San Luis Valley Museum

San Luis Valley Museum Telling the tales of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Thank you to our members and partner The oldest town in Colorado is San Luis.
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The San Luis Valley Museum

Mission: Enrich human lives and to educate San Luis Valley citizens to respect and value cultural diversity, the local heritage of the San Luis Valley, as well as local and international wildlife and the arts. The San Luis Valley is one of the largest alpine valleys in the world. It was originally home to Ute, Apache, and Pueblo Native Americans. Famous explorers

like Conquistador Juan de Bautista, Zebulon Pike, and John Freemont all led expedition through the valley. It was founded in 1852 by Hispanic settlers from Taos New Mexico. Forts Massachusetts and Ft. Garland guarded the valley beginning in 1852. Kit Carson was the Commandant of Ft. Garland for two years. The San Luis Valley Museum displays photos, artifacts, and artworks covering the long history of the SLV Region. There is a series of murals on the north side of the building depicting, famous people, landscapes, towns, and attractions related to the SLV. The museum operates a small gift shop stocked with SLV themed post cards and greeting cards, Colorado souvenirs, regional history books, and children's toys.

Please join us for a little holiday get-together this Wed. (12/6) at The San Luis Valley Museum between noon and 2pm. We...
12/04/2023

Please join us for a little holiday get-together this Wed. (12/6) at The San Luis Valley Museum between noon and 2pm. We will welcome back some of our featured 'artists of the month' from this year who will generously unveil some of their NEW pieces of work!!
These will be on display throughout the month of Dec. Hence; a compilation of artists will be this months art focus at the museum.
Light snacks and goodies will be offered and is open to the general public for FREE.

11/24/2023

Time is Running Out to experience "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" at the San Luis Valley Museum! This fascinating and educational exhibit is part of the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street exhibitions and can be seen until November 25!

While the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley has taken several groups, we know there may be a LOT of families out there that have not seen Crossroads. Don't miss this opportunity to check out this amazing exhibit and all the other valley exhibits at the San Luis Valley Museum!

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We'd like to thank the noted author Pete Anderson for the fun lecture program to go along with our 'Crossroads' exhibits...
11/18/2023

We'd like to thank the noted author Pete Anderson for the fun lecture program to go along with our 'Crossroads' exhibits on Fri 11/17 at the SLV Museum. Furthermore, we really appreciated the community participation for our event! Happy Thanksgiving!!

11/18/2023
11/17/2023

The SLV Federal Bank is once again pleased to announce their 24th annual 'Sprit of Giving' community donation program for this holiday season. Customers of the bank can vote for the San Luis Valley Museum to receive a portion of the money set aside for a well deserving non-profit agency donation. Furthermore, EACH account that a person has counts as one vote. This program is a great way to support, encourage and contribute to your local museum in Alamosa!
We would so much appreciate your vote(s)!!
You may go online to www.slvfed.bank or in person at one of their branches throughout the valley from Nov. 15th ~ Dec. 15th.

Telling the tales of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Thank you to our members and partner

Thanks for the school visit from Sangre de Cristo High School. Who toured the SLV Museum and the 'Crossroads' exhibit fr...
11/16/2023

Thanks for the school visit from Sangre de Cristo High School. Who toured the SLV Museum and the 'Crossroads' exhibit from the Smithsonian Inst. (Here through Nov. 25th)

Coming up on Friday, November 17th at 7pm at the SLV Museum: Author Pete Anderson's program about the 'Crossroads' proje...
11/11/2023

Coming up on Friday, November 17th at 7pm at the SLV Museum: Author Pete Anderson's program about the 'Crossroads' project from the Smithsonian Institution. The event is FREE for all participants.

Vet's day parade 2023. Downtown Alamosa. Thank You Veteran's!
11/11/2023

Vet's day parade 2023. Downtown Alamosa. Thank You Veteran's!

11/09/2023

We honor all of our military personnel on this Veteran's day!

Telling the tales of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Thank you to our members and partner

11/08/2023

Please check out our new website at: slvhistory.org

11/07/2023

We have one last speaker program left while the Smithsonian 'Crossroads' exhibits are still at the SLV Museum. (Through Nov. 25th) Peter Anderson is a terrific author out of Crestone who was a former English professor at Adams St. His books are inspired by stories of Americana and literary landscapes of the Centennial State. His prose and poems explore rural life and the modern day eccentricities of the American West. Pete's program will start at 7pm on Friday, November 17th at the SLV Museum, (401 Hunt Ave/Alamosa), and is FREE for all to attend.

