Brighton City Museum

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Regular Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and first Saturdays (excluding holidays) 10AM - 4PM

**12PM - 1PM by appointment only and closed Wednesdays 

Important Notice!

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)

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.

Research:

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. 

Please note that for research inquiries, appointments are helpful so staff can best serve you! If you know what you might be looking for, call Bri Schreck, Museum Specialist, at 303-655-2288, so we can get your research items ready for you ahead of time.

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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Exhibits:

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.

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Donate:

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.

Volunteer:

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.