Welcome to the Steamboat Art Museum!

Steamboat Art Museum


The Russian Experience -

Thank you for your sponsorship of the "Russian Experience"; Ace Hardware, Gary and Kathryn Fresques, Wild Horse Gallery, and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Through your generosity, SAM was able to share this fabulous collection with our town and guests. A Special Thank You to the collectors who loaned us this wonderful collection for the winter. The Board and staff would also like to thank all of our great volunteers who share a part of their day each week to make our museum the anchor of the arts and culture scene downtown.

Summer Exhibits at the Steamboat Art Museum:



Upcoming Exhibit: Colorado Nature Photography Invitational

The Steamboat Art Museum is pleased to announce that an exhibition of photographs showcasing the talent of a select group of accomplished and emerging nature photographers living and working in Colorado will be at the Helen Rehder Gallery in the Museum starting May 30, 2014. A Photographers Roundtable Forum with a number of the exhibiting photographers participating will be held at 10 am on Saturday May 31.

Opening Reception: Friday May 30, 5 pm FREE

Photographer's Roundtable Forum: Saturday May 31, 10 am. $20 ($10 for members).  



Save the Date for the Macnab Fundraiser Party!

Cowboys, Cowgirls, Cocktails and Conviviality July 8th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Macnab 2014 


Mark your calendars folks!  You are not going to want to miss the 3rd Annual Macnab Fundraiser Party, that benefits the Steamboat Art Museum, July 8th at 5:30pm.  Once again it will be a night of Great Food, Top Notch Art Auction, the best Cowboy Music with the Yampa Valley Boys, and a few surprises.  For More information call 970-870-1755 or e-mail sam@steamboatartmuseum. 





Calling all art enthusiasts!

Described below are a couple of the volunteer opportunities that are currently available. If you are interested in volunteering, please call SAM at 970-870-1755 to discuss your interests and/or complete the attached volunteer application.   Download Volunteer Form


Duties: Volunteers in this position must enjoy meeting and speaking with the public. Duties include, but are not limited to: greeting visitors, answering questions and giving exhibit information.

Qualifications: Willingness to interact with the public, share art knowledge and answer questions.

Training: General orientation and specialized training is required.

Hours: Minimum of 4 hour commitment per week.



Duties: Volunteers in the gift shop sell merchandise, inventory stock and display items.

Qualifications: Willingness to perform a variety of tasks, interact with the public and answer questions.

Training: General orientation and specialized training is required.

Hours: Minimum of 4 hour commitment per week.




The Steamboat Art Museum (SAM) opened its doors in 2006 and has since then held seventeen successful exhibitions. More than 45,000 people from 48 states and 13 foreign countries have visited us.

Current exhibit: "The Russian Experience - A Private Collection", opened on December 6, 2013 and will run until April 12, 2014.








Thank you to our sponsors, donors, members and supporters!

 Current exhibit sponsors:

 ACE Hardware

Gary Fresques

Wildhorse Gallery

Yampa Valley Community Foundation  

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 Thank you all for your support!________________________________________________ 



Steamboat Art Museum Mission Statement:

"The mission of the Steamboat Art Museum is to collect, preserve, and present fine art to the public, with a primary focus on the culture and heritage of Northwestern Colorado."


Steamboat Art Museum was formed in December of 2005. In 2006 the City of Steamboat Springs was given the historic First National Bank building located in downtown Steamboat Springs. The gift was from the estate of Helen Rehder, a long-time area rancher and artist, who stipulated that the building be used as a museum. SAM has signed a 99 year lease with the City for the entire building and is undertaking restoration of the historic building.