Brighton City Museum


New Exhibit Now Open - "Splendid Valley and Brighton- Story of a Place"

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Open for scheduled special events. 
Research by scheduled appointment.

Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

The museum's new core exhibit is now open. "Splendid Valley and Brighton: Story of a Place" welcomes visitors with new artifacts and the rich history of the Brighton area along the South Platte River from the earliest times to today. Children's interactives and touchable artifacts allow you to connect to the past. Admission is by "pay as you will" donation.

The Brighton City Museum is always looking for volunteer help! From helping visitors, to research, and even collection project based duties, you'll find our volunteers wear many hats! For more information about volunteering with the Brighton City Museum, call Bill Armstrong, Museum Specialist, at 303-655-2288. You can also view our new volunteer form by clicking here.

Important Notice!
We apologize for the inconvenience, but to access the building, please use the call box located outside the building to gain access. CALL US on the call box at #012 (Labeled Brighton Historic Preservation).

The Brighton City Museum features historical documents, photographs, videos, letters, diaries and other resources. In order to expedite your research request, please fill out the following form and include a detailed description of your research needs: Research Request Form.

We accept researchers by appointment only. Please contact Bill Armstrong at 303-655-2288 or to schedule a time.

Some of the things we have available include:   Research Room 

  • City Directories 1923 - 1981
  • Brighton Blade newspapers 1903 - 2016
  • Adams County Register newspapers - various dates
  • Japanese American News  1941 - 1958
  • The Nichi Bei newspapers - various 1940s
  • Colorado Times newspapers - various 1940s
  • The Rocky Nippon newspapers - various 1940s
  • The Rocky Shimpo newspapers -various 1940s
  • 1916 Willits Farm Map
  • Other City aerials & other historic regional maps
  • Oral Histories of Brighton contemporary citizens collected by Historic Preservation on various topics.

We also have our collections on Past Perfect Online!

*We are working on re-cataloguing items. Please be patient with us if you are unable to find an item that was under a previous catalogue number.*

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"Cabinet of Curiosities"

  • See our latest additions and favorite artifacts of the museum staff on display on the second floor.

The Brighton City Museum is presently taking in specific items of Brighton's past.  If you have an item that you believe is one of a kind to telling Brighton's history, or other questions about the donation process and what items we are currently seeking, call Bill Armstrong, Museum Specialist, at 303-655-2288.