The Boulder History Museum provides engaging educational experiences for people to explore the continuing history of the Boulder region. The Museum collects, preserves and presents Boulder history in order to connect them with the past, provide a context for the present and inspire a vision for the future.
The Boulder Historical Society and Museum was founded
in 1944 by A.A. 'Gov' Paddock, then publisher of the Boulder
Daily Camera. The organization, now called the Boulder
History Museum, is located in the historic landmark Harbeck-Bergheim
House on University Hill in Boulder, Colorado. A private-not-for-profit
organization, it is governed by a board of trustees of
18 community leaders and has a staff of five. View our timeline for significant dates of the Boulder History Museum.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10-5pm
and weekends 12-4pm each week and exhibits artifacts from
our collection of over 35,000 objects of historical significance
donated by Boulder area families over the past sixty years.
The Museum rotates its displays 2 or 3 times a year in
hopes of providing new and interesting exhibits to showcase
its collection and highlight Boulder's own unique history
for the enjoyment of the general public. It also conducts
programs and activities for youth and adults, publishes
a bi-annual newsletter with historical research, and produces
an annual community event, SummerFest in June. Its collection
of over 200,000 photographs and 700,000 historic documents
is housed at the Carnegie
Library for Local History where it is available to
the public and researchers.