Boulder is a particularly special town, but I don’t need to tell YOU that. We are a wild blend of personalities, cultures, food, art, and lifestyles creating a melting pot of unique perspectives and sometimes downright oddness. We are a colorful kaleidoscope of outdoor enthusiasts, brainy academics, music aficionados, startup junkies, art connoisseurs, and foodie fanatics.

In my opinion, there are only a few establishments in this town that truly embody this medley, and The Museum of Boulder and The Sink are two of them. The Museum of Boulder is a dynamic reflection of our community, a center where history is a resource for understanding our own lives and times. 

The Museum of Boulder is the modern name for what was once the Boulder Historical Society.  Founded in 1944 by A.A. ‘Gov’ Paddock, then publisher of the Boulder Daily Camera, to collect, document, preserve and interpret the history of the Boulder area. Over the years, they have accumulated a significant collection of artifacts, documents and photographs that chronicle the history of the area. (old boulder picture)

The Boulder Historical Society was officially organized on October 10th, 1944, when the “Territorial Pioneers” and other interested citizens convened with the intent to establish an organization and a facility to collect, preserve and display the history of the area. In 1945, voters approved a citywide bond to build a new municipal building in downtown Boulder, which would include the history museum. For many years, the Museum was a small building on The Hill, run by volunteers, and support came from memberships, contributions and small grants. In April 2013, the Museum purchased the Masonic Lodge building in downtown Boulder, and converted the building into the Museum of Boulder. It is now a state-of-the-art museum that explores not only the roots of our community, but the accomplishments today that will be history tomorrow; it brings the community together for exploration and conversations about issues facing Boulder today and in the future.

Over the years the Museum has grown to providing Boulder with nationally touring exhibits as well as developing exhibits based on Boulder stories including Native Americans, aerospace history, natural foods, sports and beer. Permanent exhibits include the Boulder Experience Gallery, The Google Garage, and the kids Playzeum. Currently, the main rotating gallery is featuring Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History, an exhibit amplifying Black perspectives and resource Black historians to preserve and share Colorado’s rich and complex Black history. Upstairs in The Lounge, a community curated space, The Sink is celebrating their 100th Anniversary with a fascinating look at it’s incredible history. This immersive experience delves into the iconic Boulder restaurant’s history, and the vibrant counter culture that surrounds it, including art, music, a film, and an interactive component for visitors near and far.

The Museum of Boulder is a must-see for locals and visitors alike! 

Artisan Holiday Craft Fair at The Museum of Boulder

  • Featuring 25 Artisans
  • Museum Exhibit Access
  • Opera Tap Caroling Crew – 12-1 PM
  • DIY Ornament Station
  • Complimentary Hot Cocoa & Coffee provided by OZO
  • Entrance is Free for Members or $15

The Sink

The Sink is another institution that comes to mind that perfectly captures the mix of oddity, vibrance, music, art, food and culture that makes Boulder it’s own flavor. 

For over 100 years, The Sink is many things to many people – a last bastion of Old Boulder, a collection of memories from their college days, a Tuesday tradition for pizza lovers, the spot where they met their college sweetheart, a museum of quirky artwork, one of the best restaurants in Boulder CO – the list goes on and on! From the iconic ceiling that captures generations of graduates to the celebrities who have crossed it off their Boulder to-do list, The Sink is a favorite stop for locals and visitors alike. 

The Sink belongs to the millions of guests who have passed through our door looking for dinner or lunch in Boulder, CO. We’ve welcomed countless University of Colorado students and alumni, and have been a locals’ favorite since 1923. Whether you’re craving a good Boulder dinner or a quick soup and salad at lunch, this is where the locals gather.  It’s hard to stake claim to being one of the best places to eat in Boulder, CO, but when you have close to 100 years in operation, it’s hard to say otherwise. 

Come visit The Hill and see why so many people have made The Sink a must-see joint when visiting Boulder, CO.

Rabbits in the Driveway

Rabbits in the Driveway is one of our favorite coffee table books featuring Boulder. Photographer Karen Jacot started a goal of walking every street in Boulder during 2020, and with her camera in hand, she accomplished this goal capturing all the unique pieces that make Boulder it’s unique self. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a longtime local, you’ll discover things that surprise and delight you. Jacot’s eye for the “extra” in the everyday ordinary tells the story of Boulderites’ lives and the ways in which we’re all connected through streets and strides. You can purchase Rabbits in the Driveway at Boulder Bookstore, here

Non-profit Nod: The Museum of Boulder

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Members receive free admission to the Museum of Boulder, discounts and exclusive shopping events in the Museum Store, plus much more. Members see special exhibitions at private receptions while enjoying complimentary cocktails and light bites, and also receive advance notice and discounts on a full calendar of events.

Author : Jessica Benjamin

Jessica Benjamin

Jessica Benjamin is the fearless leader behind Savor Productions. With her unmatched dedication to the local community, and her more than 20 years of experience in event production and marketing, Jess guides the Savor team with heart and passion. Tacos are the way to her soul, and when she's not working, you'll find her in her garden and kitchen with her family.

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