We Did It!

When a community, hard work and a purpose come together, magic can happen.

That’s exactly what happened on November 20, 2015, when we opened the bigger and better, brand-spanking new, expanded Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. We started this journey several years ago, with a dream to bring kid-powered learning and an exceptional museum experience to the Denver community in a whole new way. With our new exhibits Altitude, The Art Studio, Energy, Joy Park, The Teaching Kitchen and Water, we can carry out our mission to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood. As momentous as this occasion was, we had to celebrate! All week long, we held exclusive VIP events for our members and donors, giving them the first taste of what bigger and better really is. Check out some of the photos from our  wonderful evening events.

But the party didn’t stop there.  On November 20 we held our Grand Reopening ceremony, complete with honorary attendees, food and one BIG ribbon cutting. After some reflection of our own with a speech from CEO Mike Yankovich, we moved outside to hear from Mayor John Hickenlooper and cut the ribbon!

We have so many countless people to be grateful for. From our largest donors to our regular visitors, families, individuals, companies and more, the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus thanks you for the overwhelming support. This could not have happened without you. THANK YOU!

 

 

The Final Stretch

If “crunch time” were a place…it would be the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus! Exhibit features big and small are being pulled together for ourGrand Reopening on November 20, and it’s gearing up to be one exciting event!

The screens for the Community Tree were installed, where guests can smile and snap photos of themselves and watch as their faces display on the “leaves” of the grand digital tree in the lobby. Construction and exhibit team members — and even Children’s Museum CEO, Mike Yankovich– tested out the photo features with some goofy expressions.

That’s not the only fun thing happening around here. Check out the photos below to see more expansion elements coming to life!

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30 days until Grand Re-opening!

We are in the home stretch—and things are really heating up here at the Museum! Left and right, our new exhibits are being installed into their spaces. There’s exactly 30 days until our Grand Re-opening and the more these exhibits are brought to life, the more we see how close this expansion is to completion. But it’s not over yet! See some of these cool in progress pictures as we reach the final stages of construction.

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The Climber Keeps Climbing!

After 3 years of design, and brand new technology developed just for its creation, the 45 foot tall climber, Altitude is being installed! This unique interactive exhibit was inspired by the mountain features and endless adventure found in Colorado and was built right here in Denver! Local fabricators Juno Works partnered with the Children Museum’s Director of Exhibits, Jonathan Goldstein, for this one-of-a-kind piece.

The Peak

The climber’s shape is both functional and fun, devised around the network of the existing building structure paired with the simulated experience of a winding mountain trail. Guests ascend 29” per platform level, reaching the climber’s peak at 3 ½ stories! 

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The steel frame, wood panels and stainless steel netting aren’t just an industrial endeavor, but an artistic one. “Every piece of the climber is similar but slightly different. Like leaves on a tree,” Jonathan Goldstein said. These pieces were carefully fabricated using a custom computer program that cut each one with plasma, both ensuring their mutual fit and greatly reducing labor costs.

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Through creative insight and computer led production, the climber will make its colossal debut November 20. Join us for an adventure 3 years in the making!

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Say Hello to the Buffaloes!

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Some four-legged fiberglass friends have just been moved to their permanent home in The Art Studio.  Meet the big bison and baby bison, who now stand triumphantly overlooking the new lobby.

But these beautiful bovines aren’t just for looking pretty — come November, guests young and old can work together to collaboratively decorate and paint these two for a hands-on, creative learning experience with the arts.

Artist's Rendering of The Art Studio

As you can tell from the above artist rendering, the bison aren’t the only cool parts to this exhibit. Come explore all art opportunities at the Children Museum’s grand opening, November 20!

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How MUCH Bigger?

This expansion is big—but how big? It’s the culmination of hundreds of people’s ideas and hard work, and years of planning; all rolled into one fabulously large-scale project. We’re going to more than double our size, and now you can see just how much more we’re growing in our exhibit focus areas with the below infographic “How MUCH Bigger?”

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