Located in of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Steamboat Art Museum (SAM) is dedicated to collecting, presenting and preserving fine art with a focus on culture and heritage of Northwestern Colorado.

Established in 2004 by a group of Colorado artists and art supporters and opened to the public in 2006, the Steamboat Art Museum is housed in the 1905 Rehder Building on Lincoln Avenue, which has been transformed into a world-class exhibition space and museum store. More about Steamboat Springs.

The Steamboat Art Museum is housed in the First National Bank/Rehder Building, which was built in 1905 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The building is significant for its unique architectural style, its age, and degree of preservation and the fact that it symbolized the progression of the area around it, which grew from a frontier town in the early 1900’s to a bustling and economically viable commercial community in the 21st century.

The original building was constructed in a combination of the Romanesque and Renaissance Revival styles and despite being renovated and restored, has maintained its historical and architectural integrity. Today, the Rehder building stands in the center and as an anchor for the downtown business district of Steamboat Springs, as well as an icon for the newly designated Downtown Historic District.

Exhibitions in Steamboat Art Museum

The Steamboat Art Museum presents a variety of shows throughout the year, which have included an international exchange with Mexico, and an inspiring local collection of Russian Art dating back to the 1930s. Other exhibitions and shows have included three national traveling exhibits, and shows of notable master artists, such as Jim Norton, Clyde Aspevig, Scott Christensen, and Quang Ho.


The Steamboat Art Museum offers a wide variety of events and workshops for visitors, ranging from presentations by exhibiting artists and open studios to hands-on and interactive workshops. It also provides educational programs for visitors of all ages, including the Steamboat Art Museum Art Reach program, which is designed for scholars and students of all ages and provides artistic opportunities at the museum. The Steamboat Art Museum In-Reach Program is led by a licensed art educator and offers the opportunity to complete an art project related to the current exhibit.

Visitor Information

The Steamboat Art Museum is located at 807 Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Museum offers guided docent-led tours that explore the current exhibitions and facilitate engaging activities for all ages and the Museum can be rented or special events and functions, such as parties, gatherings, meetings, and reunions for up to 65 people.

The Steamboat Art Museum Store sells a range of art-inspired objects and items, ranging from jewelry, clothing and apparel, pottery, and woodwork to paintings, prints, photos, painting supplies, and books, including exhibition catalogs.

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807 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488, Phone: 970-870-1755, website, Map