Buell Children's Museum

The Buell Children's Museum is a children's museum in Pueblo, Colorado, United States that offers hands-on exhibits focusing on the arts, science and history.[3]

Buell Children's Museum
Plaza and entrance to museum.
Buell Children's Museum.
Established2000 (2000)[1]
LocationPueblo, Colorado
Coordinates38°16′10.15″N 104°36′24.04″W / 38.2694861°N 104.6066778°W / 38.2694861; -104.6066778
TypeChildren's museum
AccreditationAmerican Alliance of Museums
CuratorChelsea Johnson[2]

The Museum is accredited as a part of The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM),[4] and is affiliated with the Association of Children's Museums.


Buell Children's Museum Art Room

The Buell Children's Museum is a part of The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center which opened in 1972, with funding provided by the Economic Development Administration and Pueblo County.

In 1982, an expansion, funded by Puebloan Helen T. White, added three galleries, a gift shop and a small precursor children’s museum.

In 2000, a further expansion added the 12,000 square-foot, two-level Buell Children's Museum and the Jackson Sculpture Garden. The Buell Children’s Museum offers 7,500 square feet of interactive gallery space, a theater, a café and a gift shop.[5]


  • The Reilly Family Gallery offers changing, hands-on exhibitions.
  • Sensations is a high-tech, multi-sensory exhibit in which visitors activate lights, sound clips and videos.
  • The El Pomar Magic Carpet Theater allows visitors to watch a program or star in their own theatrical production.
  • The Artrageous Studio allows visitors to create arts & crafts.
  • The Buell Baby Barn has activities for those under four, in a barnyard theme.[3]


In 2002 Child Magazine recognized the museum as the number two arts-related children’s museum in the country.

In 2004, the museum was named the winner of the Award of Excellence in Arts & Humanities by the El Pomar Foundation.[6]

Voted the Best Museum in Pueblo by The Pueblo Chieftain readers seven years in a row - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.[7]


  1. ^ Hart, Nicki. "Buell Children's Museum launches Preschool Fridays" (PDF). www.sdc-arts.org/. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Arts Center Staff Directory". www.sdc-arts.org. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "BUELL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM". www.sdc-arts.org. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Alliance Accredited Institutions" (PDF). American Alliance of Museums. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  5. ^ "VISITOR INFORMATION". www.sdc-arts.org/. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  6. ^ "HAPPY 10!" (PDF). www.sdc-arts.org/. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  7. ^ Alyssa Parga, About Buell Children's Museum, https://www.sdc-arts.org/museum/about