Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center

The Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center will provide state-of-the-art, consolidated housing for the collections for the first time in the Museum’s 113-year history.


It will be a climate-controlled, secure preservation and research facility, dedicated to housing, studying, and preserving the Museum’s nearly 1.5 million precious artifacts and specimens, such as the thousands of fossils unearthed at the historic Ice Age site near Snowmass Village, Colorado.


Artifacts and specimens will move into the new facility in phases, over about two years, using a schedule and a process that have been carefully planned by the Museum’s Research and Collections Division.

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 Museum experiences.

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