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Powerhouse Science Center
Ranked #24 of 71 things to do in Durango
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Murrieta, California
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is a science discovery attraction. Hands on activities for small children. Would not recommend children under 7 or over 12. Pricy especially for adults since all activities are for children.

Visited June 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Kids loved it”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a small but fun museum for kids. Only a few hours is needed but the tickets are good for the entire day. They have a room just for Legos which older kids like.

Visited June 2014
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Carbondale, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Support Science in Small Communities”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

The Durango Discovery Museum is a community supported non-profit and a wonderful asset for a town as small as Durango. I have two boys 4 and 6 and they had a blast! Some of the exhibits were a bit worn out and balls were missing from the blue building block section but overall it was a wonderful day of play with my kids. There were live baby chicks (well 1) and even though a chick holding wasn't scheduled until 4pm, the nice front desk lady did one with us one-on-one when we asked. The staff were very friendly and took time to explain science content of the exhibits very throughly. If you have time to kill with kids under 10 this is the best use of your time and money in Durango.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Stephany M
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Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Neat place BUT.........”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

The admission fee was not bad (21.00 for two adults and a six year old). The place was great for hands on experience. This is the Bad: Many of the exhibits are hands on and you can make items ,however, the items were not stocked so over half of the exhibits we could not do. Another horrible encounter was there was a bloody small chick with its face in the bedding (it was obvious it was not going to make it) crying for help and it was left for young children to witness...shame on you! Now, set those two bad vibes apart the place would be great for children to roam so I do not have to chase a six year old around.

Visited April 2014
4 Thank nano262
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Milliken, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not Much To Do For The Money, But What's There Is Fun.”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

We came here because we thought it was the history museum (obvious ignorance at work). When we realized our mistake, we thought "What the heck," and paid the admission, which was sort of steep.

It's really interesting how the museum is in the old Durango power station. It's also cool how they sell refreshments.

We explored and the vacuum tubes and hankies activity was really fun, and so were the bottle cars and rockets. The sad part was, in all the activities where you have to build things, all the materials were missing. It was really small, too, and there was virtually nothing to do or read in the power station exhibit.

It was SOO COOL how they had live chicks in there! Baby chickens! So cute! Too bad we didn't get to hold them.

The little machine near the door, try not to get interested in it (which is HARD), because you'll get sucked into it and you could spend HOURS watching that thing go!

I would recommend children 4-9 to go, preferably in parties or groups. You should also call ahead to make sure they have people ready to give you a tour and all the materials to be ready.

Overall, this was a pretty cool museum.

Visited March 2014
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