Museum Holiday Closure Dates

Please note the following dates that the Museum will be closed for the upcoming holidays.

  • Veterans Day – November 11th & 12th
  • Thanksgiving – November 25th & 26th
  • Leonard C. Burch Day – December 10th
  • Christmas Eve – December 24th
  • New Years Eve – December 31st

Museum Closure

Due to risks associated with COVID 19, we will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.


The Southern Ute Museum offers an experience for everyone; with four exhibits in the museum: the Permanent Gallery, the Temporary Gallery, the Veterans’ Alcove, and the Welcome Gallery.

While you’re visiting SUM, be sure to stop in the Museum Store as new items are available almost weekly!  We look forward to your visit.

Writing & Storytelling Presentation with Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations.  She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English and the University of New Mexico where she received an MFA in creative writing.  Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company.  She guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally.  Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love); she is an advocate of heartwork and believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:00 AM
Tanaya Winder will present an interactive presentation and reading of selected poems. She will also discuss the importance of writing and storytelling, and give writing prompts with time for participants to write and share their writings.

This event is free and open to the public.