The Loveland Museum and Gallery is a great place to visit, and they make an effort to help the community develop a sense of appreciation for art. Their mission includes collecting, preserving, and interpreting Loveland's rich history. They share art with the community, as well as historical exhibits, programs, and events that allow for enrichment and learning for all age groups. It received accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1990 and was reaccredited in 1999.
One of the most popular features of the museum are the adult and child art classes. Adult classes include watercolor painting, mosaics, pastels, woodblock printing, and acrylic. There are several varieties of class within each medium and the price range of the classes is from $58 to $150. The price is discounted for museum members.
The poetry program at the museum is a great way to celebrate the beauty of the spoken and written word. There is a poet's co-op that runs annual events, and there are often poetry evenings held at the museum.
The museum's Outreach Trunk program is a great way for teachers in the district and homeschooling families to bring hands-on history lessons into their homes and schools. Trunks can be reserved for a weeks at a time, and need to be picked up and returned by the borrower. Trunks include lessons in archaeology, candle making, cattlemen, Colorado Indians, Colorado miners, corn grinding, K'Nex Connector Toys, Homesteadres, Mountainmen, and Pioneer Tools. The Candle making trunk includes candle making supplies, the Cattlemen trunk is filled with a lariat, bridle, hate, pony stick, and spurs and chaps. The Mountainmen trunk is packed with a beaver trap, tinder box, powder horn, belt ax, and photos, and the Colorado Indians trunk features an arrow, musical instruments, two drums, photos, postcards, beads, feathers, bells, and moccasins. Each of the trunks is a great way to get kinds interacting with materials from history and it helps them learn better because being able to see and tough the materials that were used sparks their interest.
Known as the Sweetheart City, Loveland is one of Colorado's best loved towns. The historic downtown area features restaurants, unique shops, bookstores, and outdoor sculpture. There are numerous casual and elegant dining options in and around the downtown area. You could truly make a day of a visit to Loveland and explore the museum, stroll the downtown streets, and enjoy a casual lunch or a gourmet dinner in the town. Accommodations include several hotels, bed & breakfast establishments, and a few dude ranches from which to choose. There are numerous parks nearby, and as always in Colorado, ski resorts are only a short drive away. You can enjoy the heart of Loveland as well as the best of the winter sports like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing all within a few minutes of each other. Whether you are searching for a quiet Colorado getaway, or looking for outdoor adventure, Loveland is near it all. While there, drop into the Loveland Museum and Gallery and enjoy one of the finest, most interesting art collections in the area.