Craig The Museum of Northwest Colorado began as the Moffat County Museum in 1964. Until 1990, it was housed in the Moffat County Courthouse. In 1991 it opened at its new location at 590 Yampa Ave. in the former Colorado State Armory.
At present, the building has been almost totally renovated and restored.
In 1992 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum's operational budget is approximately $150,000 per year, which is currently funded by Moffat County. The building and the museum's permanent collection are now valued at more than $1.1 million.
The Cowboy and Gunfighter Museum housed within the Museum of Northwest Colorado showcases Mr. Bill Mackin's collection of nearly 1,000 "working cowboys" artifacts. This collection is a world renown accumulation of practically 50 years of effort and enjoyment by Mackin.
Memorabilia from Edward Johnson, a former Colorado governor and senator is on display at the museum as well.