Home Exhibits Collections Events Research Kids' Join! Support! Links Publications Facebook

The Animas Museum

The Animas Museum is owned and operated by the La Plata County Historical Society, whose directors and staff have transformed the 1904 Animas City School building into a charming local history museum.

The Museum offers a variety of exhibits and programs for all ages, and is also home to our research library and photo archives. Sample some of our photo collection here then visit the museum to see more.

For the latest on activities and events at the museum, please check here or on our Facebook page.


The mission of the La Plata County Historical Society is to keep La Plata County history and culture alive for present and future generations.

Job Opening

The Animas Museum in Durango, Colorado is seeking an Interim Collections Manager. The successful candidate will have museum collections management and registration experience, be familiar with computer systems and effectively manage paid staff, volunteers and interns. The Collections Manager must have strong communication skills and knowledge of collections preservation techniques. Proven successful grant writing, project management skills and experience with federal grants is desired. The Interim Collections Manager may be considered for the permanent position at the conclusion of the interim period. A full job description may be viewed here. Please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@animasmuseum.org by February 28.

Please suppport the museum by donating today!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our annual campaign and helped "keep the doors open." Through your generosity we raised over $14,000! We would appreciate your support throughout the coming year, and as always donations are tax deductible.

Panorama of the Joy Cabin

Panorama view of the Joy Cabin.

3065 West 2nd Ave.,
Durango, CO
(Corner of 31 St
and West 2nd Ave.)
Click Here for Map
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