Greeley Museums bring history alive—sometimes quite literally. The best example is Centennial Village, a living, breathing town square from 100 years ago. Over seven acres of immaculately restored land, time-swept citizens go about their lives as they would have in the last century: they toil at the blacksmith, file grievances at the courthouse, and a lucky few put up their feet at grand homes.
But though the seasonal city is the antique jewel in this historical tiara, it's hardly the only chance to learn about the past. The History Museum dips its toes into other eras, visiting the bicycle craze of the 1800s, the challenges of the homefront in the 1940s, and the grudge match between the town's namesake Congressman Horace Greeley and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. At the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, a 5,500-square-foot model railroad feels at home among 600 railroad artifacts and a full-size caboose. And the Meeker Home offers a look inside the lives of the Meeker family, who founded Greeley with a vision of a utopian future.
Green Buffalo Food Company lets customers avoid the grocery-store rigmarole by gracing doorsteps with certified organic and locally grown fruits and veggies that are free from harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and GMOs. Each week, clients choose their favorite seasonal veggies and fruits, which they can eat solo or use to create crowd-pleasing and wholesome meals from Green Buffalo Food Company’s regular recipe suggestions. Every box full of healthful, delicious greens and fruits feature items from area farms such as Fossil Creek Farms, Triple V Ranch, and Fiddletown Bakery and help customers connect their diets to the earth without munching on a gob of molten mantle.
Green Buffalo Food Company keeps a close eye on its chain of supply to keep up its commitment to sustainability. The company uses the shortest routes possible for deliveries and cuts down on wastefulness by using recyclable packing materials and composting organic waste.
This charming art gallery and custom-framing shop enriches and preserves treasured artwork with a selection of more than 2,000 molding samples. Consult with the seasoned staff about the best options for displaying the piece, whether it's a two-dimensional watercolor or a three-dimensional relic, such as a trophy or hunk of cheese. Decorate a favorite 8"x10" photo with UV glass, acid-free backing, and 1/2" basic black frame ($57 without mat) and add a 2" acid-free mat ($93 with mat) or other upgrade options, including ornate frames, fabric mats, and edible glass. Before committing to a preservation plan, the friendly framing experts use Picture It First software to create a digital rendering of the project.
The museum at Old Town's former post office doesn't just exhibit art—it is art. Built in the Second Renaissance Revival style favored during its construction, the building was entered in the National Registry of Historic Places for its iconic architecture and complete lack of vampire bats. It's been the home of the Fort Collins Museum of Art since 1990, and in that time has housed original and specially commissioned works by contemporary artists. The museum has also celebrated historical greats with exhibits from the likes of Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.