On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the Littleton Museum will increase capacity from the current 50 visitors per hour to 100 per hour and eliminate the requirement for advance reservations.
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.
The Littleton Museum has four galleries which highlight the history, art, and culture of the community, as well as traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution and other museums. On display in the Littleton Gallery is the permanent exhibit “Littleton: Spirit of Community.” The Fine Arts Gallery will host a new Fine Arts Board Eye of the Camera photography exhibit, Myths and Legends, which opens March 19 and runs through April 24. The temporary exhibit ‘The Way We Played” remains on display in the Changing Gallery; this show has been extended into the summer because of COVID-related closures. The Kids Connection, a high-touch interactive experience for the Museum’s youngest visitors, is closed due to the pandemic. Ten people are allowed in the galleries at one time. School or organized groups will not be permitted. Visitors should be in groups of ten or less, maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from other visitors, and are strongly encouraged to limit their time at the museum to one hour. Masks are required.
Masks worn over the nose and mouth are required for entry into the Littleton Museum (does not apply to children ages 2 and under).
The Littleton Museum offers visitors a unique link between Littleton's past and present. Located on 40 acres adjacent to Ketring Lake, it encompasses three exhibition galleries, a children's interactive gallery, research center, lecture hall, and two 19th-century living history farm sites.
The 1860s homestead farm and the 1890s turn-of-the-century urban farm represent how people lived and worked during the early years in Littleton and the South Platte Valley. Museum staff and volunteers dressed in period-appropriate costumes, work on the farm sites, run the working blacksmith shop, and teach in Littleton's first one-room school house, offering a "living history' perspective to the museum visitor.
The permanent gallery exhibits a comprehensive historical look at Littleton from pre-history to the present through graphics, photography, and artifacts from the museum's collections. The fine arts gallery hosts original art and photography, including exhibits sponsored by the Littleton Fine Arts Board. The changing gallery displays temporary and traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution, other museums, and the Littleton Museum's collections. For the museum's younger visitors, the Kids' Connection provides interactive hands-on exhibits and activities.
The research center containing the museum's non-circulating collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs focused on Littleton and the surrounding area is open to the public by appointment. Staff and volunteers are available to assist with research.
The Littleton Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and was the first museum in Colorado to be recognized as an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
From a child's delight at seeing the animals on the farm sites, to scholarly exploration in the research center, to attending one of the many events on the museum grounds, there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy at the Littleton Museum.