Support the Museum!
No visit to the Animas Museum would be complete without a stop in our store.
The museum store features a wide variety of merchandise from Navajo Rugs and Puebloan
pottery, to rare books. You are sure to find something for yourself and everyone on your list and
to support the museum and the historical society.
Several authentic Navajo weavings, beadwork, and t-shirts are available for sale. Click here
for more information.
We welcome donations of artifacts, documents, and photos that are in keeping with our mission.
Items must have a
connection to La Plata County. It is best if they tell an interesting story about La Plata county
places, residents or events. Once an item is accepted into our permanent collection we assume
responsibility for its care forever. This can be an expensive prospect. Please consider a monetary
donation along with the item. Items may also be accepted for inclusion in our education collection.
These items may be handled by students, or used. Please call (970)259-2402 to discuss a potential donation.
The La Plata County Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All donations to this
organization are tax deductible. Cash donations may be directed to the general fund or may be specified to
be used in the storage and preservation of collections, the building fund, the endowment fund, or the
Generations Research Library project. Click on the PayPal button below to donate or download and fill out the donation form.
From its inception, the Animas Museum has depended on volunteers. Even today, with three paid employees,
they are an essential part of operations and programs. The following volunteer opportunities are available:
- Dedicated and detail-oriented volunteers are needed to help process a variety of interesting objects,
artifacts, photos and papers that have been donated to the Permanent Collections.
- The Museum needs volunteers to greet and assist museum visitors, sell items in the museum store, help
with research, and perform other office-related tasks.
- The Thursday morning gardeners who maintain the Museum's award-winning gardens could use more help,
and you may choose your own hours once they show you what needs to be done.
- For people who have special skills and can't volunteer on a regular basis, we can always use help
with specific jobs such as constructing exhibit modules, painting, trouble shooting computer problems, and so on.
To learn more about how you can become a volunteer, call the Animas Museum at