Not only is Granby surrounded by scenic wonders, but the region also presents several historic and educational treasures as well. Take a break from your outdoor adventures by visiting our local museums.
Moffat Road Railroad Museum
The Moffat Road Railroad Museum in Granby is as much fun as it is educational for the whole family. This amazing museum features a working display of the Moffat Road Railroad, the highest standard gauge railroad ever built in the United States, connecting Denver to the mountains and beyond, which operated between 1905 and the 1960s. It’s also home to Colorado’s largest permanent Christmas model train display, which contains six trains and two running ski lifts.
The museum also has a Railroad Interpretive Center that includes a 100-ton steam crane from 1913, a passenger car from 1905, and a fully restored Union Pacific caboose from 1923. The Visitor Center is filled with Moffat Road artifacts, as well as a gift shop that sells local artisan creations. More is in the works for the museum, with plans to add a train ride for kids and adults this coming July, double the size of the model train display, and to get the 1913 steam derrick fully operating.
Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum
The Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum celebrates the history of aviation in Grand County and is another museum to visit in Granby. Located in the former Rocky Mountain Airways airline terminal of Granby/Grand County Airport, the museum’s displays, photographs, and artifacts tell the fascinating stories of aviation history in Grand County.
The free museum features the Pioneers Wall of Fame, which honors local citizen volunteers who in the 1940s began the airport and continued to volunteer their time and talent to improve and maintain the community airport. Other exhibits include a local military aviation section that documents the local connections to famed aviator, Charles Lindbergh, and to President Eisenhower, a pilot and frequent visitor to Fraser. A third exhibit is dedicated to the history of Rocky Mountain Airways (RMA), and includes various artifacts like the Captain’s jacket of Ed Belding, the pilot of the first RMA flight, and the original time table for scheduled flights and costs.
Pioneer Village Museum
Originally the Hot Sulphur Schoolhouse built in 1924, the Pioneer Village Museum was transformed into a museum in 1974. The museum is just a 10-minute drive from Granby, and you can see tools from Grand County’s earliest inhabitants (some are up to 8,500 year old and revolutionized archaeological thinking), pioneer clothing, and other historic Grand County artifacts on display.
Don’t miss the impressive skiing display that details the humble beginnings over 100 years ago of a major Colorado industry. Other large artifacts to see include an early railroad snow plow and the Winter Park Ski Train caboose, which was once a visitor information center at the ski area
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