Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Your support helps the Museum (1) provide fun, engaging science experiences for the entire community; (2) advance scientific research; (3) preserve and share the rare artifacts and specimens in our collections; and (4) host world class temporary and permanent exhibitions for the Denver metro and Colorado communities.

If you would like to purchase or renew a membership, please visit our membership page, http://www.dmns.org/join/. We are unable to process memberships through ColoradoGives.

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Organizational Overview

Name
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Phone
303-370-6000
Address
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205
EIN
84-0518447
Website
www.dmns.org
Email
info@dmns.org
Former
Names
(1948)Colorado Museum of Natural History
Mission
Statement
Be a catalyst! Ignite our community's passion for nature and science.
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Your tax-deductible gift will help ignite our community's passion for nature and science. Examples of the impact of your gift include the following:

• $25 will inspire five young scientists by providing the scholarship funds necessary for them to attend a hands-on, curiosity-charging onsite class.

• $50 sends 10 schoolchildren to see one of our temporary exhibitions.

• $100 connects three classrooms full of energetic students to our scientists through the Scientists in Action distance learning programs. This educational telepresence gives students a chance to interact with scientists who are conducting exciting, real-world research, opening a window into science careers.

• $250 will help light two wildlife dioramas for two years with energy-saving light bulbs and support the Museum's commitment to becoming a green and energy sustainable space.

• $500 provides our science team with an air scribe -- a tool that cleans dirt and rocks off of fossils, such as the bones of the Ice Age animals pulled out of the ground near Snowmass Village. These exceptional specimens are being prepared for scientific study and will be permanently preserved in our new Avenir Collections Center.

The gift descriptions above are representational of the type of work your gift will support. Gifts made through Colorado Gives Day represent a gift to the entire mission of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. We do not use our limited resources to track gifts from donation to specific use.

Impact Statement

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, DMNS brings the wonder of science education and scientific discovery into the lives of people of all ages. In 2014, the Museum served over 1.43 million people both onsite and offsite, a third of whom were served for free through a variety of programs and passes, and an additional third of whom were served for reduced cost. The Museum's 16 PhD curators focus their research and outreach around six core content areas: anthropology, geology, health sciences, paleontology, space sciences, and zoology. The Museum's collections number nearly 1.5 million objects, including an extensive library/archives and education demonstration collection. In addition to its award-winning permanent exhibitions and historic diorama halls, DMNS brings the world to Denver through temporary exhibitions, IMAX films, and planetarium shows. Our education and community programs reach broad audiences through Field Trip Adventures, adult programs and field trips, camps and camp-ins, teacher professional development, children's workshops, and outreach.

Background Statement

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science provides rich opportunities for informal science education through offering a variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities to help visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. Founded in 1900 by a group of Denver citizens interested in preserving the natural history of the Rocky Mountain region, the Museum has grown to become one of the largest natural history museums in the western United States. The Museum continues to evolve, expanding in both size and breadth of activities, as its exhibits, programs, research, and collections offer endless opportunities for discovery.

Executive Director Statement

Since opening its doors more than 100 years ago, the Museum has grown to meet the changing interests of the community. We see every day how the informal science education the Museum provides-both through the hands-on, inquiry-based opportunities for students and professional development for teachers-makes possible experiences that they could not have within the walls of the traditional classroom. These experiences spark interests, and that spark can lead to a lifelong love of science. We are integral partners with our local school districts in creating a scientifically literate community. As the largest natural history museum in the Rocky Mountain region, our scientists serve as subject matter experts; they are entrusted to study, analyze, preserve, and educate.

Board Chair/President Statement

This is a memorable point in time for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The Museum's new wing-including the Morgridge Family Exploration Center and the Avenir Collections Center-is now open for the community's enjoyment. The new wing has literally changed our way of doing business and greatly enhanced our capacity to serve and inspire, with updated field trip experiences for today's schools, space to bring even more temporary exhibitions to Denver, and a state-of-the-art "forever" home for our timeless science collections.

These extraordinary milestones are the culmination of a strategic plan that guided the Museum for nearly 10 years. Our new strategic vision is characterized by a commitment to being a leading community resource here, there, and everywhere, whether on Colorado Boulevard, at schools and public gatherings, or on a digital platform, accessible to all. Our fresh outlook guiding where we go next will focus on being relevant to everyone in our community and on enjoying and sustaining our natural world.

Needs Statement

Your support through Colorado Gives Day helps the Museum (1) provide fun, engaging science experiences for the entire community; (2) advance scientific research; (3) preserve and make accessible the rare artifacts and specimens in the Museum's vast collections; and (4) host world class temporary and permanent exhibitions for the Denver metro and Colorado communities.

If you would like to purchase or renew a Museum membership, please visit the membership page on our website, http://www.dmns.org/join/. We are unable to process memberships through ColoradoGives.

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