Located in the historic Moffat Railroad Depot Building since 1972, The Museum, which was established in 1964, has exhibits on West Routt County and the Town of Hayden from cowboying and homesteading to coal mining. Experience the authenticity of the homesteaders and the lives they carved out in this rugged corner of Colorado.
The Museum is also home to the Leslie Memorial Research Library a fantastic resource for research whether it is subject based or genealogical. We have numerous books on local and regional history, as well as various subjects including Railroad, Quarterhorse Collection, out of print books, unpublished manuscripts, family files as well as subject catalogue files and more. You can also access the Museum collection database and look at the Museums wonderful collection of photos at one of the two public computer stations (with internet access) in the newly completed research library which is located conveniently on the first floor.
The Museum has a gift shop with books on local, regional and Colorado history with an expanded section of children’s books and toys as well as unique gifts.
Museum admission is free. We are open winter hours (Sept- May) Tues, Wed, and Thurs from 9-5pm and Summer Tues-Sat 11-5. We host school and group tours please call in advance to schedule a personal tour. The Museum also host a number of events such as the Biannual Elkhead School Tour, Mt. Harris Day, Fall Lantern Tour of the Historic Cemetery and the Annual Holiday Stroll.