Museum of Friends

A nonprofit organization

Visit MOF to discover the Art History of Southern Colorado. The first museum of Counter Culture Art in the US presents socially engaged programs with our BIMPOC community for visitors from Colorado and beyond. MOF is housed in the Historic Roof and Dick Building built over 100 years ago and is currently restoring it with help from private and public funders.


*Kristen K


We participated in the annual Marketplace of Ideas.  It was a beautiful set

•Nancy J

We just stopped in for a peek and spent an hour. The reception could not have been warmer. This place is a gem. There is a great exhibit at the moment (Artists from the Libra Community) . The woman in charge, Maria, gave us a great tour plus background information on the area. A nice gift shop as well.

Best kept secret in small town Colorado. Changing collections on the main floor. Permanent collection upstairs should not be missed. Includes local and national artists.

Jacques L
I was tickled to stumble across this amazing collection of fascinating works right in downtown Walsenburg. Maria and Brendt are wonderful folks who are happy to show you around and have a chat about the many eclectic pieces that make up their museum. Highly recommend!...

Kim W
Fantastic museum in Walsenburg; definitely worth taking the tour of the amazing upstairs gallery with a wide variety of national and international artists. Really cool space and friendly staff!

A fine collection of contemporary art in an unexpected place
A gem in southern Colorado. The Museum of Friends houses a large and significant collection of works by noted contemporary artists including painting, photography, and sculpture. Located in the historic Roof and Dick building in the center of Walsenberg, the first floor of the museum holds rotating exhibits and the second floor the standing collection in a light and airy space. Well worth a visit.

"Friends of the Museum of Friends" Save the Roof and Dick Building Art Sale and Exhibit" December 2nd through March 20th 2018

"Love this Place" D C I, Director, Denver

"This is awesome and wonderful" B C, Denver

"Really enjoyed the exhibit and the tour" J V Homecastle, England

"A real treasure for Walsenburg" M P Fox T, Walsenburg

"You have it!!!! Tres bien" J F, Walsenburg

Visitor Comments

•I came from Brazil for the "Drop City" exhibition to meet the artists which is a dream come true., Sao Paulo
•Grateful to have a communal art space and shop that shows the local talent to spark thought. AWESOME!, Gardner
•Thanks for much for the opportunity to work as an artist with you. You were wonderful., Walsenburg
•Amazing show, the "Drop City" photos were fascinating. Keep up the good work. La Veta,
•Lovely, cannot wait for the Friday Art Lab., Walsenburg
•The variety and beauty present in this collection is a beautiful haven in Colorado. Thanks for this unique opportunity. Colorado Springs.
•This museum is a breath of fresh air. Brendt & Maria are doing something very special here. Walsenburg is enriched by their presence. The Children's Art Program does amazing things. LOVE the garden boxes.
•What a wonderful visit!! We were meant to be here. We'll spread the world about MOF. Thanks for the wonderful and memorable time. New York.
•The exhibit was very amazing. Thank you very much for the information you provided, you provided excellent context., Denver
•Your planters are gorgeous. GOOD JOB!, Walsenburg
•The art class is fun., Walsenburg
•A beautiful place to visit. Am amazed with all the art. Will return to spend more time and bring friends. Pueblo.
•MOF was a most pleasant discovery. Aurora, CO.
•Thank you for such an amazing and diverse keep collecting! Denver.

The following comments were obtained from high school participants' evaluations of the "Criss Cross" and "Drop City" exhibition "School-Tour Program"

Evaluations from the School Tour Program, 2015:

1.This was my first visit to the Museum of Friends. After seeing the exhibits, I feel I'd be interested in a summer internship at the museum. I interpret the paintings as a reflection about being one person with your own identity, in something bigger that erases the individual person for the group. It also made me think of an exhibit I saw in the contemporary art center on a visit to Denver.
2. On my first visit to the Museum of Friends, the paintings woke my imagination and the sculptures made me see details. These exhibits are important because they are coming from people in Southern Colorado culture. It makes me see how things can be different. The paintings are trippy in some way just because of the designs. It causes you to think. I will probably visit the museum again because I really enjoyed the paintings.
3.This was my first visit to the museum and seeing the sculptures made me think of Greece. These exhibits are important to Southern Colorado because they put this part of the world on the map and they brought more attention to the area where I live. I may return for another visit.


The Museum of Friends (MoF) seeks to honor the artists who have freely given art to the museum's founders, thereby establishing its collection. The museum's mission is to foster an open inquiry toward cultural education and its ideals through exhibitions, public and educational programs, and an extensive public reference library, in addition to its permanent collection. It pledges to serve the state of Colorado as a cultural resource, and to create opportunities for the underserved and underrepresented and under-resourced community of Walsenburg and Huerfano County.

Background Statement

MoF’s 18-year presence on 6th and Main in the historical Roof & Dick building has kept alive the meaning of the entrepreneurial spirit of working artists. MoF’s perseverance by developing socially conscious exhibitions and programming has created jobs, attracted tourism, and promoted relocation to our beloved town. Impossible became possible with your generous support, and we will continue to attract creative capital, investments and social impact dollars to this growing region in Southern Colorado.

MoF grew from the seeds of 1960's civil unrest, the Vietnam War and the efforts of counter-culture artists who were reinventing the purpose of art in society and the commercial gallery system. MoF is located in Huerfano County due to its founders' friendships with the artists who founded Drop City in 1964 and those who then founded the community of Libre. The Museum of Friends (MoF) was established in the historic Roof and Dick building in 2005. This building in the heart of downtown

Organization Data


Organization name

Museum of Friends

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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109 East 6th Street
Walsenburg, CO 81089


P.O. Box #506 Walsenburg
Walsenburg, CO 81089


600 Main Street
Walsenburg, CO 81089

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Huerfano County, CO, US





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