A World-Class Museum Shaped Through the Efforts of Kids Whose Lives Were Shaped in Scouting

From the beginning, the museum was built on a shoestring with a little hope and a little faith. The museum’s artwork and artifacts were purchased with coins from a soda machine and the dollar bills […]

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About Us

The Koshare Museum traces its history back to the bottom of the Great Depression. During this time, a group of Boy Scouts became interested in Native American heritage.

For fifty-four years, under the inspired leadership of their Scoutmaster, the scouts and those that followed assembled an impressive collection of Native American and Western arts and artifacts.

A tour of the museum, not only provides visitors with the opportunity to view a significant collection, but it also provides an inspiring story of the potential of our youth.

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Koshare Collection Highlights

The museum is home to the world’s largest self-supported log ceiling, but there is more to museum than just its architecture.  Many of our visitors are often blown away by the Native American and Western […]

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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Founded in 1949 by a group of Boy Scouts, the Koshare Museum is one of the most unique collections in the world. In the setting of the museum’s collection, explore an inspirational story of the […]

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Events & Performances

Enhance your museum experience! Our variety of special events will engage individuals, families, and groups throughout the year.  Every month features a new experience for all ages and interests. Join us the second Thursday of […]

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Group Visits

Select Your Group Experience   We are excited to welcome your group to the Koshare Museum! Groups of ten or more are eligible for special group discounts. Explore the many wonders of our Native American […]

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Boy Scout Groups

This is not your typical museum.  The museum was born from a scouting project which continues its proud history to this day.  For more than sixty-five years, the museum has hosted hundreds of thousands of […]

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Upcoming Events

85th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

On June 14th thru June 17th, celebrate eighty-five years of history and the incredible story of the kids who inspired people all over the world.  Throughout this weekend, visitors can take part in several special […]

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A Night in the Museum

Experience dances, activities, and stories as the museum comes to life during this special kids’ night performance and overnight. After the performance, when the museum doors close, you and your children will take part in […]

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Founder’s Day Celebration

The season closing of the Koshare Summer Performances closes with a special tribute to our late founder James Francis “Buck” Burshears.  Join the Koshares for a special ceremony at Buck’s grave in Calvary Cemetary.  Follow […]

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Museum Features

The Taos Founders Room

Visitors are often stunned by the original artwork from the “Taos Six” hanging in our Taos Founders Room.  Museums in small towns like La Junta usually do not carry original work from such significant artists.  […]

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Youth Hostel

Since 1950, the Koshare Youth Hostel has been hosting scout troops, school groups, and youth organizations from all parts of the world.  The hostel is an extremely popular stop for Boy Scout Troops traveling to […]

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We Believe…

In educating, inspiring, and equipping young minds with the life skills and resources needed to live far greater lives.

The Koshare Story

On November 11, 1949, the Koshare Museum opened its doors to the public. From the day of the grand opening, this was no ordinary place. The dream of this museum began well before the official opening; it began at the bottom of the Great Depression with a group of young Boy Scouts whose spirit of determination, desire, and passion created the most extraordinary youth-built-museum in this country... [Learn More]