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The Museum is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, and the new wing is poised to receive LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating possible for new construction. This highly efficient building will use 50 percent less energy than a standard building of its type.


There are many sustainable features incorporated into the building. Here are a few highlights:

  • The heating and cooling plant uses a unique integration of heat pump technology and recycled water from Denver Water to reduce energy consumption by up to 60 percent. This system was partially funded by a grant from the Department of Energy.

  • Automated louvers on the south-facing glass exterior move based on the angle of the sun to save energy, and parts of the building take advantage of natural daylight to reduce the use of electric lights.

  • The updated landscaping will use native plants in order to save water, with non-potable water used for irrigation.

  • Additional rooftop photovoltaic solar panels will help conserve energy.

  • The Museum will incorporate high-efficiency LED and lighting, Energy Star appliances, and occupancy sensors that turn lights off when areas aren’t in use—all to reduce energy consumption.

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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