Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Stone, rectangular building with native plants, such as yucca in foreground.
 

The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum is one of the oldest in the National Park Service. Constructed between 1922-25, it replaced a log cabin that had displayed park artifacts since 1917. Today, the Museum is part of the Mesa Verde Administrative District, a National Historic Landmark. It was built using Cliff House Sandstone, the same type of rock used by the Ancestral Pueblo people to construct their dwellings. Its Modified Pueblo Revival Architecture, also used in the rest of the National Historic District, reflects the architecture of descendent communities and was well integrated into the natural landscape.

 

Location

The museum is located on Chapin Mesa, 20 miles from the park entrance.


Exhibits

The museum displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Pueblo life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral Pueblo culture, and other items related to the park.


Special Programs

A 25-minute orientation film is shown on the hour and half-hour. This film offers an excellent overview of the history of Mesa Verde.


Other Available Facilities

  • Bookstore, water, restrooms, snack bar, gift shop, and post office are located near the museum.
  • View Spruce Tree House, the third-largest and best preserved cliff dwelling, from overlooks nearby.
 

Museum Hours

January to mid April, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm*
Mid April to late September, 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
Late Sepember to mid October, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Mid October to late December, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm*

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

For specific hours of operation during the time you are visiting, please go to the Visitor Services and Interpretive Program Schedule.

Last updated: January 31, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

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