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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.

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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!

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!

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Sparkle, Shine and Design

Construction is an art form—it’s all about the details.

Our designers have spared no inch of space from displaying beautiful and functional design to create the best museum experience possible. 

Much like the delicious recipes you’ll get to make with your family in this interactive exhibit, each of these design “ingredients” will help create the perfect blend of exploration, learning and food oriented fun for this culinary masterpiece debuting late 2015. Check out some of the awesome details currently being mixed together for The Teaching Kitchen in the gallery below!

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From Paper to Playscape

Even the greatest ideas come from small beginnings. Interactive exhibits “Water” and “Energy” are set to become reality late 2015, but did you ever wonder what they looked like as rough drafts?

Director of Exhibits Jonathan Goldstein and his team of designers have been working for over 3 years to create the wonderful expansion exhibits that are set to debut this fall. Explore the gallery below to view their preliminary sketches and catch a glimpse of how these awesome playscapes were first envisioned!