Last updated: 1/10/2012
Frisco, Colorado
Street Address
120 Main Street
Frisco, CO 80443
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1400
Frisco, CO 80443
phone: 970-668-3428
e-mail: simoneb@townoffrisco.com
web: friscohistoricpark.com
Hours
Open Year Round
Mondayclosed
Summer Hours (May - September)
Tuesday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday9 AM - 3 PM
Winter Hours (October-April)
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday10 AM - 2 PM
Admissions
Free
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Simone Belz, Museum Manager
phone: 970-668-3428
Description

Explore Frisco's History!

Imagine what it was like going to school in a small mining town, or building the first log chapel, or being the first to ski down untouched slopes. Experience Frisco's rich and colorful history firsthand at the Frisco Historic Park at 2nd and Main. Here you can tour 11 original 1880 buildings that were once saloons, hotels, log homes, the original log chapel, and even a dairy cattle ranch house. Another fun way to learn more about life on historic Main Street is to view photos, dioramas and artifacts at the Schoolhouse Museum, then enjoy a stroll down Main Street and compare then to now.

Become a part of Frisco's rich history. By understanding the town's history, you'll appreciate even more of what Frisco offer's today.

Kid’s Zone

Be sure to visit the Frisco Historic Park & Museum’s Kid’s Zone webpage. Take a tour with Bailey the Bison and explore the fun facts and activities on this page. Visit the Museum and go on a scavenger hunt to find Bailey in the Museum & Historic Park buildings.

Mission

The Frisco Historic Park & Museum strives to promote and preserve the Town of Frisco's heritage for future generations by providing a unique and quality educational museum experience to our community and its visitors.

Operational Goals:

To provide exceptional visitor services.

To retain quality museum staff and volunteers.

To develop and implement a museum collections management plan

To develop and implement a historic preservation plan

To offer exhibits, tours, and educational programs which promote and enhance the understanding and appreciation of Frisco?s heritage.

History

Background

On July 2, 1983, the Frisco Historical Society and the Town of Frisco officially dedicated the museum, opened the schoolhouse and park to the public, and successfully listed the schoolhouse on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the following years, additional historic structures and artifacts were donated and collected. While the schoolhouse operated as the primary museum, the other buildings functioned as artisan shops in order to attract visitors to the park. The gazebo was built in 1997 and created a wonderful venue to host community events and provide a picnic area for visitors. In 2002, the Spring House was the last building added to the park complex.

In 2006, the Town of Frisco acquired full operations of the park and museum. In addition to the mission of preserving the museum?s collection for future generations and updating exhibits regularly, the museum provides educational lectures, guided hikes and tours. Today all of the historic buildings function as exhibit space, displaying a wonderful collection of artifacts and historical information on the rich history of Frisco.

Artifact Collections

The Frisco Historic Park & Museum features 13 structures exhibiting museum collections utilized to interpret and illustrate local Frisco history and culture. The museum's collection scope is representational of and spans an era from the times of ancient civilizations to the modern 20th century. Beginning with the nomadic Ute tribes who traveled through Frisco?s surrounding canyons and waterways, the collection encompasses aspects of 19th century western exploration and pioneering, the fur trapping trade, the Colorado mining boom, and extends into aspects of local ranching, farming, commerce, and the railroad and ski industries of the 20th century. The collection is also representational of local engineering advances such as the construction of the Dillon Reservoir and the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel (a major interstate tunnel), which occurred in the 1950s and into the 1970s.

The majority of the museum's collection focuses on a 100 year span (1860s - 1960s) illustrating local provenance and is comprised of an extensive archive of books, periodicals, historical maps and photographs of or related to Frisco. In addition to the archives, the collection also contains the following various artifacts and objects; metal tools and equipment from the mining and railroad industry; household equipment and furnishings from the Western Pioneer and American Victorian era; clothing and textiles from the early 1900s to the 1960s; taxidermal animal specimens and animal pelts; ranching tools and equipment; art and sculpture. The collection also contains objects used for educational (hand-on) and decorative purposes. The Frisco Historic Park & Museum also maintains and preserves a collection of historic structures that are representational of Pioneer Log and American Victorian Architecture (See 23c. for a complete description of these structures).

Permanent Collection: 28 Active Loans (112 Objects)

The collection types are broken down into the follow:

  • 1,180 Archives
  • 2,026 Library
  • 4,026 Objects
  • 3,324 Photographs
  • 13 Historic Structures
  • Research Collections

    Photographs

    Educational Programs

    The museum develops and facilitates the following educational content:

    • Summer History Lecture Series
    • Guided Walking Tours
    • Guided Hikes to Heritage Attractions
    • Founder's Day (Annual Heritage Event)
    • Night at the Museum (Annual Event during Preservation Month)
    • Publication - Frisco and the Ten Mile Canyon
    • Audio Cell Phone Tour
    • Virtual Tour on Website
    • School Curriculum Kits and Field Trips
    Governance

    Town of Frisco (Local Municipality)

    Publications

    Town Of Frisco Scorecard (YE Report)

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Services

    Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours

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