Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum



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

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

For specific hours during the time of your visit, go to Operating Hours & Seasons.



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


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.

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.

Last updated: July 1, 2017

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330


(970) 529-4465

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