Southern Ute Museum - Exhibits

The Southern Ute Museum

 “Colorado’s Longest Continuous Residents”

The Southern Ute Museum, operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, is a new building reflecting an old history. The Museum, established in 1971 to preserve and promote Ute culture, continues its mission in a modern facility just south of the Sky Ute Casino and Resort.


In the Welcome Gallery, where timber, steel, and glass rise 60 feet toward a medicine wheel ceiling, offering a view of the sky, “Ute Winter Stories” is on display through mid-April 2018, and will be replaced by “Bear Dance” (through September 2018). A Ute Park/Ute Chiefs exhibit is located on the second floor of the Welcome Gallery. The Permanent Gallery tells the story of Ute people through large photographic curtains, life size replicas, video, audio, touchscreen equipment, and the “Circle of Life”, a multi-screen short film. The Temporary Gallery features “Riders of the West: Portraits from Indian Rodeo” (through February 2019), courtesy of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. Over 60 photographs by Linda MacCannell are on exhibit for the first time in its entirety.  The exhibit is accompanied by objects on loan from local rodeo participants.


A Southern Ute Veterans exhibit, presents a unique history of tribal members in the military. This exhibit provides cultural, historical, and educational information with panels, photographs, beadwork, basketry, and Navy diving helmet with select equipment. “The Point Man”, a bronze statue, is a new addition to the Veterans exhibit.


In addition to exhibits, “Behind the Scenes” tours are available. These specialized tours offer a closer look at the Museum’s inner workings, including the journey an object takes, beginning with arrival, to collections, to display.  The tour also provides a unique insight and broader perspective of the Southern Ute Museum’s mission and purpose.  Tours can accommodate families to large groups. There is a nominal charge, and reservations are required. Please call for more information.


The Museum is open seven days a week, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and is located on the Southern Ute Indian reservation at 503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, Colorado. The phone number is 970-563-9583.  Information can be found at: Southern Ute Museum , TripAdvisor and Instagram.


On behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, we invite you to visit our Museum, and hope you enjoy your visit to the land of the “Shining Mountains” in beautiful southwest Colorado.



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22 Mar 2018

By Southern Ute Museum