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D&SNG Museums

Experience our Colorful History in the D&SNGRR Railroad Museums

The D&SNG offers two great museums; one at each end of the line. We are proud to share this history of railroading, transportation and mining with people from around the world. Exhibits are added frequently and admission is FREE so visit often!

D&SNGRR Museum in Durango

MuseumIn Durango,  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. Click here for more information on the Durango railroad museum.


D&SNGRR Museum in Silverton

493 in Silverton yardIn Silverton, by taking a short walk or drive to the Silverton Depot at 10th and Cement Streets, you will open the doors to the history of the rail and mining industry. During its heyday, three railroads operated out of Silverton! Although it was built as a temporary structure in 1882 and was bombed in 1975, the Silverton Depot still stands as a testimony to the strength and endurance of the townsfolk in this mountain town. Baldwin Locomotive #493 was originally built as standard gauge in 1902 and converted to narrow gauge in 1928 is on display in the freight yard along with many pieces of rolling stock. The Depot is open on dates when the train is operating to Silverton. Click here for more information on the Silverton railroad museum.

Be sure to come visit our Museums and see all that we have to share with you!   For more information call our Ticket Office at 888-TRAIN-07 (872-4607).

The Silverton Museum is open May through October and the Durango Museum is open year-round corresponding with the passenger service train schedule. Please check with the ticket office for exact dates and times.

Both museums are overseen by our curator Jeff Ellingson, a D&SNG employee since 1986, watercolor artist and historian.

For a fee, Yard Tours are available May-October and give you a chance to see the inner workings of the D&SNG. The one-hour tour allows you access to some the restricted areas of the yard, machine shop, roundhouse and car shop with one of our experienced tour guides.  Call ahead to reserve your ticket to join one of our twice-daily tours. Spaces are limited!

To see more photos, visit the Museum Album on our Facebook page.

If you enjoy history, please visit other Museums in the Durango area.

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.

Silverton visit San Juan Historical Society Museum in Silverton CO  Ask about our Heritage Pass.
Save on a tour package; Old Hundred Mine Tour, the Mayflower Mill and Mining Heritage Center & Jail.

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 Experience the unique history of the Ute people through their eyes. The main gallery will provide valuable insight into defining stages of Ute History.


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