Wheeler / Stallard Museum

Due to public health recommendations, all public programming and museum hours are suspended. This includes operations of the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and AHS Archives. Please email info@aspenhistory.org for any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

620 W Bleeker Street
Tel: 970.925.3721
Fax: 970.925.5347

Hours of Operation:
Open with docent onsite Tuesday – Saturday, from 11am – 5pm
The museum is closed all Sundays, Mondays and major holidays

Free for AHS members
$10 adults / $8 seniors / children 18 and under free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Free for active military personnel through the Blue Star program
Admission is free for all on the first Saturday of each month and on Saturday, September 21, 2019 for Smithsonian Museum Day.
*Admission fee includes access to the Holden/Marolt Museum during the summer

About the Museum:
The Wheeler/Stallard house is a Queen Anne style Victorian built around 1887/1888. The first floor of the Museum is interpreted as a Victorian Aspen home and the second floor gallery features rotating exhibitions to explore area history.

Site History:
Jerome B. Wheeler built this Queen Anne style Victorian in 1888 for his family. Situated on an entire city block, the home was one of many stately properties in Aspen’s West End neighborhood. Despite his plans, his wife Harriet Macy Valentine Wheeler refused to leave their mansion in Manitou Springs, Colorado and the family never lived in the house. Edgar and Mary Ella Stallard moved in 1905, eventually purchasing the house 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.


bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen

December 4, 2018 – March 2020

Aspen Historical Society presented “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen,” open December 2018 – March 2020 as part of Bauhaus 100: Aspen, a community-wide celebration of the centenary of the German art school “Bauhaus.” This new exhibit delves into the profound, but often unnoticed influence of Herbert Bayer’s work on Aspen, Colorado. Following his arrival in 1946, Bayer’s Bauhaus ethos and artistic vision began to shape the modern aesthetic and way of life in the Aspen community. He pioneered historic preservation in the area, designed a Bauhaus-inspired campus at the Aspen Institute, influenced local architecture, built innovative earthworks and helped guide the community’s cultural and philosophic values. Aspen Historical Society’s never-before-exhibited Bayer collection offers a unique view into his extensive works – both fine art and commercial – sharing a glimpse into Bayer’s lasting impact through preliminary sketch studies, original prints, architectural drawings, graphic design works, historical photographs, and more.

Due to public health concerns, the “bayer & bauhaus” exhibit was forced to close early. In effort to extend the experience for the community, AHS is offering complimentary copies of the comprehensive exhibit catalogue. View the catalogue digitally, or pick up your collectors item copy on the museum front porch.

Thanks to our generous supporters for making this exhibit possible:

Catalogue Underwriting
Lynda and Stewart Resnick

Exhibition Support
Lynda and Stewart Resnick

Susan Taylor and Robert Pew, in Honor of Fidel Duke
The Aspen Times*


Charles Cunniffe Architects
First Western Trust
Soledad and Robert Hurst

Gail and Alec Merriam
Valley Fine Art Limited
Aspen Welding*

*donation in-kind

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. (The Archive Office is closed for all major holidays, including Martin Luther King Day on January 21, 2019).

Click here to learn more about the Archive Building and the Community Gallery photographic displays.