The San Luis Museum
And Cultural Center

See The Oldest Town In Colorado

401 Church Place
PO Box 9
San Luis, CO 81152
(719) 672-0999
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San Luis Museum
and Cultural Center

Originally Built By The WPA In The Late 1930s
San Luis Museum and Cultural Center
The building, renovated in 1978, has 2,600 square feet of Solar Connectors.
The main section is completely solar-heated.

San Luis is referred to by anthropologists as "a distinct socio-cultural era of exceptional interest".  The town was founded in 1851 and was once a part of four Spanish Land Grants decreed by the King of Spain.  Here you will find the "vega", one of the two remaining "commons" in the United States, the oldest water rights in Colorado, and the oldest family store in the state.

The Museum features murals and works of art from its own collection and on loan from various artists and collectors, many of whom are local residents.  The Gift Shop offers paintings and other art objects by various local artists.

The north wing of the complex houses the Carlos Beaubien Theatre, which shows movies on summer weekends and in the past has been used to host the Santa Ana / Santiago Queen Pageant.  The theatre has also been the setting of several stage performances, presentations, and concerts.  Because much of the original decor has been maintained throughout the building, the original vigas and fireplace still grace the theatre.

An auxilary building houses a branch of the First Western National Bank of La Jara, the Costilla County District Court, La Sierra Newspaper, and other offices.

You can discover more about the San Luis area at the official site of the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway

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Mural - San Luis de La Culebra SAN LUIS DE LA CULEBRA

Mural by Carlos Sandoval
1981
HISPANIC RELIGIOUS ITEMS

KNOWN AS SANTOS
OR BULTOS

On Display in the Morada
Santos
Mariachi San Luis THE MARIACHI SAN LUIS

Perform at the Museum
RALLY

At the Museum
Rally at the Museum
Diorama - San Luis in 1887 DIORAMA SHOWING SAN LUIS IN 1887

By Pueblo Artist
Loyola Atencio-Gutierrez
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Celebrated November 1st
Exhibit on Display from October through Early December
Dia de Los Muertos
La Cultura Constante LA CULTURA CONSTANTE
de San Luis
HISPANIC COLCHA EMBROIDERY

Flour Mill in San Luis
Esther Esquibel de Romero
1976
Hispanic Colcha Embroidery - Flour Mill in San Luis
Hispanic Colcha Embroidery - Sangre de Cristo Parish Church HISPANIC COLCHA EMBROIDERY

Sangre de Cristo Parish Church
Daisy Ortega
1976
FRANCISCO de CORONADO

Explored The
San Luis Valley
In The 1500s
Map of Coronado's Expedition
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