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About the Aurora History Museum

T. Scott Williams
Museum Director

Elizabeth Ricci
Collections and Archive 

Keith Outcelt
Education Curator

Deborah Teany & Emily Miner
Museum Educators

Christopher Shackelford
Exhibits Curator

Eric Chapman
Exhibits & Marketing Assistant

Chris Geddes
Aurora Historic Sites and Preservation Office

Valarie West
Front Desk/Visitor Services

Loretta Smith

The Aurora History Museum is part of the Library and Cultural Services Department for the city of Aurora. The Cultural Services Division is the largest single provider of arts and culture in the city of Aurora offering programs in performing arts, fine arts, history, and public art.

The Aurora History Museum opened its doors in 1979 in a historic building with two small galleries and an office. In 1990, the museum moved to its present location and re-opened in 1991. The museum collects and exhibits artifacts and documents pertaining to the history of Aurora and Colorado.

Mission Statement

The Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites engages our entire community to interpret and foster pride in Aurora's story.

The Aurora History Museum does not accept unsolicited applications. See current job postings for the city of Aurora.

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In addition to financial support from the city of Aurora, the Aurora History Museum is partially funded by the following organizations:

Since 1989, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history.
Aurora Museum Foundation
The Aurora Museum Foundation was established in 1989 to support the Aurora History Museum and the historic sites at DeLaney Farm, Gully Homestead, Coal Creek Schoolhouse and Centennial House. The Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, elected by the membership, and is a private, non-profit foundation organized under 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status. The Sanders Museum Store is located in the lobby of the Aurora History Museum. Purchases made in the store support the mission of the Foundation.


Become a Foundation Member
The Aurora Museum Foundation not only works to preserve the past, but also helps the community experience the past through the Aurora History Museum. By becoming a member of the Foundation, you are becoming a part of your community’s heritage. Foundation members volunteer to raise money for future museum programs, preserve and catalog the archive/object collections, teach school and group programs and facilitate special events and family programs.

Aurora Historical Society of Colorado

The Aurora Historical Society (AHS) seeks to preserve the past and promote the history of Aurora for future generations through education, outreach, and stewardship.

The mission of the Aurora Historical Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history and especially in the history of Aurora, Colorado. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American Heritage.

The Society’s major function is to educate the citizens of Aurora regarding its history and to discover any material, which may help establish or illustrate the history of the area. The AHS works to disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing information, holding meetings and programs and using media to awaken public interest.

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