, it became The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center at the cost of $6 million. Adding the Cultural Center to the Museum almost doubled the building in size and added extra program spaces and exhibitions to the tourist attraction. In 1940, at the Callahan House, exhibits were added on to the carriage house. In 1970, expansions to the museum caused it to become a department of the City of Longmont. From there it was no longer a non-profit private organization. The location is east of Main Street in south Longmont, and the address is 400 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80501.
The Front Range Exhibit
There are three year-round exhibitions and two that are current and set to end in May. The first one open year-round is the Front Range Rising Exhibit. It captures over 14,000 years of history and has short movies on the early settlements and how people lived at the base of the mountains. They cover the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians and how they lived back then.
From the gold rush era, they have a train, clothing, houses as they were built from that time.
There is a kitchen designed from the 1930s, and they discuss how people made it through The Great Depression. They also have a 1930s radio which has the sounds of the past coming through the speakers.
With the expansion in technology, they cover the growth of Longmont in the 1960s. There is also a recreation of Cheaper Charlie’s Shed which is a historical landmark for Longmont to view.
Longs Peak Room Exhibit
The Longmont Museum has a wonderful view of the mountains to the plains from the third story. The entire family can partake in the galleries with history books, drawers which contain multiple items in history from the city, and antiques to see.
Children have costumes they can dress up as crows and buffaloes, and they can create the original city of Longmont with wooden blocks. There is also a scrapbook containing more pictures and history from the city that the whole family can enjoy.
Vance Brand: Ambassador of Exploration Exhibit
This exhibit is all about the space program and NASA. It is located on the second floor of the museum and contains information about the famous astronaut Vance Brand who was part of the Apollo program. There is samples of the moon’s surface, pictures, history, and awards won for the exhibits.
Seasonal Exhibits for This Year
The two remaining exhibits close out in May, and they are the Ansel Adams: Early Works Exhibit and the Waterflow: Under the Colorado River Exhibit. Ansel Adams was a photographer who captured Western landscapes. Most of his familiar work came from the 1970s, but he created small prints from the 20s to the 50s. The exhibit contains his cameras which he used and pictures he captured. There is also a brief movie of Ansel Adams.
The Water Flow: Under the Colorado River Exhibit goes along with the Ansel Adams Exhibit with the photography it captures the river at night different areas of the water flow. There are photographs of the plant life, and everything in the water.
Admissions are $8 for adults, $5 for kids, and children 3 and under are free. The hours of operations are Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. From February 7th until March 21st the Museum will stay open until 9 pm.