Animas Museum

3065 West 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301 - United States




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.


Restored 1905 Classroom
This permanent exhibit is reminiscent of early 20th century school rooms across the country. 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
This exhibit tells the compelling stories of how La Plata County came to be.

Law and Disorder: Life in the Wild West
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
Learn about how fires have changed La Plata County!

Native American Gallery
Selections of pottery, basketry, beadwork and weavings from our permanent collection, from the Four Corners region and beyond, are represented in our newly updated exhibit.

Working on the Railroad
Learn how the railroad built Durango.

The Joy Cabin
Visitors to the Museum can experience an authentic 19th century pioneer dwelling. The Joy Cabin is one of the first and possibly oldest structures still standing in modern-day Durango, and the inside has been restored to look as it did when it was first built in the 1870s.

The Peterson House
Step back into the 1930s and explore life in La Plata County in this overlooked decade.

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