The museum is located on Chapin Mesa, 20 miles from the park entrance.
The museum displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Puebloan life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral Puebloan culture, and other items related to the park.
- 25-minute orientation film is shown on the hour and half-hour. This film offers an excellent overview of the history of Mesa Verde.
- Free self-guided tours of Spruce Tree House in the spring, summer, and fall.
- Free ranger-guided tour of Spruce Tree House in winter, three times daily.
Bookstore, water, restrooms, snack bar, gift shop, and post office are located near the museum.