Explore the culture and history of Grand County, Colorado and discover the spirit of those who came before us. From Native Americans to the Pioneers to Homesteaders to ski industry founders, the heritage of Grand County is rich and storied.
Kauffman House Museum
The Kauffman House was once a rustic log house in Grand Lake, Colorado that now serves as a museum located downtown on Pitkin Street and Lake Avenue. The Kauffman House Museum features historic house displays, clothing, furniture, dolls, iron kitchenware, books, quilts, skis and winter sports equipment, stereopticon photos and more from Grand Lake's past.
The Kauffman House Museum was built in 1892 and operated as a hotel until 1946 by the Kauffman family. The house had several other owners until 1973 when the Grand Lake Area Historical Society purchased the house and restored it as a museum. This hotel, the only remaining log hotel built in Grand Lake prior to 1900, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its log architecture and because its first owner was a typical example of the men who joined the westward movement, drawn by the mining, trapping, fishing and tourist phase of the Grand Lake community and Grand County, Colorado.