Historical society, museums return to summer hours | AspenTimes.com

Historical society, museums return to summer hours

The Aspen Historical Society has returned to its summer schedule.The office at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, at 620 W. Bleeker St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and the museum’s historical archives will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.Museum hours for both the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum are from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.Admission fees to the museums are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children 12 and under. One fee is good for admission to both museums.The society also announced the opening of two new exhibits in the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, with a grand opening for the exhibits scheduled for July 8. The Aspen Historical Society also operates the Ashcroft and Independence ghost towns in partnership with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Tours of Ashcroft (11 miles south of Aspen on Castle Creek Road) are available through Labor Day and cost $3 for adults and are free for children under 10. Independence ghost town (13.5 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82) is open daily through Labor Day with self-guided tours available.The society also conducts West End Walking Tours, which highlight the Victorian architecture and landmark buildings in Aspen’s historic West End, children’s programs presented in conjunction with the Aspen Art Museum, and special events throughout the summer. The grounds of both the Wheeler/Stallard Museum (Ruth Whyte Park) and the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum are also available for rent for private functions of up to 250 people. For more information on museums, activities or the history of Aspen, call 925-3721 or visit the society’s website at http://www.aspenhistory.org.

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