Restored 1905 Classroom
Our permanent exhibit is reminiscent of school rooms across the country in the early part of the 20th Century.
The high ceilings, large double-hung windows, school-house lights, slate blackboards, and ornate desks all
speak to a different era in education.
Our newest exhibit, open in the Fall of 2012, tells the true story of life in the Wild West. Meet T.J. McCluer, Jr., the sheriff of La Plata County and see some of his belongings. Learn about the cowboys that roamed the valleys and the bitter feud that rivaled the Hatfields and McCoys. Hangings, shootouts, bank robberies -- we have it all!
Forged by Flame
In conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the Missionary Ridge fire, the Animas Museum updated this exhibit to tell how fires have changed the county.
Have your picture taken in authentic fireman's bunker gear.
Native American Gallery
Selections of pottery, basketry, beadwork and weavings from our permanent collection, from the Four Corners region and beyond, are always represented in changing exhibits.
The History of La Plata County
Our local history comes alive through this interpretive exhibit featuring historic photos and
relics from the past. "Pioneers, Prospectors and Trout - La Plata County's Rural Legacy" is
a collaborative project with the San Juan Mountains Association, Cultural Resource Planning and the
La Plata County Planning Department that includes a sampling of La Plata County's
rural heritage - enchanting barns, homes, mining and railroad structures, schools, churches
and . . . big trout!
Trails, Roads & Rails
Our popular exhibit which tells the story of Otto Mears and his road building legacy in the San Juans remains available for study.
Of Historic Downtown and the Third Avenue Residential District
are available for groups of 10 or more with two weeks advance notice. Contact
the Victorian Aid Society for more information and reservations.
You may also download self-guided tours for
Main Ave or for Third Ave.