One of only 700 museums fully accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Littleton Museum is the home for the history, culture, and art of the town of Littleton.
After the 2004 renovation, the Littleton Museum was extended, and, from 2005 it comprises of four galleries, a lecture hall, educational classrooms and offices and a research center. Located on 6028 South Gallup Street, the museum stretches over 39 acres, and includes two old farms, a small lake, a collection center, an exhibition space, and an administration building.
The Littleton Museum is also known under the name of the Affiliate, due to the fact that it was accepted by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to be part of the esteemed Smithsonian Affiliate Program. The Littleton Museum is, consequently, the first collecting museum in Colorado and the first museum in Denver area that has been accepted in such a program. This status brings not only fame to the institution, but more importantly, it brings numerous opportunities to host temporary exhibits, traveling exhibits and even permanent exhibits. Moreover, the Museum can access the educational resources offered by the Smithsonian Affiliation program.
Visiting the museum is free of charge for anyone wishing to learn about the culture and history of the area, and the exhibitions and activities are designed to be appeal to all categories of age. The Museum’s doors are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, excepting the Mondays when the institution is closed. One can also visit the museum on weekends, when the program is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Sundays.
The Littleton Museum houses annual events, sponsored by the Friends of the Library foundation together with the museum, such as A Holiday’s Eve in early December, the yearly craft fair held the first Saturday of October, and a harvest festival where children can select their own pumpkin on the second Saturday of October. Also, during the summer, a series of free concert are included in the annual events.
The Museum runs a program called Adventures in History, targeting children who are interested to learn about the life in the 19th century South Plate Valley, by spending a whole week experiencing it. The program is open to students who enter the fourth, fifth or sixth grade in the fall.
The Littleton Museum keeps the roots of the community alive, by making possible a continuous journey back in history and by offering a better understanding of the past to the visitors.