Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
The museum is located in a former hardware store and gas station. | Photo by Lilliana Maya / flickr

Staff writer

The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum features exhibits on the town’s history as a coal town and as a supply center for silver and gold camps and ranches in the area, along with its more recent history as a ski town.

The exhibits can be as eclectic as the town, such as a 2007 exhibit about Flauschink, a spring holiday started by townspeople in 1969 to celebrate the “flushing out of winter and welcoming of spring.” It included buttons marking the first 38 years of the festival, plus trophies awarded for such events as parades and tugs-of-war.

The museum is located in a local landmark, the former Crested Butte Hardware and Auto Supply, better known locally as “Tony’s Conoco” or “The Hardware” and a popular spot for old-timers to hang out. The museum has benches in front for hanging out and features items from Tony’s inside. The building originally was a blacksmith shop in 1883.

The museum provides a free map for a self-guided walking tour of historic Crested Butte and stages guided tours in the summer months for a fee.

The museum also is home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, which features vintage mountain bikes and components, items of memorabilia, and highlights from historic races and events, along with photos of the hall’s inductees. The town has long been a mountain biking hotspot, and some residents claim the sport began in Crested Butte.

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
331 Elk Ave.
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-1880