The Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures strives to become an internationally renowned center for the celebration and preservation of world arts and cultures. Guided by this vision, the museum’s mission is to foster and celebrate international connections between Northern Colorado and the world through exhibits of folk art, crafts and artifacts from around the globe; to provide reference and research materials and training; and to become a clearinghouse where internationals in the region connect.
Beginning in June 2006, members of the community wanted a place to engage and inspire visitors to learn more about world cultures, people, art and history in order to promote world understanding and foster peace. The Global Village Museum was created and opened its first facility in March 2010. In April of 2011, the museum relocated to a larger space on Mountain Avenue where the museum’s diverse collections and artifacts are on display in one of three gallery spaces: Main Gallery, Mundoville Gallery (International Folk Art in Miniature), and the Village Arts Gallery.
To date, the museum’s collection includes hundreds of ethnographic items, art and archaeological objects from around the world. Objects represent many historical periods, myriad world cultures that illustrate the diversity of ancient and traditional techniques and materials used by people from every continent. The collections are valued at several million dollars. The museum collaborates with private collectors to enhance exhibits and expand educational opportunities.