Telling the tales of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Thank you to our members and partner

We hope you have a blast at the ALAMOSA VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK RUN/WALK today!  We'd really like to thank Eric Carpio of...
11/04/2023

We hope you have a blast at the ALAMOSA VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK RUN/WALK today! We'd really like to thank Eric Carpio of the Ft. Garland Museum and Cultural Center for his terrific program last night at the SLV Museum supporting our 'Crossroads' project on display from the Smithsonian Inst. Also, we really appreciate all the public turnout and input for his presentation. Much gratitude to all.

10/31/2023

Visit our friends at the San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa to see "Crossroads: Change in Rural America." The exhibit is a Smithsonian traveling exhibit on view until November 25.

As part of their "Crossroads" programing, Eric Carpio, director of the Fort Garland Museum, will discuss themes from the exhibit in his lecture, "Blanca, Borderlands and Buffalo Soldiers." The program is Friday, November 3rd at 7pm at the SLV Museum (401 Hunt Avenue, Alamosa).

10/28/2023

Please join us for a special 'First Friday' event on Nov. 3rd. The Director of the Ft. Garland Museum will be delivering a lecture program in conjunction with the 'Crossroads' project on rural America. This will occur at the SLV Museum, 401 Hunt Ave., 11/3/23. The event is FREE of charge and will also feature slides and vintage photos. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Eric and his team in Ft. Garland for being voted 'best museum in the valley' in the Courier's reader's choice awards for 2023.

Telling the tales of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Thank you to our members and partner

We'd very much like to thank Dr. Ed Crowther (ASU) for such a wonderful program this last Friday 10/20/23. His lecture w...
10/24/2023

We'd very much like to thank Dr. Ed Crowther (ASU) for such a wonderful program this last Friday 10/20/23. His lecture was in conjunction with our new Smithsonian exhibit 'Crossroads'~The change in rural America. Centered around the history of the greater San Luis Valley, his presentation was very informative, interesting, accurate and humorous at times. We had visitors from Denver, Walsenburg, New Mexico, etc. Everyone was on the edge of their seats. Way to go Doc!! Much gratitude from the SLV Museum!

10/21/2023

Hey preservationists! We're so excited to announce that we are in the process of applying for a NEW license plate for Colorado! This new group specialized plate highlights the importance of saving places. Show your support of history, heritage, and, of course, historic preservation by signing the petition at this link: https://form.jotform.com/232056775170153

Don't you love that Colorado monuments skyline? We sure do! 😍😍

We'll need 3,500 signatures by July 2025 to keep the process moving. By signing this secure petition, you show your backing and interest in it. There is no obligation to buy the plate when available. Please like, comment, and share!

📸: A mockup of the CO historic preservation license plate.

The TACOS MARTINEZ truck will be in our newly paved parking lot @ 6pm Fri. Oct. 20th. They will be serving their good fo...
10/18/2023

The TACOS MARTINEZ truck will be in our newly paved parking lot @ 6pm Fri. Oct. 20th. They will be serving their good food for an hour before Dr. Ed Crowther's program about the 'Crossroads' of rural America at 7pm. Please come and enjoy a delicious dinner and support them.

Thank you to the army of volunteers who helped up assemble the Smithsonian project; 'Crossroads' at the SLV Museum. The ...
10/17/2023

Thank you to the army of volunteers who helped up assemble the Smithsonian project; 'Crossroads' at the SLV Museum. The exhibits will be here from now until Nov. 25th.
401 Hunt Ave, Alamosa. Open 10~4 Tues-Sat

The SLV Museum would like to thank all those who participated in our 'Crossroads' discussions for the last 3 weeks. Our ...
10/07/2023

The SLV Museum would like to thank all those who participated in our 'Crossroads' discussions for the last 3 weeks. Our events were fun and entertaining and the communities input was valuable and informative. Beginning 10/17 our Smithsonian exhibit should be here and set up. Our grand opening is with Dr. Ed Crowther of ASU
@ 7pm 10/20 @ the museum. The event is free and the general public is welcome. (Also great thanks to Colorado Humanities for their sponsorship and support).

