Open year-round, The Powerhouse is Southwest Colorado's largest hands-on, interactive Science Center and MakerLab for all ages. We are dedicated to providing innovative learning and empowering you! Located on the banks of the Animas River, right on the River Trail in Durango's nationally historic coal-fired, steam-generated AC powerplant, The Powerhouse is a dynamic place for family adventure, makers and tinkerers, childhood learning, special events, and just a place to relax along the river while downtown. So if you love hanging around by the river, messing around with amazing technology, and seeing a part of our nation's history then drop by.
Check out all The Powerhouse has to offer:
The Powerhouse Exhibit Gallery - Virtually travel to the highest peaks that surround Durango, try you hand at air rockets, experiemnt with our augmented reality sandbox, or get creative in our TinkerLab. See our nationally historic generators and equipment from the one of the world's first AC power genration plants. 6,000 sq feet of exhibits to explore
MakerLabat The Powerhouse Unleash your creativity with powerful tools of invention and a community of fellow makers. If you love to work with some real workshop equipment come on in.
Toddler Time Every Wednesday in the morning, we have some reserved time where families and toddlers can play, explore, meet others like them, and participate in a short, age-appropriate science lesson.
Carver Brewing Plaza - come relax down by the Animas River (weather permitting) right along the River Trail. Play with our outdoor games, quench you thirst (non alcholic as well as full bar) and on Thurdsays particiapte in Durangos most popular trivia night.
For our school and student visitors:
Camp Discovery Get your geek on this summer! Learn to use 3D printers, battle Judo Bots, dissect ograns, and become a future botanist by participating in a Camp Discovery session. For ages 3-16.
Field Trips A field trip to the Powerhouse Science Center is a fun, memorable, hands-on science adventure that we’re sure your students will never forget.
Science Career Ladder An innovative education and employment program providing fun and meaningful work experience to middle school, high school and college students.
Sudden Science A youth educational outreach program aimed at fulfilling our mission: To ignite curiosity, spark imagination, and power exploration.
For more information visit our website.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day):
Open Monday, Wednesday - Sunday 9am-4pm
Winter Hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day):
Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 9am-4pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm
Admission to the Museum:
Adult $7.50 Senior, Military, Student $6.50 Children (3-17 yrs) $6.00 Children 2 and under FREE Members FREE Multi-Pass (parties of 5 or more) $6 per person
Please see our website for more information regarding rates for events, field trips, summer camps, and more.
DescriptionThe Powerhouse can host parties and meetings large and small. ADA accessible, full AV/Sound/Screen.
Built in 1893!
Located in downtown Durango, the Powerhouse is comprised of several indoor and outdoor options ideally suited for all of your needs. Historic with a touch of the scientific, the Powerhouse Plaza, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Energy Gallery, and the Boiler Room offer a host of amenities to accommodate large, formal gatherings to casual, cocktail-style events — including weddings and receptions.
Overlooking the Animas River, the expansive Plaza easily seats 150 guests, while the indoor Theater and Gallery – equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems – can comfortably hold 30 to 300 guests.