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The Powerhouse is Southwest Colorado’s STEAM engine empowering curious young learners through interactive experiences, inquiry, and play

Everyone who walks through our doors is captivated by the exhibits, activities, and programs that invite the young and not-so-young to make discoveries. People rave about our staff and volunteers—enthusiasts who inspire even fledgling scientists to experiment, examine, and explore. Many visitors are smitten with our 1893 power plant home, a once-empty, blighted building that’s now an iconic cornerstone of Durango on the Animas River.

Come find out for yourself!



Even better than dropping by for a visit, become a member of The Powerhouse. For a modest annual fee, you and your family will enjoy unlimited access to our ever-changing exhibits and a newsletter to tell you what’s happening. You can also take advantage of early program and camp registration, discounts, member-only events, and more. 

Did you know? Select Powerhouse memberships give you access to other leading science centers and museums around the country through the ASTC Travel Passport Program + ACM Reciprocal Museum network.


Donate to support the work of
The Powerhouse

If you believe, as we do, that science shapes our lives today and holds the key to unleashing future human potential, make a donation to The Powerhouse. You’ll be joining us in our mission to:

  • Foster a love of learning for all ages
  • Boost children’s curiosity
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Open science education and discovery to everyone

Your gift will help us advance our mission and put our values in action.

People love The Powerhouse! 


Events at The Powerhouse are electrifying!

The Powerhouse is a perfect venue for weddings, group retreats,  business meetings, fundraisers, and special celebrations. Find out more about hosting an event with us.