Rocky Mountain History & Museums: Kauffman House Museum, Grand Lake Colorado

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Kauffman House Museum

Stop by the Kauffman House Museum when in the Rocky Mountain National Park area to step into the past and witness an early example of a residence and tourist hotel. Read More

  • The Kauffman House Museum is an early example of a residence and tourist hotel
  • Enjoy numerous collections showcasing the history of Grand Lake, Colorado
  • Open from the end of May through September and for special holidays
  • Suggested donation for admission is $5
  • Stop by when visiting Rocky Mountain National Park


The Kauffman House, built in 1892, was run as a hotel until 1946 and is the only remaining log hotel in Grand Lake. Finally, in 1973 it was restored as a museum so others could enjoy learning of the history of the Grand Lake region. The collections consist of fascinating items from early Colorado days such as quilts, furniture, postcards, paintings and dolls.


The Kauffman House Museum is at the junction of Pitkin Street and Lake Avenue on the main beach in Grand Lake, Colorado. The address of the Grand Lake Area Historical Society is Pitkin and Lake Avenue, PO Box 656, Grand Lake, Colorado 80447 and their phone is 970-627-9644.


The museum is open from Memorial Day through August from 11 am to 5 pm. Through September it’s open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 11 am to 5 pm.

Admission Fees

Admission to the Kauffman House Museum is $5 per person. Children are free.

More Info

Ezra Kauffman, who built the house, originally created a two-story log structure, using sand and cement as the caulking. For the 1800s, it was a very modern home, having kerosene lights and running water. Visit their website for more information.