Ute Indian Museum Grand Opening June 10

The Ute Indian Museum grand opening celebration is June 10. Courtesy/historycolorado.org


With approximately 200 artifacts, the exhibits will feature artifacts that have never been on display including a velvet dress belonging to Chipeta and a painted hide.

Objects that highlight contemporary Ute life including a beaded cell phone case, an oil rig drill bit, and a Bear Dance shawl will also be displayed. Many beloved artifacts will return to the museum, especially belongings of Ute leaders Chief Ignacio, Chief Buckskin Charley, Chief Ouray and Chipeta.

“We are excited to be able to celebrate with the community the opening of the museum and share the living culture and history of the Ute people,” Museum Director CJ Brafford said. “The Montrose community showed incredible support for the project and we are happy to share this beautiful new space, exhibits, programs and events with the three Ute tribes and the Montrose community.”

The museum will also include a new gift shop, patio with stunning views of the San Juan Mountains, beautiful curved walls and vibrant colors that represent Ute tribal identity and expanded rental spaces and will continue to be available to the community as a regional gathering place.

The opening event will include presentations from representatives of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Indian Tribe—Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Director CJ Brafford, Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs Executive Director Ernest House, Jr., Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, Montrose County Commissioner Keith Caddy, City of Montrose Mayor Roy Anderson and Alpine Bank, Assistant Vice President Allison Nadel.

Ute Indian Museum is located at 17253 Chipeta Road in Montrose, Colo. Admission is free for kids (18 years old and younger) all summer, $6 for adults and $5 for seniors. The museum will be open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 970.249.3098.