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Everyone Everywhere

Nurturing the spirit of enduring curiosity that lives in us all.

There is a place...you’ll find it just past curious, to the left of imagination, and around the bend from wonder. It’s never the same, and the exact location depends on you. It’s a place where questions such as how do we know?, what if?, and why not? are the norm—no matter what language you speak, how old you are, or where you call home.

This is a place created by you…by your questions, ideas, wishes, and needs. A place that takes your hand and invites you to play and discover. It offers up mysteries to solve, hypotheses to ponder, and stories to tell—and in the process helps you uncover the very essence of you.

Welcome to your Denver Museum of Nature & Science. A place for everyone, everywhere.

Future First

We can’t wait to meet you ... again.

Since 2014, we’ve made the biggest move of our lives as we’ve relocated 4.3 million artifacts and specimens from the research collections into a new state-of-the-art home. This opened up 22,000 square feet in the heart of the Museum, which is now ready and waiting for an all-encompassing, mind-blowing experience to burst onto the scene.

Enter Future First. The moment you walk through our doors, it’s going to get a little eclectic, kind of nerdy, and a bit amazing as we explore nature, science, and the world around us in completely unexpected and magical ways. To do this, we’re gaining insights from community feedback to create truly spectacular moments that originate from some of the biggest ideas in science and nature—capturing, engaging, and propelling curious hearts and minds in ways that are meaningful to them, right through our front doors. Come on in, we’re so happy you’re here.

Space Odyssey Reimagined

There’s nothing like a view of the sky…when you’re one mile closer than everyone else.

Look up. There goes a shooting star. That? Perhaps a whole other galaxy. The sky above us is constantly in motion, and there’s no better place to marvel at its rapid transformation than right here in Colorado. This is why the aerospace industry calls Colorado home and pumps $15.4 billion into our state’s economy…and why we’re on a mission to reimagine Space Odyssey for tomorrow.

Nearly one million guests visit Space Odyssey each year, wondering, uncovering, and connecting with space. But they don’t come to be overwhelmed by facts and figures as they learn what humans know about space science. They come to answer…how do we know?

The new Space Odyssey is all about answering the how, catapulting you into a space where you can touch, see, hear, and, yes, even smell what it’s like to be “out there.” It’s a place where you determine how you want to engage with the world beyond us, in a wildly creative environment that encourages free-range space science and no-boundaries adventure.

Practice your coding skills, make your own crater, envision your future using a virtual reality environment, blend science fiction with science reality to explore what’s possible. It’s your very own space lullaby filled with music, lights, and layers of open-ended investigation, mind-bending detective work, daily design challenges, and space surprises around every turn.

What happened before the big bang? Is our planet Earth one-of-a-kind? Can humans really live on Mars…without smartphones? Let’s find out together.

Nearby Nature

Step out of the Museum...and into to a life-size diorama.

The Museum and City Park grew up right alongside each other, both brought to life by our city’s founders more than 100 years ago. One is a place to cultivate the science of nature; the other a place to actually experience nature. Bringing these two treasures together will give Museum guests and park visitors a whole new sense of discovery…inside and out.

Inspired by Coloradans’ passion for nature—and driven by their adventure-filled spirit—the Museum looks forward to joining with Denver Parks and Recreation to tap into the natural wonderland around us. City Park is a beautiful living diorama, a thriving ecosystem all on its own, packed with flora, fauna, and some of those fabulous creepy, crawly things.

Perhaps the DeBoer Waterway will flow again, and a revitalized playspace will become an out-of-the ordinary place to romp and learn for young City Park and Museum visitors alike. A new formula for outdoor programs might take a dose of science from the Museum, stir in the park’s natural attributes, and finish with heart-pumping, brain-engaging discovery.

This is science learning in the great outdoors, where everyday experiences in nature help propel curiosity about what’s going on right in our own backyard. Together, we’ll have the chance to foster a love of the environment, planting the idea that protecting and caring for it is something we all can do together. Are you ready to go outside?

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ExciteEd!

Knock, knock. May we come in?

Seriously, isn’t it way better to learn when you’re having fun? It’s especially fun when you get to learn without having to stray too far from your own natural habitat.

