1333 Camino Del Rio (look for the smokestack)
Durango, Colorado 8130
The Durango Discovery Museum opened in the Powerhouse on February 23, 2011 with:
Past: In 1892, the Durango Light and Power Company installed a fledgling technology known as alternating current (AC) power in a Mission Style commercial building, the first of its kind outside of California. The plant provided electricity to Durango—well before AC was available in the great cities of the East. Closed in the mid-70s, it remains the oldest standing coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant in the US.
Present: “Get in, geek out.” The museum’s open for fun and interactive learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the Powerhouse. Get ready for a family-friendly place full of exciting hands-on displays, exhibits, and programs.
Open: Tue-Sat 10-5 (Thu til 7) and Sun 1-5; pay what you wish on the first Sunday of every month. Admission options include a Family Day Pass $30, annual memberships from $45, and special child and senior discounts. Future: The revitalized Powerhouse will welcome over 30,000+ visitors a year; a projected $3 million boost to the region’s economy. Phase III will include more exhibits, more explosions, and a surprise or two.