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Become a Junior Curator

Print out the Junior Curator Worksheet for your age group and then visit the Animas Museum to discover the answers.

For Level 1 (6 - 8 year old) Junior Curators

For Level 2 (9 - 11 year old) Junior Curators

For Level 3 (12 - 15 year old) Junior Curators


1908 Classroom Experience

The La Plata County Historical Society is please to invite your class or group to visit the Animas Museum and participate in our 1908 Classroom Experience, developed for local fourth and fifth grade children.  This is an excellent opportunity to introduce your students to life as it was a century ago.

Lead by our experienced docents, your students will step back in time as they walk through the door!  Your visit will begin in our restored classroom in the historic Animas City School built in 1905.

Afterwards, your students can participate in our Junior Curator Program as they explore exhibits in the main museum building and the Joy Cabin.  Built in Animas City during the 1870s the cabin is the oldest surviving structure in Durango!

Please call the museum at 259-2402 for scheduling and more information.

Life in a Log Cabin
The La Plata County Historical Society is please to invite your class or group to visit the Animas Museum and participate in our Life in a Log Cabin program, developed for local third grade children.  This is an excellent opportunity to introduce your students to pioneer life in the 1870s. 

Your visit will begin in the historic Joy Cabin located here at the museum.  Built in Animas City in the 1870s the cabin is the oldest surviving structure in Durango!  The program will focus on the daily life of pioneers who traveled by wagon to La Plata County.  After visiting the cabin your students can participate in our Junior Curator program as they explore exhibits in the main museum building.  The museum is housed in the historic Animas City School built in 1905.  Call the museum at 259-2402 for scheduling and more information.

The Animas Museum's "History Mystery" Trunk
Our trunk program is available to be checked out by teachers and group leaders who are looking for a fun way to get kids interested in local history.  Through hands-on activities, students investigate a variety of real artifacts and form their own conclusions as to how the artifacts were used, by whom, and their importance.  Photos are included in each group of objects, to help students visualize the conditions in which the objects were used, and the people who used them.  Through investigation, the students gain a better understanding of some of the important aspects of local history.  The trunk is available for use at the museum, call 259-2402 for more information.
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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