Longmont Museum and Cultural Center - Something for everyone!
With gas prices escalating, close-to-home activities become more desirable. Today’s article features the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. Within near proximity to Lyons, it offers many programs for children as well as adults.
Over the years since its founding in 1936, the Longmont Museum (at that time a part of the St. Vrain Historical Society) changed its home often - a carriage house, Memorial Building basement, warehouse, converted garage, and finally its present location at 400 Quail Road, just east of Main Street in south Longmont. In 1970 the museum switched from a non-profit to a department of the city. Financed by a bond in 1999 and an anonymous gift, today’s free admission Longmont Museum and Cultural Center invites visitors to come and see permanent history exhibits as well as changing exhibits, experience education programs, and take in the view from the Longs Peak Room tower.
The tower’s windows provide a panoramic view of the mountains and plains. This interactive gallery for the whole family consists of drawers full of objects from Longmont’s history, local history books, an antique stereoscope, a dress up room for children and more.
- If you go on their website, http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum, you’ll discover information about the new award winning exhibit ,Front Range Rising, which suggests the Front Range has drawn people for 14,000 years. That’s right, thousands of years. The region stretches from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. Maps, multimedia presentations, and 3D exhibits display everything from 7,000 year old bush huts and toolboxes to events leading to the Sand Creek Massacre. Complete the visit with an interactive experience involving Cheaper Charlie’s Shed.
Other exhibits consist of paintings by Jill Soukup (March 26-May 22), history of the neighboring town of Niwot (same dates), and an exhibit honoring Longmont native Vance Brand, who served with NASA’s Apollo program.
Gather information about summer programs for all ages from camps to concerts. In fact, the museum even offers a volunteer opportunity for teens. With a shortage of summer jobs, perhaps your teen (between ages of 14-19) would consider helping in the Longmont Museum’s summer camps program. The Museum lists these perks for volunteering:
- Earn hours for National Honor Society, IB, and other programs.
- Build a resume for college scholarships and job applications.
- Give back to the community!
- Provide a fun experience for children.
If you have younger children who need something to do during the summer, the summer camps range from two to four days with costs from $220 for 4 three-hour days to $70 for 2 three-hour days. Downloadable registrations and brochures are on the website. Camps include science with CU Science Discovery and interesting titles of Life in Ponds and Streams, Ocean Discovery, Science Magic, and Super Duper Science. Art and culture camp titles are Hunters, Artists and Tipi Makers, Searchers, Seekers and Settlers, Art-Rageous Animals, and Beading and Jewelry Making of the Sea. The two-day art class is Skateboard Deck Painting.
Preschool children can participate in Discovery Days all year long. This interactive drop-in program engages children (ages 2-5) in creative, and sometimes messy, arts & crafts projects with a parent. Costs are minimal and a 10-day punch card may be purchased.
Events include free concerts for the whole family of all types of music. Donations are certainly appreciated but not necessary. Sit on the grass in the courtyard with your picnic while being entertained by these groups:
- Bill Barwick, America’s premier cowboy and western musician.
- Low Flying Knobs, an all women’s Afro Pop marimba group
- Colcannon – Irish music from a Colorado band.
- The Modniks - rock music of the 1960s British Invasion and California Sound.
From June 4th through September 28th, the museum presents the life, legend, and art works of the naturalist American artist John James Audubon. A fee is charged for this exhibit. Learn about the 28 year Audubon project which resulted in four 50-pound life-sized volumes of “Birds of America”. The exhibit presents 64 prints from the first edition.
All information, registrations and brochures can be found at http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum. Check it out. You’ll enjoy the experience.