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Powerhouse Science Center, Durango

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Powerhouse Science Center, formerly The Durango Discovery Museum, is an interactive science center located in Durango, Colorado. The museum opened on February 23, 2011 in what was once a power plant.
The museum is located in the Durango Light and Power Company building, built in 1892. The plant was a very early alternating current power plant, the power we use today, meaning the town of Durango had AC powered street lights before many large cities in the East. In honor of its past, the museum focuses on energy-related themes throughout its exhibit spaces and in its outreach programs. The renovated Mission-style powerhouse is a state and national historic place. Today, the original boiler room remains intact and serves as the science center's theater.

Located on the bank of the Animas River, along the Animas River Trail, the museum is part of the City of Durango's initiative to revitalize the riverfront to improve Colorado tourism. The Museum is located at 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, Colorado.

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  • We visited with our 6, 4, and 2 year old kids and they had an absolute blast. They have a 4 and under area, but lots of the regular activities were still interesting for our 2 year old. Definitely...  more »
  • Great place for families with children to spend quality time. We spent over 2 hours there and enjoyed every minute. Some of the activities even were a challenge for the adults.  more »
  • I took my son there many years ago when I was married. Lots of hands on activities to engage the mind. I chanced upon it more recently when I was dating a single mom with two kids. Her son was rather exuberant, so this was the perfect place for him to expend some of that excess energy.
  • Great place to vist for kids. Walking trail to walk dog or just ed enjoy nature. You will not be board also actives to do for adults.

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