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Powerhouse Science Center

Welcome/Bienvenidos/Mique to Durango's interactive science center for all ages!

Powerhouse Science Center
1333 Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO 81301
Today's Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00PM - 2 Locations >
1295 Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO 81301
< Today's Hours: Members Only 24/7 - 2 Locations
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The Powerhouse Science Center History

The Powerhouse is listed in local, state, and national registers of historic places as the Colorado Ute Power Plant.

Drawing on L.L. Nunn and George Westinghouse’s revolutionary application of AC electricity for the mines above Telluride, this power plant was one of the first in the nation to deliver AC power for community use.  Abandoned after 25 years, the “Powerhouse” was decaying and neglected.

A bold community effort lead by board members of the Durango Children’s Museum (now named Durango Discovery Kids) raised $1.1 million to restore the site and historic structures. The restoration solved a 30-year old problem for the community and set the stage for the creation of an interactive discovery + science center for all ages—the Durango Discovery Museum.

The MakerLab @ The Powerhouse

It's been a long time coming for The MakerLab. Beginning with a few curious people tinkering in their garages, our crew has been inventing and educating for many years and can't be more excited to share and be a part of that brings the tools of invention and the community of makers to the forefront.

The Spirit of Innovation Endures

Alternative energy technologies and green building materials will be showcased in the Phase II remodel and Phase III new addition. Exhibits will invite visitors of all ages to explore the role of energy past, present and future, and to discover and learn by doing. A public plaza will include an open-air café and outdoor exhibits where visitors can engage in more hands-on activities.

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