Visit our new online exhibits.

We are working towards reopening!

Our first in-person event will be held at the Museum on June 12. It is a Members Only event--you must be a member to attend! You can join now or at the door. This afternoon outdoor event will celebrate the June 1901 wedding of Zaidee Rockwood to Clayton Perkins. Learn more about Zaidee's dress here.

Mark Your Calendars for Our Online Events

June 12: History La Plata will be available in the weekend edition of The Durango Herald.

May 3rd: Birthday Party for Otto Mears, online exhibit

May 11: The La Plata County Historic Preservation Commission (not the Historical Soceity) held their annual driving tour this year via Zoom. You can see the recording at Annual Driving Tour.

More events:

  • July: Learn about the Great Fire of 1889. Watch for our walking tour brochure.
  • August 7th: Book Talk and Signing. Historian John Steinle, author of a new book on the 1893 Silver Panic will speak on this event that left its mark on our history in La Plata County. More details to follow.
  • August 10th: National Night Out. Social distancing and ice cream outside at the Museum
  • September 25th: History Live! Living history celebration at the Museum.

Past Events

Four women in a golf cart

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

Durango Police Badge

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.

Log Cabin Christmas logo

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.