The Southern Ute Museum- "Colorado's Longest Continuous Residents"

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


"Ute Seasons", an exhibit of seasonal relevance fo Ute people, begins in the Welcome Gallery. Timber, steel, and glass rise 60 feet toward a medicine wheel ceiling, offering a view of the sky. The Permanent Gallery tells the story of the Ute people through large photographic curtains, life size replicas, video, audio, touchscreen equipment, and the "Circle of Life", a multi-screen short film.

The Temperary Gallery features "Mountain Lion!" (through September 2017), created by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. This family friendly exhibit features large dioramas, calls of the lion, fossil representations, an informative video about large cats, and many artifacts.

A Southern Ute Veterans exhibit, the latest display to be developed, presents a unique history of tribal members in the military. Cultural, historical, and educational information is presented through panels, photographs, breadwork, basketry, a world map of historical military conflicts, and a Navy diving helmet with select diving equipment.

In addition to the exhibits, "Behind the Scenes: tours and "Connect with Culture" classes are offered. "Behind the Scenes" tours offer a closer look at the Museum's inner worings by accessing "staff only" workrooms, and learning about the journey an pbject takes, from arrival, to collections, to display. "Connect with Culture" are hands-on, project-oriented classes which teach the basics of mang baby moccasins or a small pouch. The classes are to be offered the 2nd and 4th Sundys of June, July, and August in the afternoons. There is a nominal charge for the tours and classes. Please call the Museum for additional information.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 10:00am to 5:00PM, and is located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, 503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, Colorado. Phone number 970-563-9583. More informatio can be found at: or email


On behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, we invite you to visit our Musum and our Reservation, and hope you enjoy your visit to the land of the 'Shining Mountains". Article and photos provided by Southern Ute museum.

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02 Jun 2017

By Southern Ute Museum