In 2013, the State of Colorado appropriated $2.9 million to renovate and expand the Ute Indian Museum building. Breaking ground on construction in December 2015 to expand from 4,650 to 8,500 square feet, develop new exhibits, and expanded rental spaces that will continue to be available to the community as a regional gathering place
The new exhibits will help make connections between past and contemporary Ute life and culture and the Ute peoples’ history of adaptation and persistence. History Colorado has consulted with representatives of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe from Colorado and Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation from Utah in every aspect of developing the building’s design and exhibit content. The exhibits will be updated to include more modern style exhibits that unfold around a central theme of geography, highlighting Ute cultural survival, political self-determination, economic opportunity and the celebration of the Bear Dance.
The expanded Museum will also include a Colorado White Pine timber structure, a patio with stunning views of the San Juan Mountains, beautiful curved walls and vibrant colors that represent Ute tribal identity. The museum will have a grand reopening for the public on June 10, 2017.
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For exhibit development inquiries, please contact: Shannon Voirol | Manager of Exhibit Planning, History Colorado | 303 866-4691 | email@example.com