Brighton City Museum
Who Are We?
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.
- "Brighton’s Painted Past: The Centennial Historic Paintings" available online
- Brighton City Museum wins 2019 "Reaching-In Award"
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and first Saturdays (excluding holidays) 10AM - 4PM
**12PM - 1PM by appointment only and closed Wednesdays
****Please note at this time, our hours have changed due to COVID-19. We are taking researchers on a by-appointment-only basis. See the "research" section below for more information.***
Historic City Hall Visitors! In order to gain access to the building, you must use the call box located outside the building to gain access.
CALL US on the call box at #012 (Labeled Brighton Historic Preservation)
We have a small but mighty research library available to the public. The research room holds the same hours as the museum: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and first Saturdays (excluding holidays) 10AM - 4PM. Closed Wednesdays.
At this time, we are asking all researchers to book an appointment ahead of time so we can make sure to accommodate your visit safely. Follow this link to get your appointment ticket booked: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museum-research-tickets-112734766722
If you have any questions, please call Bri Schreck, Museum Specialist, at 303-655-2288. Masks and temperature checks are required upon arrival.
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 1940s);
- Colorado Times newspapers (circa 1940s);
- The Rocky Nippon newspapers/The Rocky Shimpo newspapers (circa 1940s);
- 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.
We are working to make our exhibits more accessible to you! Currently, we have two (2) museum exhibits for you to enjoy!
Follow this link for: “A Reserve of Public Service: The History of Brighton’s Armory"
- This is a virtual version of our temporary exhibit at Historic City Hall. We wanted to bring the exhibit to your homes since it opened just prior to the CoVid-19 Pandemic. This exhibit highlights the pre-history to the present of Brighton’s Armory and it’s Colorado Volunteers, now called the National Guard, that helped in its construction.
- This is a virtual exhibit of the Historic Paintings created by Charles Egebretson, commissioned by the Brighton Federal Commercial Savings. Through discussions with the city’s historians in the 1970s and 80s, Egebretson was able to complete these 10 paintings in time for the city’s Centennial Celebration (1987).
The Brighton City Museum is always looking to expand its collection with items that fit our mission and vision. We would be honored to continue to share your piece of Brighton’s history. If you have questions about the donation process and what items we are currently seeking, call Bri Schreck, Museum Specialist, at 303-655-2288.
- New Permanent Donation Form (PDF)
- New Permanent Donation Form (DOC)
- New Temporary Loan Form (PDF)
- New Temporary Loan Form (DOC)
***Please note at this time we are not looking for new volunteers due to COVID-related concerns. ***
The Brighton City Museum is always looking for volunteer help! At this time, many of our projects match up with our current collection that is predominantly archive based. For example, some projects we would look for help on are:
- Typing out digitized letters so they can be searched in our online Museum software
- Indexing historic police records
- Indexing Brighton Blades and other newspapers
We can also always find other projects that might suit your interests more! For more information about volunteering with the Brighton City Museum, call Bri Schreck, Museum Specialist, at 303-655-2288. You can also view our new volunteer form, here.