The Museum of Boulder 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 to the past, provide a context for the present, and inspire a vision for the future.
For many years, the Museum was a small, volunteer run organization. Support came from memberships, contributions and small grants. In 1997, a longtime member of the Museum made a remarkable bequest of $7,500,000 to the Museum. The receipt of the Trust began a period of slow, deliberate growth for the organization and its professional staff. For example, in 2000, the Museum had no programs in place for schools and exhibitions were developed on a shoestring budget. Over the years we have made great strides in providing Boulder with nationally touring exhibits as well as developing exhibits based on Boulder stories including Native Americans, aerospace history, natural foods, sports and beer. We are reaching thousands of school children in the Museum and through outreach programs, with some of the highest quality education programs in the region. We have become a visible and reliable source of information in the Boulder community, as well as a place to bring friends and family.
In April 2013, the Museum purchased the Masonic Lodge building in downtown Boulder. We embarked on a capital campaign to convert this building into the Museum of Boulder. It is now a state-of-the-art museum that explores not only the roots of our community, but the accomplishments today that will be history tomorrow; it brings the community together for exploration and conversations about issues facing Boulder today and in the future.