Arts and Culture

One of the most amazing parts of visiting an intimate mountain town like Crested Butte is the array of intriguing art galleries, museums, and historic sites offered. Here, you’ll find plenty of original works of art and engaging history lessons off the streets of our storied town. Whether you’re traveling solo or bringing the whole family, there’s something that will satisfy even the most artistic of tastes! Here are our favorite local landmarks for great art and rich history.

The main focus of art in the Gunnison Country is the incredibly inspiring landscapes we live and play in. As Crested Butte grows so does the variety and selection of art in local galleries for patrons to discover. Crested Butte has some of the most supportive and engaged collectors anywhere, whose patronage attracts highly sought after artists from across the country. Over the past ten years the gallery has grown to represent over 35 artists, including six locals, at all career points ranging from artists found in top collections to promising early career painters. Unique to Crested Butte, Oh Be Joyful Gallery offers a deep selection of museum quality artwork ranging from perfect little gems to monumental masterpieces. The quality and breadth of artwork in the gallery has attracted clients from over 30 states and several countries.

location: 409 3rd St, Crested Butte, CO 81224

phone: (970) 349-5936

The Paragon Art Gallery is a local cooperative made up of 14 members, all of which are from the Gunnison Valley. The cooperative was created in 1979 to promote and support local artists and the visual arts throughout the valley. We encourage innovation and growth in our members and in our community. The Paragon Art Gallery sponsors many community benefit projects including the Guest Artist program, the People`s Fair, financial support for local school art programs, and other various projects.

location: 132 Elk Avenue

phone: (970) 349-6484

The Trailhead Children`s Museum

We have many hands-on educational exhibits in two floors of our 2800 sq foot facility.

For all museum visitors we also provide guided learning activities in our Art Bar such as Kids Create and the Exploration Station.

We offer a selection of education opportunities through our Art & Science Camps, After School Classes, and programs for toddlers, pre K, and Kindergarten.

We collaborate with many local organizations to enrich other educational programs in our community and to offer affordable access to our Museum. Some of our partners include the Crested Butte Music Festival, the Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Gunnison County Libraries, Gunnison County Public Health, and the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.

location: CB Center for the Arts

phone: (970) 349-7160

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

In 2001, the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum had outgrown its space. Board members with a love for Crested Butte`s past and a vision for the Museum`s future developed a plan to purchase and preserve Tony`s Conoco, a beloved local landmark, while also getting the Museum the space it needed. Museum fans rallied around the idea and raised $1.2 Million in 11 months to buy the building and turn it into a museum.

location: 331 Elk Ave

phone: (970) 349-1880


Described as “among the best gemstone the world has ever seen”, Crested Butte Lapis Lazuli and sterling silver jewelry is the perfect choice for any occasion.

First discovered in 1939, the riches of the Blue Wrinkle Mine are today exclusively showcased at Zacchariah Zypp & Co. in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Through the stewardship and design of owner Noel Adam, the “heavenly blue” beauty of this magnificent gemstone can be worn by all.

location: 317 Elk Ave

phone: (970) 349-5913

The Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts Crested Butte is home to popular signature events and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor attractions. Visitors young and old enjoy a year-round schedule of live music, dance and theater performances as well as art exhibits, speakers and much more. For more than 20 years, Center for the Arts has been committed to providing arts and cultural experiences that inspire and entertain all audiences, whether they call Crested Butte home everyday or just for the weekend.

location: 606 6th St

phone: (970) 349-7487

Pfister`s Handworks

We feature a wide variety of cards, stationery, decorative accessories, t-shirts, toiletries, toys, hats, christmas ornaments, teddy bears, wind chimes, Colorado souvenirs, jewelry, pottery, hand carved bears and much, much more.

location: 302 Elk Ave

phone: (970) 349-6731