May 18 is National Museum Day! Here is more information on some of the museums in the City of Greeley.
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
680 10th Street
The CMRM was featured in the Greeley Unexpected campaign and for good reason. Visitors from 45 different countries have toured the museum to see how hundreds of volunteers created this mind-boggling miniature world that’s easily the largest and best of its kind in the world. The layout enables visitors to stroll through this three-dimensional creation while the railroad is in operation. One of the most fun activities is searching for the hidden dinosaurs among the mountain and town scenery that includes numerous buildings and rivers, railcars, engines and an impressive 28,000 trees. Learn more at cmrm.org.
Greeley History Museum
714 8th Street
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves northeastern Colorado’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, research and collections. Experience the museum’s ongoing exhibit, “Utopia: Adaption of the Plains,” and learn about some of Northern Colorado’s most famous residents. See “Rattlesnake” Kate Slaughterback’s famous snakeskin dress then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which feature different exhibits throughout the year. Numerous artifacts, photographs and hands-on opportunities create a meaningful and fun visitor experience.
Centennial Village Museum
1475 A Street
Centennial Village Museum . . . where the past comes to life! Step back in time and learn about the early pioneer settling of the western high plains, a time when grand houses, growing businesses, extensive prairies and agriculture were all a part of daily life. This open air museum features over 35 historic buildings, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Living history demonstrations change throughout the season and include historic printing, blacksmithing, rope-making, chuckwagon-style cooking, and more. In addition to tours led by interpreters in period clothing, Centennial Village boasts several annual special events. Visit Centennial Village Museum to explore, learn and participate in the past. Opening day is May 25 and is celebrating with the Centennial Celebration on May 26 and 27.
Meeker Home Museum
1324 9th Avenue
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this unique two-story adobe brick home was originally built in 1870 for Greeley’s founding family, Nathan Cook Meeker and his immediate family. This restored residence contains cherished artifacts including furnishings used by the Meekers. Guided tours are available by appointment throughout the year. Visitors can also walk the grounds of the museum, where interpretive panels portray historical facts, maps and images about the town’s history, Greeley’s namesake Horace Greeley, and the Meekers.
Happy National Museum Day!