In March 2020, the Greeley History Museum closed in response to COVID-19. Since then, staff worked to prepare for reopening the museum for the community. City officials announce the Greeley History Museum will reopen April 1.

City officials developed an operations action plan to provide safe access to the Greeley History Museum for all visitors. The plan takes into account the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment orders and guidance and the City of Greeley’s color-coded response strategy. Visit the City of Greeley’s website for more information about how the organization is handling COVID-19.

Colorado’s mask order requires all individuals wear a face covering while inside the Greeley History Museum. Officials encourage all visitors to practice social distancing at the museum. Anyone with COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms — fever, cough, or shortness of breath — should not enter or use city facilities, including the Greeley History Museum.

Visit the Greeley History Museum starting April 1 to experience the following exhibitions:

Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains

Located in the museum’s main gallery, visitors can explore Greeley’s history, including the Union Colony’s formation, the area’s agricultural heritage, water use, and growth over time.

War Comes Home: The Legacy
Combined with local artifacts from the City of Greeley Museums’ collection, “War Comes Home: The Legacy” highlights private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history. The traveling exhibition, rich with historical and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming.

Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts
This exhibit tells the stories of artifacts that are not always pleasant or happy. In fact, some artifacts are just downright gross or uncomfortable and are rarely displayed because of that reason. All together in one place, these items make an intriguing statement about our history and what museums collect.

 

A Message for the Future

In 1967 and 1970, Greeley residents collected items and documents that reflected who they were and what their lives were like and buried them in time capsules. Last year, the capsules were opened and this exhibit shows a selection of items that were uncovered.

In addition to exhibits, the lower level of the museum contains the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center, which has an impressive collection of documentary and photographic resources available for researchers, students and genealogists by appointment.

The Greeley History Museum is located at 714 8th St. in downtown Greeley. The museum is open on

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Group visits are by appointment on Wednesdays. For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.