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Brighton City Museum Vision:


The Brighton City Museum started in 2016 and is administered and cared for by the Brighton Historic Preservation Commission. The Brighton City Museum also seeks to preserve the heritage of Brighton for future generations.

Our Mission: The Brighton City Museum’s mission is to be the center where all visitors can connect to the unique past, present, and future of Brighton as told through our collections. 

Our Vision: Our vision is to preserve, interpret, and make accessible the heritage of Brighton for the benefit of the public and history itself.


We have a small but mighty research library available to the public.  The research room holds the same hours as the museum, Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 4.  Some of the things we have available include:

  • City Directories - 1923 through 1968;
  • Brighton Blade newspapers;
  • Fort Lupton Press newspapers;
  • Adams County Register newspapers;
  • Japanese American News - 1941 through 1958;
  • The Nichi Bei newspapers (circa 1940’s);
  • Colorado Times newspapers (circa 1940’s);
  • The Rocky Nippon newspapers/The Rocky Shimpo newspapers (circa 1940’s);
  • Maps-1916 Willits Farm Map/City aerials/other historic regional maps;

Think we might have something but don’t see it above? Try searching our PastPerfect Online collections mentioned above. Not there either? Give us a call at 303-655-2288!

Past Perfect Online Can’t visit the museum? Visit it virtually!  We have an online collection tool that allows you to search items we have cataloged and uploaded. This includes Brighton Blade newspapers, historic photos, and even objects from our collection.

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Come see our current exhibit! Brighton: A New Look at the Past

Our current exhibit is a collaborative effort between the Brighton City Museum staff and graduate students from CU-Denver. A New Look at the Past is an examination of Brighton, reaching all the way back from Indigenous Peoples to the present-day Brighton.  Excited to learn about what we have before you visit? Check out the PastPerfect Online collections linked above.