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Southern Ute Museum
P.O. Box 737
503 Ouray Drive
Ignacio, CO 81137

970-563-4884 fax

Southern Ute Museum:  The Southern Ute Museum was established in 1971 to preserve and promote Ute culture and history.  The museum offers an experience for everyone, with four exhibit spaces in the museum: the permanent gallery, the temporary gallery, the Veterans' alcove, and the welcome gallery. The Southern Ute Museum store contains locally made art and jewelry.  The museum is open daily 10AM to 5PM.

Current Exhibits

April 2019 – April 2020
Temporary Gallery

The Inside Out: Vision’s from the Artist’s Mind looks to the Southern Ute Museum's permanent collection. The museum’s collection consists of an array of mixed media items, archival items, and objects.  The Inside Out highlights ten Native artists and their contribution to fine art. Currently exhibiting to April 30, 2020.

November 2018 – November 2019
Northeast Hall Alcove

Southern Ute Veterans: Southern Ute tribal members have served in five military conflicts, including World War I, when Native Americans were not United States citizens. This exhibit highlights Southern Ute Veteran Raymond A. Baker who has served 30 years in the United States Navy. Items from Mr. Baker’s personal collection are on display from November 2018 to November 2019.

Welcome Gallery

Lummi Nation Bear Totem Pole is on loan for an indefinite amount of time from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.

Nuùchus: A Pictorial Journey

As Colorado’s longest continuous residents, the Ute’s have adapted and thrived throughout the years.  These photographs taken around the turn of the 20th century, exhibit the fortitude and longevity of the Ute People.  Each image showcases unique elements of Ute Culture.  Examples of the Bear Dance, prominent Ute leaders, and intricate bead work can be found in the collection of photographs on display.

Permanent Gallery

Numi Nuuchiyu, We Are the Ute People: The story of the Ute people, from prehistoric to modern times, is presented through photographic curtains, audio-visual presentations, interactive electronics, and life-size replicas, including a buffalo hide tipi, cabin, and school room. Six themes preside over the Permanent Gallery: welcome, long time ago, camp scene, reservation life, celebrating traditions, and current events. Ute baskets, a new exhibit case addition, focuses on organic materials and Ute coil technique, resulting in unique designs from three Ute basket makers. A children’s activity guide is available for this gallery.

KSUT Public Radio, featuring 40 years 1976-2016: What started as a small tribal radio station focused on broadcasting information to tribal members in the Ute language has developed into a regional favorite: an NPR affiliate community station and a Native radio station with multiple programs. This exhibit showcases the history of “two stations under one signal”, and includes photographs, promotional items, posters, CD productions, and early newspaper clippings.

Museum Events

All museum EVENTS are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.


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