Explore Aspen’s exciting and rich history! Visit the Wheeler/Stallard Museum in the West End to tour the exhibit “Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff” through September 2018, and a Herbert Bayer exhibit celebrating the Bauhaus centennial, opening in December 2018. During summer, the Society also operates a mining & ranching museum and two ghost towns. The Historical Society offers a full slate of tours including via electric vehicle or on foot to learn about the town’s historic homes, buildings, and citizens. Tours also include a historic pub crawl, cemetery tours, on-mountain ski tours, history hikes, Hotel Jerome and Wheeler Opera House, as well as private tours. Or venture into the archives for research or to view history through the collection of thousands of photographs, maps, documents, textiles and other artifacts. Special events, theatrical performances, and children’s and adult programming are also offered. Tours and museum hours vary by season, please call (970) 925-3721 or visit AspenHistory.org for current information
Cultural Activities for Children and Families
Explore Aspen’s exciting and rich history! Kids will enjoy learning about history at four sites operated by Aspen Historical Society: the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, a Victorian home in Aspen’s west end; the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum just outside town on the Marolt Open Space; and the ghost towns of Ashcroft and Independence. In addition to daily tours, family favorites include seasonal events such as the annual Hoedown and Holden/Marolt, a performance of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” and the traditional Ice Cream Social at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum during the summer, as well as Teddy Bear Story Hour and the holiday Caroling & Cookie Exchange in December. Playing With the Past children’s activities are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for toddlers and their caregivers throughout the month of July. Tours, programs, and museum hours vary by season so please call (970) 925-3721 or visit AspenHistory.org for current information.
Special Events & Weddings
Aspen Historical Society manages three historic sites, from a Victorian garden to a rustic barn, which offer unique venues for weddings, parties, and corporate meetings or events. Enjoy the lush grounds of the Wheeler/Stallard Museum in Aspen’s West End, the western feel of the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum or the breathtaking alpine landscape surrounding Ashcroft Ghost Town. For more information, call (970) 925-3721 ext. 107.