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Animas Museum

Historic Photo of the Animas City School
Recent photo of the Animas Museum
Restored 1908 Classroom
Restored Pioneer Log Cabin
Museum Store
Native American Gallery

The Animas Museum building is the former Animas City School. Constructed in 1904-1905, this three-story sandstone building served the students in District No. 1 until that district merged with Durango's Distrist #9 in 1939. After that time, the building served as an elementary school in the Durango school system until the school was closed in 1967.

The museum building was the first structure placed on Durango's Historic Register in 1992, and it continues to be Durango's only history museum.

This mission of the La Plata County Historical Society, which owns and operates the Animas Museum, is to keep La Plata County history and culture alive for present and future generations. As part of the society's vision, it promotes public awareness of our collective past through the museum and its exhibits, educational programs and advocacy. The museum serves as a great resource for local history research with its countless books, photos, maps, cemetery and obituary records, townsite surveys, and much more.

Seasons Open: Year-round

Hours Open: November-April: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm / May-October Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm

Fees: $3 for adults, $1 Children 7-12, Free for Members and Children under 7

For More Information, Contact:

La Plata County Historical Society
P.O. Box 3384, Durango, CO 81302
970-259-2402 · fax 970-259-4749

Jill Seyfarth wrote on April 11, 2016: This is a great museum with all kinds of exhibits on local history and a restored log cabin. I particularly like the Native American beadwork and pottery, as well as the exhibit about how the Marshall shot the Sheriff in a Durango bar. Or was it the Sheriff shot the Marshall??

Tiki Carpenter, Goldcrafters; wrote on December 15, 2010: Great to see this wonderful local museum nominated! It's a treasure house of information where local history is kept alive and available.

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Latitude: 37.299187000
Longitude: -107.873410000
Elevation: 6619 FT (2017 M)
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