• Museum Scientists

    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has sixteen PhD curators that are making real scientific discoveries and are leading active research in the field and lab.

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  • Research

    Museum scientists study the history, evolution, and diversity of the universe, the Earth, and its inhabitants. We make new discoveries and share them with our communities through presentation, publication, and programming.

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  • Collections

    The Museum is home to the last grizzly that lived in Colorado, the world's largest rhodochrosite crystal discovered in a silver mine near Alma, a Triceratops skull unearthed by construction crews digging a basement in Brighton, and more than 1.4 million other irreplaceable artifacts.

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  • The Snowmastodon Project™

    In October 2010, a bulldozer operator working near a Colorado ski area uncovered the tusk of a young female mammoth. Over the next 10 months, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science conducted its largest-ever fossil excavation, yielding a treasure trove of well-preserved Ice Age fossils.  Museum crews uncovered 5,000 bones of 41 kinds of Ice Age animals, including mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, camels, deer, horses, and giant bison.  The preserved series of Ice Age fossil ecosystems is one of the most significant fossil discoveries ever made in Colorado. This discovery at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village will change forever our understanding of alpine life in the Ice Age.

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  • Museum Publications

    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has an active research program and authors a variety of publications.

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  • Bailey Library and Archives

    The library's collection focuses on anthropology, earth sciences, health sciences, space sciences, zoology, the Rocky Mountain West, and museum studies.

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