Plan to visit the Arvada Historical Museum which is physically and literally at the core of the Arvada Center: physically in that it is located on the main level at the very middle of the Center complex; literally in that the museum has been at the heart of the Center since the larger institution’s inception.
The Museum’s History
It may surprise many to know that the museum was germinal to the Arvada Center’s founding. In 1972 a group of area citizens, headed by teacher, historian and author Lois Lindstrom Kennedy, established the Arvada Historical Society for the purpose of promoting and preserving local history. Soon the society needed a suitable facility to collect, maintain and display artifacts of historical significance to the community. Lindstrom Kennedy and the society’s bold advocacy led in 1974 to a city bond issue to build a museum and cultural center. The vote passed and construction began the following year. What came to be called the Arvada Center opened July 4, 1976.
Except for major holidays when the Arvada Center is closed, the museum is open Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm. On theater performance evenings the museum remains open till 7:30. Admission is always free.