The Childrens Museum of Durango, which does business under the name of the Durango Discovery Museum, was approved Tuesday for a tavern liquor license by the Local Licensing Authority.
The science museum at 1333 Camino del Rio is not about to open a full-time saloon but wanted the flexibility to host more after-hours events, such as fundraisers for nonprofits or wedding receptions at its outdoor plaza by the Animas River Trail.
Pub science nights also have become popular with adults who like a glass of beer or wine with their trivia, said Chris Cable, the executive director of the museum.
Making the museum available as a venue for after-hours events also helps to keep ticket prices low for the regular museum patrons, Cable said.
To uphold liquor laws and prevent people from wandering onto the river trail with an open container of alcohol, the museum hires private security for its special events.