No Walls: Schools is an initiative that goes wherever young learners are, enveloping them in a world of science, nature, and exhilarating adventure, without having to leave their own four walls. Answering the call of our educator community, our ExciteEd! programs are simple. All that’s needed is a bunch of curious kids, a place with room to blow their minds, and our specially-designed, all-in-one experience that turns the ordinary into something brand-new.

This is where projects become the pathways to help kids do awesome stuff in our world, connecting their personal world with STEAM concepts, right smack in the middle of everywhere.

At the heart of this plan is our passion for reaching a culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse audience in ways that resonate, captivate, and inspire, removing barriers of time, cost, and transportation to get to the Museum.

Join us as we transform classrooms into wonderlands of discovery, using a fully-guided activity box or by bringing engaging Museum educators to a teacher’s doorstop through Wonder Workshops. All of this is designed to help fuel students’ passion for nature and science while challenging them to test their limits, engage in critical thinking activities, and solve mysteries together. This is going to be fun.

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Museum on Wheels

Who’s got the keys? This Museum is going places.

Our address may say Denver, but our heart lives in every town across Colorado. So we’re grabbing the keys and taking nature and science on the road. Inspired by our community’s invitation to connect with them in places where they gather, our goal is to embolden a touch of mischief in everyone as we create colorful, eye-popping adventures and pave the way for some science-y fun.

Over the next five years, two vehicles will make their way into schools, parks, neighborhoods, fairs, and festivals. Imagine an expandable vehicle like an RV, and a smaller, pop-up trailer—each roaming Colorado to provide more than 250,000 kids, families, and community members with locationcentric, customized adventures designed to banish the blahs and wake up the wow.

Putting the Museum on wheels means we can reach more people in more places that are meaningful to them. We can reach rural and other communities that might not have the opportunity to visit the Museum, creating an environment where they are doers and decision makers in their world, and bringing them closer to nature and science in ways they never expected when they got out of bed that morning. Time to hit the road.

In the Community

Learning something revolutionary...can happen when you least expect it.

It’s time to set our collective imagination free, harnessing its incredible power to innovate solutions for the world when and where they’ll be needed most. But curious minds with big dreams don’t always have time to get creative at work or school, or have a way to ponder the impossible at a museum for that matter. Imagination needs a home everywhere, from mountain tops to shopping malls, right here in Colorado.

Building on the success of community engagement at the archaeological marvel known as Magic Mountain near Golden, Colorado, and the manifestation of sight, sound, and color that is Dinosaur Gulch in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, we’re designing experiences in other locations throughout the State of Colorado.

These everywhere experiences inspire curiosity, encourage exploration, and spark conversations about dinosaurs, space, discovery, nature, and science.

Our next adventures include Mars Outpost, a custom, space-themed, early childhood play area at Colorado Mills Mall. In addition, we will nurture partnerships with libraries, schools, and the National Western Center in new ways. We might even develop science camps, unveil science vending machines, or conjure up a few pop-up events in parks, community areas, and more. We’re still in the brainstorming phase of this initiative, so watch out, anything could happen…and it probably will.

With our community’s vision to fulfill, we can’t wait to craft new experiences of laughter, learning, and marvel that will delight imaginers. Initiating launch sequence now.

The Institute for Science & Policy

Making science second nature.

It starts with a vision…a drive to create a world where science always has a seat at the table. After that? Well, it becomes second nature.

Introducing the Institute for Science & Policy. The Institute will provide tools, data, processes, and a safe environment for deliberate, thoughtprovoking, and change-making conversation on policy issues involving science across the world. It’s intended to be a catalyzing force for making better policy by problem solving through civil dialog and scientific thinking.

The Institute for Science & Policy is also dedicated to instilling a love and understanding of science and scientific thinking in children, so as adults they’re more likely to support public policy grounded in science.

Through the Institute’s work, we aspire to facilitate the creation of public policy around complex or seemingly unsolvable problems involving science, and envision a future in which all people honor our common humanity, understand the reality of science, and agree that science must be considered in creating public policy. Let’s get this conversation started.

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