The Avenir Collections Center is a state-of-the art collections facility that houses the Museum’s 4.3 million specimens and artifacts
On February 14, 2014, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science opened an award-winning five-level addition on its south side. The new wing’s two below-ground levels—known collectively as the Avenir Collections Center—are designed to sustainably preserve the Museum’s anthropology, archives, earth sciences, and zoology collections while optimizing preventive conservation methods, access, and climate control. Designed for collections processing as well as storage, the 63,000-square-foot center includes dedicated and flexible workshops, a photo studio, a conservation lab, and offices for collections and conservation staff.
The Avenir Collections Center contains over 2,000 custom pieces of storage furniture in nearly 20 different styles, ranging from specialized entomology cabinets and rolled textiles racks to oversized pallet racks to hold some of our largest dinosaur specimens. The preservation spaces were designed using mobile storage carriages—riding on nearly one mile of track—allowing for up to 60% more storage space within the same square footage. Each department has designed and developed custom mounts, cradles, and other storage systems for items within their collections. This efficiency allows the Museum to maximize the number of collections in the Avenir Collections Center without compromising the long-term preservation needs of the collection.