The 12,000 square foot museum was created in 1998 utilizing 8 stalls of the ‘new’ 15-stall roundhouse built in 1989. Many families and old railroad workers have donated or provided artifacts that tell the history of railroading, especially from the D&RGW line.
The museum staff is knowledgeable in the history and current affairs of the local railroad. With a large selection of railroad history books, the staff is available as a great resource to help you find more information.
Pre-arranged, guided tours are offered during business hours and introduce many school-age children to the story of railroading in Durango.
Be sure to visit the Animas Museum Show your D&S train ticket to receive $1.00 off Adult Admission, $.50 off child admission. 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.
Powerhouse Science Center 1333 Camino del Rio. The Powerhouse Science Center is Southwest Colorado’s hands-on, interactive science center for all ages. Open year-round, the science center is a dynamic new place for family adventure, school field trips, early childhood learning, special events, “hanging around by the river, messing around with amazing technology, and just plain geeking out.”
Durango Fish Hatchery & Wildlife Museum offers FREE ADMISSION (donations appreciated). Open May 15-Sept 15. Located at 151 E 16th St, Durango, CO 81301. Phone: 970-375-6766
RH Crossland Foundation Museum Historical document museum located at 835 Main Avenue Ste 108, Durango. 970-385-1833.
Center of Southwest Studies 1000 Rim Drive at Fort Lewis College. Explore, study and experience the Southwest’s dynamic heritage.
Mesa Verde visit the Anasazi Heritage Center The Anasazi Heritage Center offers a wide variety of activities. Take the 1/2 mile nature trail to Excalante Pueblo and get a breath taking view of Mesa Verde, McPhee Reservoir, Four Corners and more.
In Ignacio visit the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum SUCCM.org Experience the unique history of the Ute people through their eyes. The main gallery will provide valuable insight into defining stages of Ute History.