History Museum

History Museum

The Arvada Historical Museum is physically and literally at the core of the Arvada Center. Found on the main level, it has been at the heart of the Center since the beginning.

The museum’s own history

It may surprise many to know that the museum was germinal to the Arvada Center’s founding.  In 1972 a group of area citizens, headed by teacher, historian and author Lois Lindstrom Kennedy, established the Arvada Historical Society for the purpose of promoting and preserving local history.  Soon the society needed a suitable facility to collect, maintain and display artifacts of historical significance to the community. Lindstrom Kennedy and the society’s bold advocacy led in 1974 to a city bond issue to build a museum and cultural center.  The vote passed and construction began the following year. What came to be called the Arvada Center opened July 4, 1976. Still today, the museum continues its close association with the Arvada Historical Society.

Twice the museum has expanded, first in 1992 and again in 2006.  The second enlargement and remodeling provided a 750 square-foot multipurpose meeting and classroom and an 8000 square-foot secured, climate-controlled exhibit preparation and collections storage facility.  The main display area, additionally enlarged by 750 square feet, was also refurbished with new carpeting, lighting systems, pedestal and casework, photo and text graphics.

Haines log house

The showpiece of the museum is the actual 144-year-old Haines log house, furnished much as it would have appeared when Asahel and Abigail Haines raised their six children in the exceedingly small quarters—without electricity, indoor plumbing, or most comforts taken for granted today.  The humble pioneer dwelling was unoccupied and near collapse in 1978 when a team from the Arvada Historical Society carefully removed it, log by log, from its original site at the present-day location of Blunn reservoir in west Arvada. In 1981 it was restored inside the museum. Few local history museums have anything like it!

Item Donation

The history collection housed at the Arvada Center History Museum is owned by the Arvada Historical Society, and all donation offers must be made to the Historical Society. Contact the Historical Society here.

Donation Requirements

Home,Reignite the Arts,Art at Home,Support Arvada Center Artists,Visit Us,View All Events,Gift Certificates,Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express,The Velveteen Rabbit,Dance Art Start Demonstration,Ballet Concert: The Wizard of Oz,Jazz Dance Concert: Mind, Body, Soul….What Makes Us Human,Keyboard Conversations: Celebrating Beethoven!,Coffee Concerts: American Pianistic Treasures,528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition,Imprint: Print Educators of Colorado,Ultimate 70s Tour: Poco, Orleans & Pure Prairie League,Face Vocal Band,The Australian Pink Floyd Show,Colorado Symphony's Beethoven 2020 Tour,Cleo Parker Robinson Dance,CJRO plays Funk and Soul – featuring Robert Johnson,The Music of John Williams and the Movies with the Colorado Symphony,Wonderbound presents The Sandman with Gasoline Lollipops,Rodney Atkins,3rd Law Dance/Theater,The Denver Brass - Totally Awesome Summer Mix,The Capitol Steps,The Wind: Musical Theatre Workshop,Pink Progression: Collaborations,Donate Now,Corporate Giving,Dining Partners,Theatre,main stage musicals,Black Box Plays,Theatre for Children,Auditions,Galleries,Current Exhibitions,Upcoming Exhibitions,Art Sales,Art Submissions,Viral Influence Call for Entry,Sculpture Field,History Museum,Education,Virtual Class FAQ,View All Classes,Classes for Kids,Classes for Adults,Summer Camps,Summer Camps Virtual,Ceramics,Front Range Youth Symphony,Dance Academy,For Educators,Arts Day,Arts Day Outreach,Ageless Adults,Music and Dance,Jeffrey Siegel,Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra,Humanities,On Their Shoulders We Stand,Private Events and Rentals,Straight Talk Series ,Straight Talk with Philip Sneed,COVID’s toll on Colorado theatre: 224 productions and counting ,Straight Talk with Lynne Collins,Straight Talk with Rod Lansberry,Straight Talk with Phamaly, Buntport, Colorado Shakes and Rocky Mountain Rep,Straight Talk with Creede Rep, Town Hall, Candlelight and Theatre Company of Lafayette,Straight Talk with Aurora Fox, BDT Stage, Cherry Creek Theatre and Misfits,Straight Talk with Su Teatro, Vintage, Backstage and Counterweight,Straight Talk with Local Theater Company, Theater 29, The Source and Equinox,Straight Talk with the Denver Center, Jesters Dinner Theatre, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue and Germinal Stage-Denver,Actors' union issues safety guidelines for re-opening,Straight Talk with square product, Forge Light, Springs Ensemble Theatre and Coal Creek Theatre of Louisville,Straight Talk with the Fine Arts Center, Miners Alley Playhouse, Dangerous Theatre and Lone Tree Arts Center ,Straight Talk with Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Northglenn Arts,Inside the Arvada Center,Director's Notes: A Midsummer Night's Dream,All About Printmaking Techniques,Watercolor Class,Humans of the Arvada Center: Meet Collin Parson ,Arvada Center Makes Masks,Earth Day Craft,Christina Noel-Adcock,"Bright Star" cast unveils video as message of hope,Podcast: B+ with Geoffrey Kent and Jessica Austgen ,Humans of the Arvada Center: Meet Christine Moore,Humans of the Arvada Center: Steven Cogswell,Humans of the Arvada Center: Ashi K. Smythe,City of Arvada to install new sculpture in Hoskinson Park,Volunteer at the Center,About Us,Ticketing Policies,Contact Us,Ticket discounts,Accessiblity,Health and Safety,Ticketing Exchanges and Refunds,Errors,404,Temp,New Website