Art & Culture in Telluride

Historic Sheridan Opera House
Local miners constructed the Historic Sheridan Opera House in 1913, as a cultural center and vaudeville theater. Over the years, famous performers gracing the stage have included Lillian Gish, Sarah Bernhardt, and Jimmy Buffet. Though once designated for destruction, the 240-seat theater now enjoys recognition as a non-profit organization used for the development of the fine arts. The structure continues hosting a variety of entertainment ranging from live concerts to Hollywood movie premieres.

Arroyo Telluride Fine Art Gallery and Wine Bar
The Arroyo Telluride Fine Art Gallery and Wine Bar offers far more than alcoholic beverages, snacks and meals. The venue features an extensive collection of contemporary southwest realism expressed through diverse two and three-dimensional genres. The majority of exhibits focus on western landscape depicted in drawings, paintings, or photographs along with pottery and sculpture exhibits. Contributing artists reside in many locations in North America including Colorado.

Michael D. Palm Theater
The Michael D. Palm Theater, located in the Telluride High School serves as the most modern performing arts facility in the community. Opened in 2004, the 667-seat, 30,000 square foot space features state of the art audio/visual equipment that includes surround sound technology, a wide cinema screen, two 35mm projectors, and a large digital projector. The location additionally houses a Steinway Grand piano, an acoustic shell and a Harlequin dance floor. Additional theater space features dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, scene workshops, and a lobby concession stand.

Telluride Historical Museum
Located in the old 1896 miner's hospital, the Telluride Historical Museum offers a look at the story of the community through the culture of the Ute Native Americans, the miners and settlers who established Telluride. The facility also displays local history revolving around transportation and the popular sport of skiing. The building features 10 theme based rooms in addition to galleries that display an array of rotating exhibits. View artifacts and historical items in specially designed theatrical displays along with interactive exhibits.

Spanning 12 blocks long and 8 blocks wide, the downtown area of Telluride gained recognition as a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. This location offers everything from elaborate Victorian homes to run down mining shacks and interesting storefronts. Guests have the opportunity of gaining insight into the culture and history of the community by enjoying a walking tour of the centuries old area. The tour typically begins at the Historical Museum and continues to various locations around Telluride. Visitors take in the sights and sounds of the downtown region highlighted by an interesting narration provided by local historians.