WELCOME! The Gunnison County Pioneer and Historical Society was founded
in 1905, with the members subsequently deciding in 1906 to become a
permanent sponsor of a local museum.
The Gunnison Pioneer and Historical Society was reorganized and
incorporated in 1930. Sponsoring a museum did not become a reality until
1963 when the Adams and Wilson families donated land to be used for the
Pioneer Museum. By 1964, operation of the Pioneer Museum had begun.
The Pioneer and Historical Society has a ten person governing board and a
Approximately 60 volunteers work at the Museum, which is kept open from
May 24th to September 30th. Hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday
through Saturday and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays, including ALL
The Museum is not sustained by any County, State, or Federal monies.
Memorials, generous donations, yearly dues, and the revenues from the
summer months enable us to pay for insurance and upkeep. Local trades
people have helped us out from time to time on our big projects with labor,
materials and equipment. The yard maintenance worker is the only paid
Your support of the Museum is greatly appreciated. Gifts are tax deductible
to the extent allowed by law. Any accolades or criticisms are greatly appreciated. This website is intended to enhance your visit by highlighting some items of interest. We hope you enjoy your time at our Museum.
The Gunnison Pioneer Museum is the proud new owner of this 1933 Auburn Speedster, courtesy of an estate gift from the late Harold Smith of Paonia. Smith and his wife Ellen were past participants in the Gunnison Car Show, and their local club — the Ute Trail Car Club of Delta County — became big supporters of the local museum. This beauty was recently valued at $50,000. Pictures here are museum volunteers Jim Berry, Hal Yale and CJ Miller. The museum opens for the season Monday, May 18.
~ Chris Dickey
GUNNISON COUNTY TIMES
The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley is here to preserve and develop permanent resources to enrich the quality of life for people of Crested Butte, Gunnison, the Upper Gunnison Watershed and our neighbors – using today’s dollars for today’s needs and stewarding endowments for future needs. We are your Community Foundation and we are “Here for Good.”