The Denver Museum of Nature & Scientific is a cultural history and science museum located in Denver, Colorado. It serves as an informal scientific education resource in the Rocky Mountain region. Visitors to the museum can study Colorado’s Natural history, the Earth, and the universe through a range of exhibitions, programs, and activities.
The 716,000-square-foot (66,519-square-meter) structure stores over one million objects in its holdings, which include natural history and archaeological materials, as well as archive and library materials.
The museum is a self-contained, non-profit organization with roughly 350 full-time and part-time employees, over 1,800 volunteers, and a 25-member board of trustees. It is a Smithsonian Institution associate and is recognized by the American Alliance of Museums.
The museum offers programming in six major categories. The exhibitions, IMAX films, talks, classes, and activities are related to one or more of the basic competences listed below: anthropology, geography, health science, archaeology, space science, as well as zoology. Every year, about 300,000 kids and teachers from school groups visit the museum.
In addition, the museum offers science outreach activities and distance–learning possibilities to families, schools, and communities in the surrounding area. In addition, the museum provides ongoing professional development programs for instructors.
The Morgridge Family Exploration Center and the Avenir Collections Center were added to the museum in 2014 as part of a $70 million expansion.
The Morgridge Family Discovery Center is made up of three above-ground floors that inspire visitors to learn about science and nature. Exploration Studios, a new temporary exhibition gallery, an atrium area, a newly redesigned Discovery Zone for early learners, and the outdoor Boettcher Plaza with unique public art are all part of the center.
The Avenir Collections Center, was opened in 2007 as part of a $70 million expansion, is a climate-controlled facility that houses almost 1.5 million objects and specimens. The 63,000-square-foot facility is divided into two underground floors and houses specimens such as bison from the 1870s, passenger pigeons, the last grizzly bear killed in Colorado in 1979, and roadkill brought in by the public. The information gleaned from these specimens is stored in internet databases and linked to public databases such as BioPortal.
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