Boulder History Museum
1206 Euclid Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302
ph: 303.449.3464

Mission Statement

The Boulder History Museum provides engaging educational experiences for people to explore the continuing history of the Boulder region. The Museum collects, preserves and presents Boulder history in order to connect them with the past, provide a context for the present and inspire a vision for the future.


The Boulder Historical Society and Museum was founded in 1944 by A.A. 'Gov' Paddock, then publisher of the Boulder Daily Camera. The organization, now called the Boulder History Museum, is located in the historic landmark Harbeck-Bergheim House on University Hill in Boulder, Colorado. A private-not-for-profit organization, it is governed by a board of trustees of 18 community leaders and has a staff of five. View our timeline for significant dates of the Boulder History Museum.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10-5pm and weekends 12-4pm each week and exhibits artifacts from our collection of over 45,000 objects of historical significance donated by Boulder area families over the past sixty years. The Museum rotates its displays 2 or 3 times a year in hopes of providing new and interesting exhibits to showcase its collection and highlight Boulder's own unique history for the enjoyment of the general public. It also conducts programs and activities for youth and adults, publishes a bi-annual newsletter with historical research, and produces an annual community event, SummerFest in June. Its collection of over 200,000 photographs and 700,000 historic documents is housed at the Carnegie Library for Local History where it is available to the public and researchers.