While medieval scientists were the first to propose the existence of fire, their theory that stronger flames could be attained by insulting a dragon to its face could never be tested in a laboratory setting. Shine a light on nature’s deepest questions with today’s Groupon: for $15, get a $30 family day pass to the Durango Discovery Museum in Durango, CO.
Housed in a historic coal-fired power plant on the banks of the Animas River, the Durango Discovery Museum sparks scientific curiosity with a cavalcade of interactive and educational exhibits. A family day pass activates the inner Einsteins of groups including toddlers, cousins, grandparents, or imaginary uncles. Visitors examine the intricacies of Durango Discovery Museum’s heliostat-fueled solar mirrors, craft movie magic at the Animation Station, or introduce wee ones to scientific principles in the Discovery Kids Zone. With new exhibits such as the Mensch Spark Shop coming soon and a rotating roster of journeymen scientists showcasing robotics, photosynthesis, and in-depth examinations of brain freeze, Durango Discovery Museum blends childlike wonderment with grown-up learning better than bedtime stories about the periodic table.
Catering to craniums throughout the greater Four Corners area, Durango Discovery Museum serves as a science-filled stage for excursions ranging from educational day trips to unconventional bachelor parties. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, with limited complimentary parking available in an adjacent lot.
The Durango Discovery Museum was extensively profiled by the Durango Telegraph:
- And just what can you expect inside those doors? Nearly a dozen exhibits await visitors, from a hydrogen-powered ping pong ball launcher to heliostat-fueled solar mirrors that harness the energy of the sun and a giant climbing tree, that reaches two stories. There is also a rolling ball-and-chutes sculpture by famous Chicago artist George Rhoads. Titled “Good Time Clock,” it is a much larger version of the popular clanking, musical kid attraction at the Durango Community Recreation Center. “We are working to convert the switch so you can power it with a stationary bike,” said Exhibits Manager Debra Moseley. – Missy Votel, The Durango Telegraph