Hours of Operation
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm (Summer hours)
Call 719-738-2858 for more info or to make an appointment. For School Tour Visits please email your preferred dates and times to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Museum on Main Street's
Crossroads: Change in Rural America
by the Smithonian Institute
August 26 through October 8, 2023
Opening reception on Saturday
August 26, 2023 from 5-7 PM
“Crossroads” explores how rural American communities changed in the 20th century. The exhibition looks at that remarkable societal change and how rural Americans responded. Our goal is to get every school age child in Huerfano County to see this exhibit!
Created by the Smithonian Institutioni's Museum on Main Street