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Visitors looking for things to do in Durango should explore the historical power plant, home to the famous Durango Discovery Museum. Recently completed, Phase II of the Powerhouse project offers new Museum programs and Durango activities for every member of the family. You’ll discover plenty of fun activities for the kids, as well as interactive learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) – all within Durango’s historical Powerhouse!
From the exciting hands-on displays to the amazing exhibits and programs, if you’re looking for family-friendly things to do in Durango, the Durango Discovery Museum is the place for you. Other popular activities include:
In 1892, the Durango Light and Power Company installed a fledgling technology known as alternating current (AC) power in a Mission-style commercial building that was 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-70’s, it remains the oldest standing coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant in the United States.
As we continue to expand the events and attractions at the Powerhouse, future phases of the project will include:
The revitalized Powerhouse will welcome over 30,000 visitors a year – a projected $3 million annual contribution to the region’s economy.
To learn more about the Durango Discover Museum, or to start planning your Durango family vacation, contact the Durango Area Tourism Office today.