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Animas Museum

3605 W Second Ave, Durango, CO
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Ranked #15 of 28 Attractions in Durango
Type: History Museums
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Greensboro, NC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We spent a couple of hours here and learned a great deal about the area. Interesting exhibits included an old-timey schoolroom, Native American displays, and stories about the lawmen and lawbreakers of the past. I especially enjoyed a video featuring three of the historical town's citizens as portrayed by actors; the commentary by the town's most successful madam was enlightening... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Interesting museum with lots of local history and artifacts. The lady that greeted us was very helpful and spent time with our group answering our questions. The exhibits regarding early crime and lawmen was particularly interesting. In addition, there was beautiful Pueblo pottery and other native American artifacts

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Phoenix, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Keeping a teen and a pre-teen interested is always a challenge. The Animas Museum managed to do so. The staff were very personable and the introduction in the schoolroom engaged us all. Everyone enjoyed trying on the firefighter's gear and watching videos of historical characters of the time. The cabin felt as though the owners had just stepped out for... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Located in the old schoolhouse, this museum is of great interest to anyone looking for some history of Durango and the surrounding area.

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Milliken, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We LOVED this museum. This is an example of a good, plain, knowledgeable MUSEUM. Not much of that 'interactive' stuff, which gives even more to the subject of MUSEUM. I loved the old school-house exhibit, especially with the exhibit where you can read all about the superintendent for all the schools and the district, the things schoolchildren had to learn,... More

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Durango, Colorado
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This restored historic school and pioneer log cabin are true gems, located in the north end of Durango and a little off the beaten path of the regular tourist attractions. The Animas Museum has a wide range of exhibits about local history and culture, including the community's fire department, the railroads of the area, the national forest, saddles, ranching, and... More

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Peralta, New Mexico
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The museum is a little off the beaten path but well worth checking out. The history of Durango is included and very informative. If you are a baby boomer as we are, some of the items (school seats, for example) will bring back forgotten or wished you had forgotten memories. The history of area explains so much about the town... More

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Round rock
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96 reviews 96 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Never fail to visit. Love all the pictures, write-ups, and history that is there. Been here many times and have purchased pictures, books, and even jewelry that was on display. Love tis place.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a well maintained building. It doesn't offer an abundance of displays, but what they have are nicely done. Among other things, there's information on local firefighting, the railroad,and the Ute Indians. There are some out buildings to tour, but it was pouring rain the day we were there, so we didn't take advantage of that. It only cost... More

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Vancouver WA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Two floors of great exhibits that tell the story of the beginning of Durango - how it came to be what it is. Stories of law, order and disorder displayed in charming exhibits. Old cabin outside that can be accessed from the ground floor of schoolhouse.

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