The seasonal migration of the Sandhill Cranes are back this week in the San Luis Valley!
10/06/2023

The seasonal migration of the Sandhill Cranes are back this week in the San Luis Valley!

The Smithsonian Institution brings the 'Crossroads' exhibit to the San Luis Valley Museum soon! The change in rural Amer...
10/05/2023

The Smithsonian Institution brings the 'Crossroads' exhibit to the San Luis Valley Museum soon! The change in rural America. (Oct 16-Nov 25) We are located at 401 Hunt Ave. Alamosa. Open 10-4 Tues-Sat

The SLV Museum will host the last community conversation on Friday Oct. 6th at 6pm. (401 Hunt Ave) The discussion is abo...
10/03/2023

The SLV Museum will host the last community conversation on Friday Oct. 6th at 6pm. (401 Hunt Ave)
The discussion is about the change in rural society in time and is part of our 'Crossroads' exhibit coming soon from the Smithsonian Institution. Jeff Bullinton from ASU library will be facilitating the meeting and part of the Palmas band will be playing live in our courtyard afterward. The event is FREE and the general public is encouraged to participate and share their input.

Thanks very much to Dr. Kerry Heart and Nancy Harris of ALMA for a successful program on the history of the famous big-b...
09/30/2023

Thanks very much to Dr. Kerry Heart and Nancy Harris of ALMA for a successful program on the history of the famous big-band leader; Glenn Miller. We appreciate your contributions.

The SLV Museum will have a special showing of the Glenn Miller Band movie Friday, Sept. 29 @ 6pm in our conference room ...
09/28/2023

The SLV Museum will have a special showing of the Glenn Miller Band movie Friday, Sept. 29 @ 6pm in our conference room (401 Hunt Ave)
This film, based on fresh research, fills the historical gap and reveals that his experience in the small rural town of Ft. Morgan significantly contributed to his musical development. It set the stage for him to become one of the most influential band leaders of the swing era. A discussion will focus on the change in rural America afterword. Free of charge.

We will be showing "Glenn Miller: The Birthplace of His Music" this Friday, Sept. 29th at the SLV Museum. Brought to us ...
09/26/2023

We will be showing "Glenn Miller: The Birthplace of His Music" this Friday, Sept. 29th at the SLV Museum. Brought to us by our friends at Alamosa Live Music Association, (ALMA). The program starts at 6pm and is a FREE event. We will be having a community discussion afterword about the change in rural society as part of our on going 'Crossroads' event from the Smithsonian Inst.
The general public is welcome! The museum is located at 401 Hunt Ave. Alamosa.

The Martinez Food Truck will also be serving Mexican food outside for our community conversation and movie on Friday Sep...
09/21/2023

The Martinez Food Truck will also be serving Mexican food outside for our community conversation and movie on Friday Sept 22! Located right beside the museum in our parking lot. YUMMY.

The SLV Museum will host it's first FREE focus group to facilitate community conversations as part of our new Smithsonia...
09/19/2023

The SLV Museum will host it's first FREE focus group to facilitate community conversations as part of our new Smithsonian exhibit coming in mid Oct. The project is called 'Crossroads--Change in Rural America.' The discussions start Friday Sept 22 at 6pm at the museum, and is followed by an outstanding documentary on the '5 States of Colorado' movie afterword. The film is provided by Colorado Humanity and will be facilitated by one of their staff members. Also, we will have the Martinez food truck in our parking lot selling Mexican cuisine.
The general public is welcomed!
401 Hunt Ave. Alamosa, CO

09/18/2023

Telling the tales of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Thank you to our members and partner

09/08/2023

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR OWN
MATT FULFORD!!

Our new featured artist of the month is Jason Perez. A talented young artist with a degree from the Academy of Art Unive...
09/02/2023

Our new featured artist of the month is Jason Perez. A talented young artist with a degree from the Academy of Art University in game design. He is primarily a cartoonist and uses such elements as charcoal, ink, etc.
Also to celebrate the upcoming Alamosa Artwalk, we are featuring Wesley Buniger and his impressive watercolor works. Wes showed great art ability from a very young age and hence has been a lifelong artist.

Address

401 Hunt Avenue/PO Box 1593
Alamosa, CO
81101

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

(719) 587-0667

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