Our galleries are closed to the public until further notice.

Visit our online exhibits.

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.

Mark Your Calendars for Our Upcoming Events

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All September History Live Durango! Find all event information here.

September 30th, 7pm - 8:3-pm: "Why Does Durango Look the Way it Does?" On July 1, 1889, a devastating fire swept through Durango’s business district. Out of the ashes, our town underwent a rebirth in the eclectic spirit of the late Victorian era. Join journalist Judith Reynolds as she explores nineteeth century architectural versions of a Renaissance palace, a Roman fortress, and a Gothic cathedral, and the meaning behind such extravagant eclecticism. Part of Fort Lewis College's Life-Long Learning Series, find the Zoom login information here.

Saturday, October 9th at 1pm: Join our Second Saturday Seminar Series on Zoom for a virtual tour of Animas City. More information to follow.

Saturday, November 13th at 1pm: Our Second Saturday Seminar Series will feature Judith Reynolds on Gustaf Nordenskiold, the "Baron of Mesa Verde." More information to follow.

Past Events

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Scenes from our Live! event on September 25th.

Main Ave Bridge photo by Frank Gonner

Our September webinar took a look at the photography of Frank Gonner told by his granddaughter Kathy Gibson. The recording can be viewed here.

John Steinle speaking in front of the Peterson House

Historian John Steinle, author of a new book on the 1893 Silver Panic spoke about how the crash affected Colorado and La Plata County. Watch a video of the talk here.

Bear the dog eating ice cream

Durango Police, members and locals including Bear dropped by the Museum for social distancing and ice cream on National Night Out.

Our first in-person event was held at the Museum on June 12. It was a Members Only event to celebrate the June 1901 wedding of Zaidee Rockwood to Clayton Perkins. Learn more about Zaidee's dress here.

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The Animas Museum Team at the Durango Chamber of Commerce's Girls Gone Golfing event, May 2021.

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Our May webinar featured Police Historian Sharon Greve telling stories from the 140 year history of the Durango Police Department. Contact the Museum if you would like access to the video for $5.

Tom Graden photo

If you missed our April webinar on Tom Graden, you can purchase a link to the video for $5 using the PayPal button below. We will email you a link by the next business day.

Image of Hattie Mashburn

If you missed our March webinar on Hattie Mashburn and Bessie Rivers, you can purchase a link to the video for $5 using the PayPal button below. We will email you a link by the next business day.


If you missed "A Little Bit of History and Valentine's Fun" you can watch the video here.

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If you missed our first Second Saturday Seminar on Zoom, A Log Cabin Christmas, you can watch the video here.

You can still visit our Virtual Halloween Party! Click on the image below:

Virtual Halloween Party

Jerry Day speaking at the Animas Museum

Jerry Day speaking about the history of the K-36 locomotives at the Animas Museum.

Charles DiFerdinando speaking at Durango Craft Spirits

Charles DiFerdinando speaking about the Buffalo Soldiers at Ft. Lewis. Durango Craft Spirits Distillery Tour

Support Local History

Joy Cabin at night, Christmas Bazaar 2019.

The Joy Cabin at night, during the Christmas Bazaar.

Bells of Peace

Shane Voss, principal of Mountain Middle Schools, rings the Animas Museum's bell at 11am on Veteran's Day as the school's students look on.

Dedication of National Register PlaqueDedication of National Register Plaque, October 30.

Loisa Bass HeadstoneLoisa Bass headstone, installed October 8, 2019.