The Moraine Park Museum and Amphitheater, also known as the Moraine Park Lodge and the Moraine Park Visitor Center, are located in Moraine Park, a glaciated meadow between two moraines in Rocky Mountain National Park.Plan to visit Moraine Park Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rocky Mountain National Park attractions using our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.
The two structures were built to serve visitors to the park, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum was built in 1923 by Imogene Green MacPherson as the center of her private tourist development, and was then known as the Moraine Park Lodge. The National Park Service purchased the property in 1931 and demolished the surrounding cabins in following years. The amphitheater was designed and built in 1935, with the design by the NPS Branch of Plans and Designs and the construction by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The lodge was reworked in 1934-35. Both structures adhere to the National Park Service Rustic design ethic of the time, with stone and log construction.
Imogene Green MacPherson first homesteaded the site in Moraine Park in 1903, naming the land "Hillcrest". In 1905, newly married, she expanded with a lodge, dining hall, stable and some cabins for guests. Paying guest began to arrive in 1910. Mrs. MacPherson continued to operate the resort after the death of her husband in 1919, and was involved in the campaign for the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park. After her death in 1928, her family continued to run the lodge until its purchase by the Park Service.
The amphitheater is built about one hundred feet from the lodge, with seating interspersed with trees. A projection booth and screen once existed, but were removed. An elaborate arrangement of stone gutters and culverts provides drainage.
The Moraine Park Lodge adjoins the William Allen White Cabins historic district.
The museum features interactive natural history exhibits, with themes including geologic processes, glaciation, weather and climate, ecosystems, and human impact. The park offers environmental education programs based on similar themes. The lodge building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 8, 1976. The listing was expanded to include the amphitheater on June 15, 2005.
Moraine Park Museum Reviews
This is a great little rest stop! It had great information regarding the mountains and animals upstairs. The store was great too! It has similar things like the other stores, but a bit extra! This... more »
Lots to see & Park Staff are also available! Open Hours are 9:00-4:30 daily. The upper level includes a history of 100 million years ago to the present. The Building was built in 1923 when this... more »
A rustic amphitheater up a few steps and a short path from the parking lot--set on the edge of the beautiful Moraine Park. Unfortunately the amphitheater is not accessible to those with mobility limitations.
This location was beautiful for our Wedding! The nature and being outside put everyone in such an amazing mood! I couldn’t have asked for better weather and venue! The staff at the Park was super friendly when getting the permit for this location and the parking was very nice for my larger group. It was clean and everyone respected that a wedding was going on and didn’t interrupt us. The day was perfect and I would recommend this location for anyone wanted a wedding in the Rockies!
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