2010’s popular Night at the Museum back with more fun

The Museum of Western Colorado is hoping to put the “fun” in fundraiser with its “Return of the Night at the Museum of the West” event for all ages.

It is the second time the museum has staged the event.

With help from adult actors of the Lost Theater Troupe, museum officials will let children explore the museum with a guide to meet historical characters, and more. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23, Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25.

Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for groups of five. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the museum, 462 Ute Ave., or at the door.

People who purchase advanced tickets will have the opportunity to choose the specific time they want to go on their guided tour of the museum. Those who purchase tickets at the door will be given whatever times are left.

David Bailey, curator of history/director of the Western Investigations Team, exchanged emails with Out & About reporter Melinda Mawdsley.

O&A: Is this event modeled after the popular “Night at the Museum” movies?

Bailey: The event is similar to the “Night at the Museum” movies, although there have been dozens of movies ... where a curse brings things to life at a museum. Our museum event features many characters from western Colorado history such as Juan Rivera, an early Spanish explorer; Chipeta, Chief Ouray’s wife; and early settlers, outlaws, saloon girls and miners. There are also colorful characters from world history and the Southwest: Genghis Khan and Billy the Kid and, of course, “live” dinosaurs. The characters come to life after cursed gold is stolen from a museum exhibit. Instead of watching “Night at the Museum,” you are part of the action with your zany tour guide.

O&A: Who is the zany security guard?

Bailey: Professional actors Mike Combs and Brent Basham are the zany comedic security guards/tour guides.

O&A: What would typically be going on in the museum during these same hours?

Bailey: The museum is usually closed at night and is only partially lit for this event, giving an eerie feeling as you walk through, with many special effects added for entertainment value.

O&A: Are there any noticeable changes between your previous event and this one?

Bailey: There are many new characters, an astounding special effect, and a much larger dinosaur.

O&A: How old is too old to attend this?

Bailey: It is fun for every age. Our highest compliment last year was from an 8-year-old who said, “This is better than Disneyland.”


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