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The Animas Museum

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.  For the latest on activities and events at the museum, please check here or on our Facebook page.

Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar

Join us Friday, December 1st from 5pm until 7pm and Saturday from 9am until 3pm. Local vendors will have arts, crafts, baked goods, quilts, pottery and hand-knit items for sale, perfect for holiday gifting. On Friday night, enjoy refreshments by the fire in the Joy Cabin.

Your Donation Goes Further Colorado Gives Day!

Please give where you live and support us on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 5! This 24-hour movement is a chance to increase the value of your donation, thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Created by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, the fund increases the value of every dollar donated proportionally.

Schedule your donations now to arrive on Colorado Gives Day

Take your time and schedule donations at your leisure! Your donations will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 5, and still count towards the $1 Million Incentive Fund and cash prize tallies.

To schedule your Colorado Gives Day donations in advance, go to ColoradoGives.org/laplatacountyhistoricalsociety.


Be sure to "Like" ColoradoGives.org on Facebook. To tag ColoradoGives.org, type your message and when you are ready to include your name and tag us, type @ColoradoGives, and a hyperlink to the ColoradoGives.org Facebook page will appear for you to choose.

History La Plata 2017

Download a copy or read online the latest edition of History La Plata and please support our generous sponsors!

A & L Coors Inc., Animas Valley Audiology, Basin Printing, Brennan Oil, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango Antique Market, The Durango Herald, Durango Magazine, Fetch's Mining & Mercantile, First National Bank, Fredrick Zink & Associates, Hair Fusion: Terri, Kari, Vanessa, Holly, Mary Beth, Suzy & Karly, Kroeger's Ace Hardware, Leland House & Rochester Hotel, La Plata Electric Association, Mac's Liqours, Mountain Bike Specialists, Nature's Oasis, Ore House, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Southwest Colorado Federal Credit Union, Strater Hotel, Toh-Atin Gallery, Zia's Taqueria.

Click here to see photos of Durango's Historic Real Estate

Please suppport the museum by donating today!

Panorama of the Joy Cabin

Panorama view of the Joy Cabin.

3065 West 2nd Ave.,
Durango, CO
(Corner of 31 St
and West 2nd Ave.)
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Adults: $5.00
Seniors 65+: $4.00
Children 7-12: $2.00
Members and Children
6 and under: FREE
May - October:
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
November - April:
Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 4pm
P.O. Box 3384
Durango, CO 81302
(970) 259-2402
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