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About Us

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.

Out of an abundance of caution, the La Plata County Historical Society's Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to close to the public. Starting Tuesday, September 21 we will remain open for research by appointment only. If you are interested in doing research, please call the Museum at 970 259-2402 or send an email to info@animasmuseum.org to make an appointment.

We offer a variety of exhibits and programs online. Please contact us for assistance with access to our research library and photo archives at info@animasmuseum.org

Join us by clicking here. Thanks to Alpine Bank for their support creating this video.

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Learn about the Great Fire of 1889

Download a device friendly copy of the walking tour here or a printable version of the pdf here. You can also pick up a copy at the Durango Welcome Center (Main Ave. & 8th St.) or the Durango & Silverton Railroad Museum.

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The La Plata County Historical Society/Animas Museum wants to thank the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado for recognizing that we were able to “Pivot to Pirouette” during the pandemic and awarded LPCHS a 2021 CERF grant.

History La Plata is live!

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