Wheeler / Stallard Museum

620 West Bleeker Street
Tel: 970.925.3721
Fax: 970.925.5347

Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday through Saturday, June 12 – September 29* from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
*The museum is closed all Mondays and major holidays, including July 4th, Thanksgiving and the Friday after, Christmas Day, New Year’s day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Labor Day.

$10 Adults | $8 seniors | Free for children 18 and under and active military personnel
Free on June 20th for the new exhibit Grand Opening
Free on the first Saturday of each month
*Admission fee includes access to the Holden/Marolt Museum during the summer.

Jerome B. Wheeler built this Queen Anne style home in 1888. Despite his plans, his wife Harriet Macy Valentine Wheeler refused to leave their mansion in Manitou Springs, Colorado and the family never lived here. Edgar and Mary Ella Stallard moved into the house in 1905, eventually purchasing it in 1917. The family lived here for forty years. The house last served as the residence of the Aspen Institute’s president before the Aspen Historical Society purchased it in 1969.


Freak Power: Hunter Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff

June 12 – September 29, 2018

On display in the second floor gallery of the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, this guest exhibit features a collection of political art and writing from Hunter S. Thompson’s 19070 campaign for sheriff of Pitkin County. AHS has partnered with Freak Power curator DJ Watkins to share a special selection of the exhibition’s 125 pieces alongside select artifacts from the AHS Collection.
The exhibition chronicles a little-known period in the gonzo journalists life through original material from the campaign, photographs, and political art, telling the story of his plan to transform Aspen from a conservative mining town into a mecca for artists and activists. What started as a satirical campaign for sheriff fueled a local political and social movement that connected to a national undercurrent. As weird a tale as his own works of fiction, Thompson’s campaign may have been his most thought provoking and impactful escapade of all.

Made possible by ZG Chicks and media sponsors, The Aspen Times.

Archive Building

Archives & Collection Research

Located on the same property as the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, the Archive Building is home to the Society’s Archives and a good portion of the Collection.

AHS operates one of the largest public archives on the Western slope, an invaluable public resource for the local and regional community. A significant portion of the Collection is housed in the Archive Building, including over 40,000 historical images, oral histories, newspapers, manuscripts, films, and other records, as well as many of the 6,000-plus artifacts that have been accessioned by the Society for the benefit of the community.

The public is invited to use the archives for research, for anything from genealogy to birth certificates to historic land use records. Archive technicians are available for research assistance, appointments are recommended. In addition, over 20,000 historical images from the AHS Collection can be searched and purchased online at ArchiveAspen.org.

Research appointments are available from 9am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. Call 970.925.3721 or email archives@aspenhistory.org to book.

Click here to learn more about the Archive Building.