The Arvada History Museum is the heart of the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities in Arvada, Colorado. Located on the main floor, the museum has been the center’s focal point since its opening in 1976. Here you’ll find world class displays showcasing local history.
Stroll the exhibit halls and see pieces of Colorado’s past come alive. Spend a day learning fascinating, local history, then walk the grounds and see what else the center has to offer. Leave with a new admiration and understanding of Colorado’s cultural history.
History and Expansion
It all started in 1972 when a teacher, historian, and author came together with the idea of preserving Colorado’s past. Afraid items of historical significance would be lost forever if not properly maintained, the trio searched for a space that would allow them to host the artifacts while displaying them to the public.
In 1974, the city passed a vote to build what is today the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities. Its doors opened in 1976, and since then it has undergone two expansions. The first expansion came in 1992, followed over a decade later by an even larger expansion in 2006. It was during the 2006 expansion that over 8,000 square feet were added for a multi-purpose meeting room, storage facility, and gallery prep space.
Haines Log House
The Haines Log House is the museum’s most popular display. Step through time and visit the original log house of Asahel and Abigail Haines. At over 144 years old, the house faced demolition until it was restored by the Arvada Historical Society in 1981.
See what it was like for a family of 8 to live in small quarters without electricity or plumbing. Originally in the Blunn reservoir in West Arvada, it now sits fully restored inside the History Museum.
The Arts Center
The History Museum is housed inside the Arvada Arts Center, which expands on the museum’s cultural and historical displays to deliver show-stopping entertainment and attractions. Within the Center you’ll find three professionally run theaters, art galleries, dance and music halls, and dedicated educational space.
Come for the History Museum and stay for a show. Over 10,000 square feet of gallery space with changing exhibits ensure there’s always something new to see. High quality musicals, plays, and children’s theatre offer fun for the whole family. During summers, listen to the outdoor symphony while picnicking with your kids. There is always something to do here.
Hours and Admission
Admission to the museum is free for all visitors. It’s open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
The museum remains open until 7:30 on theater performance evenings. It is closed major holidays. Call ahead or check the website for holiday hours.
Address: 7307 Grandview Ave, Arvada, CO 80002
Season: Year round