I've been to Durango many times but we always did the standard touristy things. This time I thought I would look for a museum and we found this hidden gem. It is off the beaten path which means it is about two miles from downtown and one block off Main Ave.
The first thing is that the building is spectacular. It is probably 100 years old and made of stone with two or three floors and a basement.
The main floor hosts a restored turn of the century classroom which is really cool. Reading some of the rules for kids (and for teachers!) was really interesting.
The other floors ( I don't believe there is an elevator) host a strange collection of things. There is lots of general history about the wild west/mining theme of early Durango but there are also exhibits about the early native americans and a part dedicated to firefighters.
The whole place is really clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The museum has its own website but it doesn't do the actual place justice. I would say this is a 'don't miss' attraction in Durango.
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