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current, past & future

Hours of Operation

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm

Call 719-738-2858 for more info or to make an appointment. For School Tour Visits please email your preferred dates and times to:

welcome to the museum of friends

The Museum Of Friends (MoF) is a contemporary art museum that opened in October,  2006 in the Southern Colorado rural community of Walsenburg. Brendt and Maria Cocchiarelli’s shared vision for the new museum was to create a place where everyone feels welcomed and the art created by all people valued. The initial collection of 600 works given by their friends became the core of the collection. Over the last 15 years it has grown to over 1600 works that includes paintings, sculptures, fine art prints, drawings, photographs and digital media.  MoF occupies 10,000 square feet of museum display space, with classroom areas, a gift shop and a lower level. MoF's inclusive and egalitarian open door policy intents to uplift the community through engaging programs to develop creativity, inclusion and educational opportunities.  Many exhibits public and educational programs explore cross cultural understanding and tolerance the necessary ingredients for a just and peaceful society.

MoF’s grand opening in October, 2007 encouraged the community to explore the building with tours on the 2nd floor that included: the permanent collection, the administrative offices, an art  resource library, visiting artist apartment and two galleries devoted to the Pacific. These explore pre-Columbian Mexican, Australian, Japanese, Southeast Asian and focus on Aboriginal Polynesian artifacts.  The works on display are greatly treasured by Brendt Berger as they have been passed down to him from his Native Hawaiian ancestors. 

In 2010, MoF began to occupy the entire building including the first and lower level establishing the changing exhibition and educational programs, and gift shop Made in Walsenburg.

current exhibits

Jeff Madeen's

Parlor Tricks

and Other Games of Chance

February 25th through March 25th, 2023

Opening reception on Saturday

February 25th, 2023 from 5-7 PM

Madeen’s sculptures are constructed with a deep understanding of the vocabulary of sculpture. His works make the viewer think about what it is we are seeing and how we are related to the work in the physical space. Jeff Madeen’s philosophy connects his creative output to his current vocational drive as the founder of the Blo Back Gallery in Pueblo.


Parlor Tricks and Other Games of Chance

Larry Racioppo's

St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero


September 3, 2022

Opening reception Saturday, September 3rd, 2022
from 5pm to 7pm

Larry Racioppo’s exhibit  St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero are color photographs that document the transformation of St. Paul’s Chapel post 911.  


Larry Racioppo was born and raised in South Brooklyn, and he has been photographing throughout New York City since 1971.


Visit to learn more. 


St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero

2nd floor exhibits

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book tour

Click here to book your self-guided or personal tour. 


shop store

Shop merchandise featuring artists from our collection. 


shop art

Purchase art from artists in our collection.

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permanent collection

photo and audio tour

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