The brand new addition on the Museum's south side has added 126,000 square feet and five levels of discovery to the Museum, providing even more space to engage, delight, and spark your imagination. The addition is broken up into two major areas:

Morgridge Family Exploration Center


The Morgridge Family Exploration Center constitutes three above-ground levels devoted to offering memorable and impactful programs that are rich with content and encourages visitors to have in-depth conversations about science and the natural world.


In the Morgridge Family Exploration Center, visitors of all ages engage with science in new ways through Exploration Studios for today’s students, a new temporary exhibition gallery, a lively atrium space, a completely redeveloped Discovery Zone for early learners, and the beautiful outdoor Boettcher Plaza with unique public art.


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 Museum experiences.


Level 3 is home to the Anschutz Gallery, made possible by The Anschutz Foundation, which will adjoin the existing Phipps Special Exhibits Gallery. This allows an expansive space that will greatly enhance the Museum’s ability to present the world’s leading exhibitions. The galleries will be used together to stage one large temporary exhibition, and they will be used independently to stage two exhibitions simultaneously.


FAQs about the Morgridge Family Exploration Center and City Park.


Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center

The Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center totals 63,000 square feet in two underground levels devoted to providing consolidated housing for nearly 1.5 million artifacts and specimens for the first time in Museum history, ensuring they are preserved for the public for generations to come.

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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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is the largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. This exhibition will be the first in the Museum’s new Anschutz 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 brand new Discovery Zone will open June 7! Its activities will help build a strong foundation of science skills for children, especially those ages of three to five, through hands-on, highly experiential Museum experiences.

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