Teacher Martha Clark

Restored 1905 Classroom

Our permanent exhibit is reminiscent of school rooms across the country in the early part of the 20th Century. The high ceilings, large double-hung windows, school-house lights, slate blackboards, and ornate desks all speak to a different era in education.

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here...

An exhibit created in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution's Journey stores, Wish You Were Here tells the compelling stories of how we came to be in La Plata County.

Law & Disorder

Law and Disorder

Opened in the Fall of 2012, Law and Disorder tells the true story of life in the Wild West. Meet T.J. McCluer, Jr., the sheriff of La Plata County and see some of his belongings. Learn about the cowboys that roamed the valleys and the bitter feud that rivaled the Hatfields and McCoys. Hangings, shootouts, bank robberies -- we have it all!

Forged by Flame

In conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the Missionary Ridge fire, the Animas Museum updated this exhibit to tell how fires have changed the county.

Fire Exhibit

Native American Gallery

We are excited to announce that the gallery is re-opened after some major renovations.  Visit and learn more about the Basketmaker peoples that lived in the Animas Valley.

New in 2019

In the Main Gallery is our exhibit "Working on the Railroad", which opened in January of 2019. Learn how the railroad influenced our history and test your knowledge of railroad slang!The Peterson House opened in June of 2019 to show life in 1930s La Plata County.

Self Guided Walking Tours

Download .pdf files for Historic Downtown Durango,the Third Avenue Residential District and the Animas City Walking Tour.


The Animas Museum offers a wide variety of resources for students, authors, genealogists, and all others interested in the history of La Plata County available for viewing at the museum by appointment. Call the Animas Museum at 259-2402 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

To prepare for your appointment, feel free to download a list of the subjects or of the families for which we maintain files.