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.
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.
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.
January to mid April, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm*
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