Right inside the front door is a picture wall that shows the progression of Salida throughout the years. The largest whitewater festival in the country, FIBArk, has an exhibit explaining how it came to be. The all important railroad and mining industries are presented in a unique way allowing the visitor to learn about what brought white settlers into the valley. Re-creations of an old general store, schoolroom, doctors office, and parlor bring the visitor back in time. The south side of the museum features an extensive rock and mineral collection including many specimens found in Chaffee County and the large exhibit on Native Americans provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these proud and humble people.