- Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Museum of Nature and Science Established 1900  Location Denver, Colorado Type Natural History, Science President George Sparks  Website http://www.dmns.org/
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a municipal natural history and science museum in Denver, Colorado. It is a resource for informal science education in the Rocky Mountain region. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help museum visitors learn about the natural history of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The 500,000-square-foot (46,452 m2) building houses more than one million objects in its collections including natural history and anthropological materials, as well as archival and library resources.
The Museum is an independent, nonprofit institution with approximately 350 full-time and part-time staff, more than 1,600 volunteers, and a 25-member Board of Trustees. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM).
The Museum provides programming in six main areas. The exhibitions, IMAX films, lectures, classes, and programs pertain to one or more of the following core competencies:
More than 178,000 students and teachers visit the Museum with school groups each year. In addition, the Museum has science outreach programs and distance–learning opportunities for families, schools and surrounding communities. The Museum also offers teachers ongoing professional training workshops.
Founded in 1900, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is located in Denver’s City Park and has views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. The Museum has had three different names since it first opened: The Colorado Museum of Natural History, The Denver Museum of Natural History, and now the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
The Museum traces its origins back to the efforts of one man, a pioneer naturalist named Edwin Carter who devoted his life to the scientific study of Colorado birds, mammals and fauna. Since 1900, the museum collection has grown from Carter’s collection, housed in a log cabin, to a museum housing more than a million objects in its collections. Another man instrumental in developing the museum's collection through the mid 20th century was Dr Alfred Marshall Bailey, who served as Director from 1936 to 1969.
The Museum is known for its children’s discovery areas, the Space Odyssey exhibition, Gates Planetarium, the Prehistoric Journey exhibition, IMAX films, Egyptian mummies, wildlife exhibits, colorful gems and minerals, Expedition Health exhibition, temporary exhibitions, and education programs. Visitors can also experience the “best view in Denver” from the Anschutz Family Sky Terrace and Leprino Family Atrium on the west side of the building. Here, visitors see views of the Front Range, from Longs Peak in the north to Pikes Peak in the south.
Discovery Zone is a hands-on educational center geared toward children.
Egyptian Mummies uses two mummies and their tomb artifacts to teach how the ancient civilization of Egypt regarded its living and preserved its dead.
Expedition Health teaches visitors about the constantly changing and adapting human body.
Gems & Minerals is a re-created mine where visitors can examine many colorful crystals and minerals found both locally and globally.
Prehistoric Journey traces the evolution of life on Earth from single-celled organisms to dinosaurs to the inhabitants of today’s world.
Wildlife Exhibits are animal dioramas showing scenes of daily life of many different animals.
Gates Planetarium presents a view of the universe, using technology to tell science stories and help visitors experience the universe. The 125-seat planetarium features unidirectional, semi-reclining stadium seating, 16.4 surround-sound system featuring Ambisonic—a 3-D spatial sound system, and a perforated metal dome, 56 feet in diameter and tilted 25 degrees. The current Gates Planetarium replaces the older, dome-style planetarium.
Phipps IMAX Theater
The Phipps IMAX Theater on the second floor of the museum was built as the Phipps Auditorium in 1940, and was used for lectures, concerts, and films until 1980. Renovated and reopened in 1983 as the Phipps IMAX Theater, it seats 440 people and now shows large-format IMAX films daily.
Plans for the future include a new Education and Collections Facility, and new permanent exhibits that will explore planet earth and the origin of humans.
While many have visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, few have noticed the hidden surprises camouflaged within the museum's exhibits. Kent Pendleton, one of the museum's diorama painters, was unable to sign his work. In lieu of a signature, Pendleton painted a total of 8 elves in his work hidden throughout the museum.
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- ^ "SCFD and the Museum". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/about-us/scfd-and-the-museum. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "Discovery Zone". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/discovery-zone. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "Egyptian Mummies". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/egyptian-mummies. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "Expedition Health". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/expedition-health. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "Gems & Minerals". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/gems-and-minerals. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "North American Indian Cultures". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/north-american-indian-cultures. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "Prehistoric Journey". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/prehistoric-journey. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "Space Odyssey". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/space-odyssey. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "Wildlife Exhibits". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/exhibitions/current-exhibtions/wildlife-exhibits. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ "Future Plans". dmns.org. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. http://www.dmns.org/about-us/future-plans. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- ^ a b c , Elves at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
- ^ a b c , Surprises at Denver Museum of Nature and Science PDF description and location of Museum Secrets
- Map of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, February 2006, Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
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