Powerhouse Science Center, Durango

4.1
#11 of 17 in Childrens Museums in Colorado
Located on the banks of the Animas River in Durango's historic coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant, Powerhouse Science Center (formerly the Durango Discovery Museum) presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at energy — past, present, and future.
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  • September 15, 2017
    An amazing place to spend several hours. Our 3 year old had so much fun as did my husband and me. Lots of hands on stuff. Very nice worker. Fantastic renovation of a historical building. A must see in...  more »
  • September 4, 2017
    A lot of hands on activity for the kids, our kids of ages 7,11 played there for 2 hours, and had no problem to go on, it cost 30$ for family of 5,  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    My wife and I were in town for a family wedding--had never been to Durango before so the meet and greet dinner the night before the wedding was held here in the Center. We had a blast. Tons of hands-o...  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    For a small science center, this place is awesome! We try and support small "discovery" centers because they are more hands on and interactive. As for Powerhouse, it's a cool and funky setting (old power plant) with fun things for all ages. We expected maybe 30 minutes of activity but were there nearly an hour and a half. Great midday stop if you're coming through Durango and need a stretch break. Highly recommend.
  • July 8, 2017
    A great place for younger kids! And they take the same science center pass that gets you into many museums in the Southwest, including in Phoenix.
  • April 15, 2017
    Kept my 18 month old and 3 year old completely occupied for nearly 3 hours. I had a ton of fun too! Stop motion animation, fort building, air pumps, ball chutes, climbing tower, mirrors, trains, magnets, circuits, electricity generation, puppets, snakes, frogs and fish in a very clean and inviting atmosphere.
  • June 19, 2017
    We used our science membership from St. Paul, Mn, we were so glad to get to visit this science center while we were on vacation in Durango. The kids all had a blast!!
  • July 1, 2017
    Wonderful local science center. Keep an eye out for the once-every-two-week trivia for adults in the evening.

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Immerse yourself in Durango's rich history by staying in one of downtown's turn-of-the-century hotels, where the buildings' brick architecture highlights a bygone era. Not only do these pack plenty of character, they offer proximity to the majority of the town's eateries, stores, and attractions. A motel farther out of town is typically cheaper, while a rural bed and breakfast is ideal for a romantic getaway. For an authentic western Colorado experience, consider a dude ranch on the outskirts.
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