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Restored 1905 Classroom

View from Teacher's Desk

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.

"Wish You Were Here... Journeys to La Plata County" tells the compelling stories of how we came to be in La Plata County.

L&D Exhibit

Law and Disorder

Opened in the Fall of 2012, Law and Disorder 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.

Fire Exhibit

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.

Native American Gallery

Trails, Roads & Rails

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.

Walking Tours

Of Historic Downtown and the Third Avenue Residential District are available for groups of 10 or more with two weeks advance notice. Contact the museum for more information and reservations. Tours generally last one hour and cost $10 per person. You may also download self-guided tours for Main Ave or for Third Ave.

3065 West 2nd Ave.,
Durango, CO
(Corner of 31 St
and West 2nd Ave.)
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Adults: $4.00
Seniors 65+: $3.00
Children 7-12: $2.00
Members and Children
6 and under: FREE
May - October:
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
November - April:
Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 4pm
P.O. Box 3384
Durango, CO 81302
(970) 259-2402
via email