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 œ 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!

Going UP: The Gondola Has Arrived!

A one-of-a-kind piece just made it’s construction debut in our new space – a full-sized, mountain gondola for the Altitude exhibit!

This item used to be a gondola from Keystone that was painted specifically for our “climbing through Colorado” theme. Check out the before and after to see what it used to look like.

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But the hard work didn’t end with it’s paint job! Through many workers, steel cables and a LOT of elbow grease, this gondola was raised over 3 stories to dangle from it’s permanent position in the in-progress Altitude exhibit. Video of the installation can be seen below.

This gondola is just one of the many amazing and well thought out elements going into our expansion exhibits. Come to the new Children’s Museum of Denver, arriving later this year, to experience them all!