Neptune Mountaineering has completed its redesign of the museum housed within its retail store located at 633 South Broadway, Boulder, CO and expects to have it completed by Sept. 30, 2013.
The museum houses various pieces of climbing and skiing equipment, mainly from the most significant period of mountain and polar exploration, the mid 1800s to the last half of the 20th century. There is also a large collection of photographs from this period. The museum will be represented throughout the 15,000-square-foot store and the redesign will be aimed at organizing parts of the current collection, creating more story lines and enhancing the value for the skiing and climbing community from all over the world.
gThe larger part of the display is a timeline of technical rock and ice climbing gear dating back to 200 years ago. And, almost as large is the area devoted to the high peaks and the poles. This is less of a timeline and more of an opportunity to tell stories while weaving in some history,h Neptune, added.
A single-store mountain shop located in the shadow of Boulderfs Flatirons, Neptune Mountaineering first opened its doors on April 1, 1973. In the beginning, Neptune Mountaineering primarily repaired climbing and ski boots, and installed edges on wooden skis and re-shafted axes. Today the store is full of climbing, backpacking and backcountry ski equipment and gear, and the companyfs founder, Gary Neptune, has filled the shop with artifacts of his related passion for climbing and skiing. The gmuseumh within the store began to take shape in the late 1970s and has become one of the most extensive collections of its kind throughout the country.
gWe love having the museum within our store and wefre excited to see how Gary will showcase the many artifacts and stories that follow through this redesign. Therefs always tremendous energy and interest about the museum and hearing Gary tell the stories behind each piece makes each tour unique,h Jennifer Mull, CEO of Neptune Mountaineering, said. gBeing a part of this process has generated so much excitement within the store and the climbing community that we look forward to sharing the updates with our customers as well as those who travel from all over the world to see these relics within the walls of our store.h
For more information about the museum at Neptune Mountaineering, visit www.neptunemoutaineering.com.