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Since March | July 12-September 27, 2020

So far in 2020, we have experienced a bombardment of breaking news, health risks, and injustice, and the story changes every day. Our new exhibit, Since March, offers a space to pause and reflect on your personal experiences and the experiences of fellow community members, past and present, in the face of a contagion. The exhibit features materials from around the county, including artwork from Boulder Community Health, photographs from residents, ‘day-in-the-life’ videos from middle-schoolers, and a film showing the quiet streets of Boulder during the lockdown. You will also have the opportunity to share your own experience with other museum visitors and with our permanent historical collection.

Playzeum | phased opening beginning July 2020

What if forests were made of rainbows, every step made music, and you could design the world however you wanted? Explore a wonderland straight from your imagination at Playzeum!

Play serves a deep and important purpose: It provides a way to explore the world, try out new ideas, and collaborate with others, all in a safe context that is buffered from dire consequences if an experiment doesn’t work out. Again and again, studies have shown that undirected, self-motivated play is a crucial component of a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. In Playzeum, we encourage our youngest visitors to discover those themes at an age-appropriate level and nurture skills that will enable them to become Boulder’s change-makers of the future. Just as our history exhibits tell the story of Boulder through a community lens, you and your learner can connect how you’re playing in each section to local professionals who draw upon these skills to do their jobs.

We invite you into a space that nurtures self-guided exploration, imagination, and experimentation.

Boulder Experience Gallery

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 is a space for people to engage with the breadth of the innovation that was developed in Boulder and its impact on the world. Visitors are guided through displays, interactives and multimedia experiences that cover the history of Boulder from the earliest days of Native American inhabitants, through key times of cultural, scientific and economic change, continuing to the present day. There are stories ranging from the travels of the Arapaho to the building of the Kepler telescope by Ball Aerospace.

Entry to the exhibition will be free with Museum admission.

google garage – Explore Tech

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.

Due to COVID, Google Garage activities will be provided as a take home program for members.
Details and sign up here

Archive 75 | 75 Objects for the 75th Anniversary of the Museum of Boulder | October 10, 2019 – September 14, 2020

For over 150 years, Boulder has undergone an astounding evolution – from pioneer mining town to quiet college town to bastion of liberal social causes and global center for science, technology, and outdoor recreation. Throughout, Boulder has seen conflicts from within and challenges from outside the community. But this small, resilient city continues to evolve through them all – bolstered by a respect for diversity, a love of the land, an appreciation for education, and a desire to grow and take risks as a community.

The Museum of Boulder’s Archive 75 exhibition will feature 75 artifacts and documents evoking the depth and breadth of the Museum of Boulder’s holdings. They will tell 75 stories—harrowing, heartbreaking, pathbreaking, brave—about Boulder’s rich and complicated history. This installation will be featured in the 2,600 square-foot main exhibit gallery on the first floor of the Museum of Boulder from mid October 2019 – June 2020 in celebration of the Museum’s 75th Anniversary.

Where will the Museum pull these artifacts and documents from? The Museum’s Collections Facility in north Boulder houses historic artifacts and archives, which continue to be important resources for research, education and community engagement. Our 7,000 square-foot facility houses more than 45,000 historic artifacts. The Museum’s Archive Collection, housed at Carnegie Branch Library adjacent to the Museum of Boulder, contains over 900,000 historic documents and photographs. The Museum collects items that represent the people, businesses and events that have lived in, or taken place in, the Boulder region. We have items dating back to the first settlers in Boulder and others that represent more contemporary people and events in our community, like the Bolder Boulder Road Race, Ball Aerospace, and Celestial Seasonings. In 2017, we added 1,073 new objects to our historic collection. Objects in the Museum’s collection are used for research, exhibitions, publications, and for loan to other museums and other venues for exhibitions. Some of our objects are on display in The Boulder Experience gallery on the second floor of the Museum. However, due to the large number and fragile nature of many of the items, the majority have never been seen by our community.

Our Living Landscape: Exploring Boulder’s Watershed

January 31-March 30, 2020

Boulder is known for its landscapes that sweep from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the iconic Flatirons, and down to the grassy plains. Everyone lives in a watershed – the land that forms our streams and supports life. Boulder’s watershed is diverse in life, landscapes, geology, and climate. Come explore the Boulder Creek watershed with University of Colorado scientists.

Leaving a Mark

February 1 – March 14

Join us to watch Boulder artist Bryce Widom create a temporary chalk mural! Over the course of this all-ages exhibit, Bryce will come in at scheduled times to work on a large chalk mural. Join this collaborative community exhibit by leaving your mark on other chalkboard surfaces throughout the space. Bryce is well known for his murals at the Mountain Sun breweries.

