Avenir Collections Center

The new Avenir Collections Center represents a quantum leap in collections care. The 63,000-square-foot, two-level facility provides consolidated, state-of-the-art housing for nearly 4.3 million artifacts and specimens for the first time in the Museum’s 114-year history.

The collections center was custom-made, with the Research and Collections staff heavily involved in its design and construction, right down to selecting the floor color (white, so that pests can be easily seen). The cabinets were built to specification using the highest standards in stable storage conditions. No longer will specimens, such as butterflies, be shingled or crowded in drawers. Climate control regulates temperature and humidity appropriate to each collection. In newly equipped workspaces and labs, collections can be safely, efficiently, and comfortably studied and preserved by our own scientists, conservators, and archivists as well as by researchers from around the globe.

The artifacts and specimens are being carefully moved in phases, with 70 percent scheduled to be relocated by the end of 2015. The new Avenir Collection Center ensures that the stories, science, and wonder inherent in these treasures will endure for generations.

Field Trip Adventures

In order to better serve you and your students, the Museum has created new Field Trip Adventures to maximize the learning impact of your limited field trip time and support the new Colorado Academic Standards.

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Anschutz Gallery

Level 3 is home to the Anschutz Gallery, made possible by The Anschutz Foundation, which will adjoin the existing Phipps Special Exhibits Gallery. 

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Public Art

Iridescent Cloud by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan welcomes visitors to the Morgridge Family Exploration Center. This original work of art is commissioned and owned by the City and County of Denver.

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Discovery Zone

The new Discovery Zone on Level 2 is made possible by Kaiser Permanente. Its activities will help build a strong foundation of science skills for young children through hands-on, highly experiential experiences.

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