Museums in and around Durango

Museums in and around Durango


Animas Museum
In the historic Animas City School building at the corner of 31st Street and West 2nd Avenue. Exhibits on local history and archeology. Authentic turn-of-the century school room. Museum store. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information call (970) 259-2402 Winter Hours Tuesday thru Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. – Summer hours will resume at the end of April, 2008.

Center for Southwest Studies
Encompasses all aspects of the history of the Southwest.
Fort Lewis College – 1000 Rim Dr. (970) 247-7456

Children’s Museum of Durango
Open Wed – Sat, 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-2pm. We offer a wide range of hands-on fun activities for kids and their families.
Durango Arts Center- 802 E. 2nd Ave. (970) 259-9234

Durango Discovery Museum
Durango, Colorado’s hands-on, interactive science center for all ages. A great new place for family adventure, school field trips, early childhood learning, special events, birthday parties, and getting your geek on.
Located at 1333 Camino Del Rio (look for the smokestack) – (970) 403-1864

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
Open daily. Hours correspond with depot. Come and see locomotives, lamps, locks, photos, art, library, view of train turntable and roundhouse. 479 Main Ave.
(970) 247-2733


Other Museums Nearby:


Salmon Ruin Museum and the San Juan County Archeological Research Center and Library
Located at 6131 US Hwy 64, 2 miles west of Bloomfield. Salmon Ruin and artifacts recovered from its excavation; Navajo folk art collection. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information please call (505) 632-2013


Crow Canyon Archeological Center

Located at 23390 County Road K. Day Programs available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30 through Sept. 14. Tuesday and Thursday programs Sept. 19 through Oct. 12. Hand on introduction to Southwest prehistory, tour of lab facility including curation room, visit to a working excavation site, discussion on research. All-day programs includes lunch. Cost is $30; $20 for children 12 – 18; $15 for children under 12. One day in advance reservation. For more information call (970) 565-8975 or 1-800-422-8975

Traders of the Southwest Museum
Located at 345 West Main in Cortez. Southwestern rugs, jewelry, pottery, beadwork, plus much more. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call (970) 565-9607



Anasazi Heritage Center
Located at 27501 US Hwy 184. Exhibit hall, theater, library, bookstore and Pueblo-style museums. The center is near the remains of the 12th Century Domingez and Escalante Anasazi ruins. For information call (970) 882-4811




Southern Ute Indian Cultural Center
North of Sky Ute Casino on US Hwy 172. Museum houses Ute Indian historical artifacts. Multi-image historical presentation daily. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information call (970) 563-9583



Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Located at Chapin Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park. Open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.



Fred Harman Art Museum
Two miles west of Pagosa Springs on U.S. Hwy 160. Displays of original Fred Harman paintings, Red Ryder and Little Beaver comic strips, movie and western memorabilia. Open July through August – 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; year round 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call (970) 731-5785.



San Miguel County Historical Museum
Downtown Telluride. Collection of photographs and artifacts that reconstruct the early mining days to the present. For more information call (970) 738-3344.

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