Bryce will be working on the mural at the following times:

Saturday, Feb 1, 2:30-5:00pm | Sunday, Feb 2, 10am-2pm

Monday, Feb 3, 9am-5pm | Thursday, Feb 6, 9:30am-2pm | Saturday, Feb 8, 2-4:30pm | Sunday, Feb 9, 1-3:30pm

Monday, Feb 10, 9am-5pm | Thursday, Feb 13, 9:30am-2pm | Saturday, Feb 15, 2-4:30pm

Monday, Feb 17, 9am-5pm | Thursday, Feb 20, 5-7pm (Members Only Event)

Monday, Feb 24, 10am-4pm | Wednesday, Feb 26, 11:30am-1:30pm | Thursday, Feb 27, 12:30-2:30pm | Sunday, Mar 1, 1-3pm

Monday, Mar 2, 1-3pm | Thursday, Mar 5, 10am-2:30pm | Saturday, Mar 7, 5-7pm (Chalk & Chug)

Monday, Mar 9, 1-4pm | Wednesday, Mar 11, 10am-1pm | Thursday, Mar 12, 11:30am-1:30pm | Friday, Mar 13, 1-3pm | Saturday, Mar 14, 3-6pm (Closing Event)

exhibits coming soon

Voces Vivas: Stories from the Latinx Community in Boulder

El condado de Boulder es hogar de diversas comunidades latinas e hispanas. En el Museo de Boulder estamos preparando una exhibición comunitaria dedicada a la historia hispana y latina del condado. ¡Necesitamos de su ayuda! Si usted vive o trabaja en el condado de Boulder y pertenece a la comunidad latina, hispana, chicana o mexicano-americana, nos interesa trabajar con usted. Usted y su familia tendrán la oportunidad de compartir sus experiencias de vida, aprender sobre las historias de otros miembros de la comunidad, construir una plataforma comunitaria para usted y su familia con el apoyo del equipo de expertos a disposición del Museo de Boulder.

Este verano tendremos tres diferentes oportunidades:

Kits creativos para armar en casa: A partir del 20 de julio, tendremos a su disposición paquetes para crear materiales fáciles de encontrar en casa y que tengan un valor personal o familiar. Este material es completamente gratis y puede ser una gran actividad para realizar en familia o con jóvenes y niños.

Comparte tu historia en el museo: Empezando en septiembre tendremos una serie de reuniones comunitarias donde los invitados compartirán sus historias familiares. Esta será una gran oportunidad para conocer gente nueva y para compartir historias de éxito y dificultad en un espacio seguro y respetuoso.

Hablemos!: A partir del 20 de julio, tendremos tiempo dedicado para consultas con nuestras curadoras los miércoles entre las 5 y 7 de la tarde. Esta es una gran oportunidad para discutir ideas, preguntas y sugerencias de usted y su familia.

Para mayor información, contactar a amelia@museumofboulder.org

Boulder County is home to diverse Hispanic and Latino communities. This year, the Museum of Boulder is preparing for a community exhibit on Boulder’s LatinX history and culture opening in fall of 2021. We want to hear from you! If you live or work in the Boulder area and identify as LatinX, including Latina/o, Hispanic, Chicana/o, Mexicana/o, we need your help. You will have the opportunity to share your life stories, learn about other LatinX communities, and help create a community platform with the help of the experts at the Museum of Boulder.

This summer, there are three ways to get involved:

At-Home History Kits: Starting July 20, come to the Museum to pick up a free kit to help preserve your family’s history. Kits include materials to protect family heirlooms and ideas for how to start conversations with family, friends, kids, and parents about your own histories.

Share Your History at the Museum: Starting in September, the Museum will host a series of events where you can share your family and personal stories about living or working in Boulder County and hear others’ stories.

Talk to Us!: Starting July 22, drop by the museum for our program, Voces Vivas: Conversations & Curator Open Hours to talk to a curator and share your perspective on Boulder history, or your ideas and suggestions for the exhibit. Every Wednesday at the Museum, 5-7 PM, through September.

To attend these events virtually, please register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrdOiurzgrHNJEyIiyNCIeLo78rSoitS4a

Join us on Wednesday, August 26th to talk with community historian Linda Arroyo-HolmstromShe will share her experiences tracing her own family and community histories, working with the Boulder County Latino History Project, and will be available to answer questions about local history and preserving Latinx stories. In Spanish and English.

For more information, please contact: amelia@museumofboulder.org

children discovery museum | OPENING in early 2020

Donations are currently being accepted in memory of Kingsley D. Stoken (September 14, 1969 – April 4, 2019) who was passionate about opening a Children’s Museum space in Boulder. Kinglsey (and his wife Anne) were our Capital Campaign Chairs in 2018. His loss is a tremendous loss to our Boulder community.

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 outdoor area will feature the only Luckey Climbing structure in Colorado. Luckey Climbers are sculptures that define public spaces and create emblematic play areas. They offer adventures to kids of all ages while challenging them to problem-solve, think spatially, and most of all, be with kids other kids. Made of bent plywood or rotationally molded plastic climbing platforms suspended by steel pipes and cables, Luckey Climbers are visually elegant works of art, part jungle gym, and once alive, they become fountains of children.

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 2020. The fabrication and installation costs are $2,000,000 which the Museum must raise to make this dream come true for our community.

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