Colorado Hiking, Nature September 15, 2020
The Overland Trail Museum Is A Small Town Museum In Colorado You Have Never Heard Of But Need To Visit
One of the MANY wonderful things about living in the Centennial State is having access to more museums than one can count, including state-of-the-art museums in the larger cities and impressive exhibitions in smaller towns. Today’s featured attraction on Only in Colorado is the latter, which is the hidden-gem Overland Trail Museum:
Located in the small-ish northeastern Colorado town of Sterling (population 15,000), the Overland Trail Museum is a unique exhibition that "commemorates the historic westward migration of gold seekers and early pioneers."
Initially opened in 1936, the Overland Trail Museum has grown drastically in its nearly 85-year history, expanding from an early-trading-fort replica building to a complex complete with original, pre-1915 businesses and establishments.
Named for the Overland trail stage route that was a branch of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska, you can easily spend an entire afternoon at the Museum, which has everything from a replica one-room schoolhouse to a granary barn with vintage farm and ranch equipment to a caboose and boxcar depot.
Are you visiting with kids? They are sure to love it, too!
In addition to the mainstay displays and exhibits, the Overland Trail Museum also hosts several special events during the year, including open houses, visits with Santa, murder mystery parties, a heritage festival, and more.
To learn more about the Overland Trail Museum and upcoming events, please visit their
Admission to the Overland Trail Museum is less than $5 per person and includes all-day access.
The Overland Trail Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1st through October 31st and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 1st through March 31st.
Which small-town Colorado museum is your favorite? Let us know in the comments or via our
nomination page! For even more incredible Centennial State museums and exhibitions, You Will Want To Follow The Colorado Museum Trail To These 20 Must-See Museums. Address: 110 Overland Trail, Sterling, CO 80751, USA
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