Great Museums of Western Colorado - Part One

Nan Miller Times / July 27, 2017

by Nan Miller / Photos by Earl L. Miller

Museums of Western Colorado, consisting of three major museum facilities, is the largest multi-disciplinary museum complex between Salt Lake City and Denver. It’s one of only thirteen accredited museums in Colorado by the American Alliance of Museums. 

Visitors find the Museum of the West in Grand Junction. It offers extensive displays on the region’s cultural and natural history. In nearby Fruita, Dinosaur Journey’s focus is paleontology via its fossils, cast skeletons, and robotic reconstruction of dinosaurs. It also has a working paleontology lab and provides half and full day opportunities to join paleontologists at four field sites. Cross Orchard Historic Site is a living history farm celebrating what was once a 243-acre fruit ranch and agricultural showcase in the early 1900's. It will be covered in part two.

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