The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is adding a new wing onto the museum called the Education and Collections Facility.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is adding a new wing onto the museum called the Education and Collections Facility. I interviewed Peggy Day, the project manager for the new addition. They started work on September, 2011 and it will be finished at the end of November of this year. It is set to open to the public in February, 2014 and will be 126,000 square feet!
With an 8 million dollar donation, 3 floors above ground are The Morgridge Family Exploration Center. The first floor will have 3 new classrooms for kids on field trips etc. and will be made of glass but will have louvers to help keep the room shaded. The Science Atrium will feature a big open room with a large video screen. The second floor will be geared towards 3-6 year olds and has a new Discovery Zone. This Discovery Zone will be larger than the existing one, to include a large dinosaur that kids can climb on, and other things for them to play with. The third floor will be a temporary exhibition which can connect to a room in the other building for larger exhibits. Their opening exhibit will be on The Mayans, which is going to take up the space of both exhibition galleries. This one will open in February, while the new Discovery Zone will be open on June 6th.
Two floors are underground to store artifacts not on display. Only 2-3% of the artifacts are on display at a given time. The storage rooms are humidity and temperature controlled. These bottom 2 floors will be called the Rocky Mountain Science and Collections Center. Before newly found artifacts go into storage, they will go through a room on the first floor (the dirty prep space) to be cleaned. If bugs are on them, they will refreeze them and if they still have flesh on them, they will bring in bugs to eat the flesh (eww!).