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eat well, play well


google garage


Open Space Visions

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Boulder Experience Gallery


Living with Wolves


Children’s Discovery Zone

eat well, play well – September 14 – January 6

Bringing nutrition and fitness education together. 

What is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important?  Can everyday activities burn calories?  Visitors will find the answers to these questions by exploring nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play Well, an engaging and educational science exhibit. This hands-on exhibit appeals to children and their families and features text in English and Spanish.

Eat Well, Play Well encourages healthy living by teaching the science of making healthy food choices and helping children and adults discover many fun and interesting ways to stay active. Visitors will discover what an appropriate serving size looks like, see firsthand what it takes to burn off calories, test their flexibility and balance, review the latest clinical research and realize that they can reduce their risk of disease with healthy choices.

Entry to the exhibition is free with Museum admission.

google garage – ongoing, but activities change

A creative space for messing about!

The Google Garage is based on the idea that children learn best when they get to explore, create, experiment, and follow their natural curiosities – just messing about.

Current activities: “Bees!”

  • Solitary Bee Hotels: Laser engrave your own bee design into the future habitat of a pollinator in your back yard! Take it home to observe the bees around you.
  • VR: Be A Bee! See the world from the perspective of a bee. How many points can you get?
  • Pollinator paper flowers: Fold paper flowers to take home with you
  • Bee gloves: Young learners can slip on a pair of sticky bee gloves and collect “pollen” to “pollinate” our “community garden”

Come explore, create, and follow your curiosities here in our Google Garage. Best for ages 8+.

Entry to the Google Garage is free with Museum admission.

Boulder Experience | OPENING November 17, 2018

Presenting Boulder’s history to connect visitors to the past, provide a context for the present, and inspire a vision for the future.

The Boulder Experience exhibition will be a space for people to engage with the breadth of the innovation that was developed in Boulder and its impact on the world. Through an immersive, multi-media theater experience, visitors to this gallery will hear the stories of the Native American people who resided in this area prior to white settlement, as told by Arapaho elders, themselves; have an appreciation for what has happened and what is currently happening here in Boulder; recognize the many innovations and discoveries made here in Boulder; have an understanding of Boulder’s ongoing contributions to history, science and culture; have an understanding that risk taking, living on the edge, and pushing boundaries are all part of the nature of Boulder; have an appreciation of the challenges and benefits in maintaining a healthy environment; and, consider how we can continue to improve in our struggle to be an inclusive community.

Visitors will learn about the current science coming out of Boulder by predicting an incoming solar storm and deciding whether to ground air traffic or unplug the grid to minimize its impact; explore the many innovations and discoveries made here in Boulder, and have the opportunity to create their own innovations in the Google Garage; appreciate Boulder’s ongoing challenges and opportunities and be challenged to propose solutions in ongoing virtual dialogue with past and future visitors; recognize the breadth of ways diverse communities have contributed and think critically about racial tensions that have existed since the founding of the town; have an understanding that risk taking, living on the edge, and pushing boundaries are all part of the nature of Boulder; consider the risks we each take in the wilderness by locating, administering care and evacuating stranded climbers, hikers and skiers through a multi-level digital game; visualize digital 3D models of where we would be without the foresight of dedicated citizens in the past; and, reflect on Boulder’s role in organic and natural foods worldwide.

Entry to the exhibition will be free with Museum admission.

Open Space Visions Exhibit | October 27 – December 3

Explore Boulder’s landscapes and vistas through the watercolor and oil works of Molly Davis, a local landscape painter. After the 2013 flood, Molly set out to paint every trail on the City of Boulder’s Open Space system as a visual documentary of the impact that this event had on the land. She completed 260 works in “plein aire” by hiking and backpacking hundreds of miles.

Boulder became the first city in the nation to tax itself to buy open space in 1967 and this project also became a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Open Space in 2017. A four-color book has been produced of all the images – with dozens of interviews from Open Space advocates, their families, and citizens telling the history of protecting this amazing vision – which accompanies this show.

Opening Reception: October 26, 6:00-9:00pm

Living with Wolves Exhibit | December 2018 (dates TBA)

A photographic exhibit that advocates the reintroduction of wolves into western Colorado.

National Geographic’s Living with Wolves brings you face-to-face with a wolf pack to learn their social structures and dispel myths surrounding these unique creatures. Discover efforts to reintroduce wolves to Colorado. Bring the whole family and howl with the pack. Touch traps and pelts and listen to their voices in this multi-media exhibit presented by the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.


children discovery museum | OPENING in 2019

Ready, set, play – YES, you can touch that at the Museum of Boulder’s interactive children’s museum. Play is essential to a child’s healthy development and the foundation for all future learning.

Boulder’s belief in a healthy work-life balance is a big draw for young families, and as a result, it’s a very kid-friendly town. However, something is missing and has been for a long time – a children’s museum in Boulder that is sure to top the list of most memorable experiences. The Museum of Boulder’s new Children’s Discovery Zone Museum will be a place that gives children the power of discovery and imagination.

From the moment kids enter through its doors (on the Garden Level of the Museum of Boulder), the amount of creativity and fun details will leave adults impressed and little adventurers giddy. The 2,500 square-foot space is designed for ages birth-8, and without a doubt, the design team at the Denver Children’s Museum working with our Task Force of staff and volunteers, has developed an innovative concept that is sure to make children happy while learning through play. Think “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” meets “Where the Wild Things Are”. With mellow lighting and a bevy of activity, parents can follow along while kids explore the tunnels, stairs, secret passageways and nooks. Magical portals with interactive experiences give youngest learners new perspective, engaging senses and sparking imagination.

The Museum of Boulder’s Children’s Discovery Zone Museum is seeking community funding for the final phase of the project – fabrication and installation – so that this space can open to our youngest community members in early 2019. The fabrication and installation costs are $1,000,000 which the Museum must raise to make this dream come true for our community.

Entry to the exhibition will be free with Museum admission.


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