Museum of the West gun display.

Outlaw Suicide Gun, Replica Uranium Mine

Field review by the editors.

Grand Junction, Colorado

With a name such as "Museum of the West" it's important to offer a broad range of exhibits for visitors. This place has the expected one-room schoolhouse and Anasazi pots, but also a simulated stagecoach ride, Conquistador armor, an observation tower, a collection of baseball bats, an exhibit on World War II POW camps, a replica walk-thru uranium mine, "The Jensen Tablet" -- an infamous 1950s archeological fraud -- and a selection of Wild West outlaw firearms, including the gun that Kid Curry, of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's gang, used to kill himself when cornered by the law.

Museum of the West mine replica.

Most unexpected of all is an ancient golden chalice-shaped relic that was brought to the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and promoted as "The Holy Grail" -- but is now thought to be a 5th century lamp.

Outlaw Suicide Gun, Replica Uranium Mine

Museum of the West

Address:
462 Ute Ave., Grand Junction, CO
Directions:
In the Museum of the West. Downtown. On the north side of US Hwy 50/Ute Ave. between S. 4th and S. 5th Sts.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
970-242-0971
Admission:
Adults $7.
RA Rates:
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