Trinidad is home to five museums, three of which are currently regularly open and are included in this itinerary. Trinidad also has two other museums, the Louden-Henritze Museum of Archaeology and the Miners Museum, but they are not currently regularly open. Private tours may be scheduled at the Miner’s Museum in advance.
Start your day off right at Tony’s Diner, just down the way from the Trinidad History Museum. Try the huevos rancheros with a good cup of coffee!
This museum is part of a larger complex of museums administered by the History Colorado. Visitors receive an in-depth view of Trinidad’s history, which is set within the larger context of the region. Be sure to check out this unique museum located inside the Baca House, which is a piece of history itself! Donations are very appreciated. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grab a tasty bite to eat at The Café on Main Street. Enjoy a salad or a wrap with a specialty beverage or baked good!
Right across the street from the Café, you’ll find the AR Mitchell Museum of Western Art, which features works by Arthur Roy Mitchell, an illustrator and artist specialized in Western art, along with various pieces by other artists working in the same genre, early Hispanic and native American pieces, and historic photographs. Donations are very appreciated. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you’re wanting a quick snack or beverage, stop in at Perkatory Café before hopping into the car or onto your bike to head out to Art Cartopia Museum. Try a latte with a muffin or dessert bar baked in-house…you will be glad you did!
Drive to Art Cartopia Museum to finish off the day with a zany twist! Art Cartopia is an art car museum that sprang out of the wild success of Trinidad’s yearly art car parade, ArtoCade. In addition to the art cars parked out front, visitors can peruse a huge garage full of over 15 fantastical art cars, as well as the indoor art gallery and new outdoor sculpture garden. Donations are very appreciated. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
After a long but satisfying day touring Trinidad’s museums, you’re probably ready for a good dinner! Moose’s Social Club and Martini Bar features a full bar, tasty comfort fare, and patio seating, in addition to the cozy rustic dining available indoors.
***Special thanks to community member and active board member/museum enthusiast Kristen Rogers for her help putting this itinerary together. In addition to being a local museum-goer and board member for both Art Cartopia Museum and Trinidad’s Arts and Culture Board, Kristen has also worked in museums in both Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ, facilitating activities and projects connecting area communities and museums. We hope you enjoy your time here and please contact us with any questions!