• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum



January to early March, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm*
Early March to early April, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early April to mid October, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Mid October to early November, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early November to late December, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm*

*The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.



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.

Special Programs

  • 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.

Available Facilities

Bookstore, water, restrooms, snack bar, gift shop, and post office are located near the museum.

Did You Know?

The north courtyard of Balcony House

Contrary to popular belief, the Ancestral Puebloan people of Mesa Verde did not disappear. They migrated south to New Mexico and Arizona, and became today’s modern pueblo people.