The Colorado River Museum & Historical Society is moving! The new museum grounds will be located at Bullhead Community Park (still on the AZ side of the river), about 3 miles south of the Museum’s current location. Be sure to check back for more updates about this exciting transition to the Colorado River Museum & Historical Society’s new home and grand opening celebrations!
The cities of Laughlin and Bullhead City on the Colorado River – and the landscape itself – boast fascinating histories that are thoughtfully shared at the Colorado River Museum. The Colorado River Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, runs the museum in what was once a Catholic church in Laughlin. There, visitors will find exhibits and displays designed to bring the area’s past to life.
An intriguing collection of photographs and maps, interesting dioramas and memorabilia take visitors through the early steamboats that once traveled the mighty Colorado River, the eras of gold and silver mining, the area’s ranching industry, historic roads leading to and from the river and the unique culture and history of the area’s earliest American Indian inhabitants. Replicas of the area’s significant landmarks can also be found on display.
The entrance to the charming Colorado River Museum is graced by a statue of Laughlin’s founding father, Don Laughlin. Outdoor exhibits include a replica of the old Katherine gold mine and assorted mining equipment. There’s also an intricate model train display that includes mines, bridges and mountain passes, as well as a model of the motel that Mr. Laughlin purchased in 1966. With its fantastic array of exhibits, the Colorado River Museum is certainly worth a visit.
Admission to the Colorado River Museum is minimal, though this enriching cultural center depends on donations. These contributions help with establishing and preservation of museum exhibits, and support future additions to the property. When visiting this valuable historical resource, please consider making a donation!
Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM seasonlly, during the months of September thru May.
***During the peak summer months of May through September, the Colorado River Museum is closed, but appointments may be possible with inquiry. For more information, please contact the Coloardo River Historical Society at (928) 754-3399.