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da vinci machines –  May 19 – July 29

Discover the genius.  Explore the work of a true Renaissance man. 

Da Vinci’s Machines brings the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci to life. This all-new exhibition features over 75 inventions reconstructed from his illustrations and writings. Encounter and test these amazing inventions, from flying machines and war weapons to diving gear and a self-propelled car. See iconic artwork and reflect on the work of a true visionary.

Over 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci conceived possibilities far beyond the understanding of others. His ideas about anatomy, mechanics and flight reveal a man of extraordinary vision.

Da Vinci lived during the Italian High Renaissance, a period of great cultural change and achievement. His paintings influenced Italian art for more than a century after his death. His studies in optics, biology, anatomy and physics anticipated many of the developments in modern science.

Entry to the exhibition is free with Museum admission.

Check our daily schedule for family activities and things to do with kids to dive deeper into the world of da Vinci.

sportsology – May 19 – September 1

An exciting, highly interactive, bilingual exhibit for all ages that explores the science behind sports. 

This exhibition is composed of a series of hands on challenges that allow visitors to test their athletic abilities while learning how their bodies work. Visitors participating in the Sportsology activities test their own levels of fitness through a variety of exhibits that investigate basic fitness and athletic abilities including agility, endurance, speed, balance, coordination, and strength.

Sportsology introduces the scientific principles of the human body at work in different sporting activities; soccer, basketball, baseball, etc. This exhibition promotes healthy choices and increased body awareness. Visitors will learn the value of exercise and be encouraged to recognize and develop their personal physical potential.

Entry to the exhibition is free with Museum admission.

discover nasa – May 19 – September 30

Learn what NASA does and its plans for the future. 

Getting young people interested in science and technology can be a challenge, but Discover NASA strives to make it fun and inspirational. The exhibit includes stunning imagery, hands-on activities, and multimedia experiences such as an immersive experience of astronauts living on-board the International Space Station; a 42” touch table interactive where users can build their own solar systems; and a Wind Tunnel interactive.

Entry to the exhibition is free with Museum admission.

eat well, play well – September 26 – 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.

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google garage

A Maker Space for ‘messing about’

To David and Frances Hawkins, “messing about” was serious business. Blending their expertise in philosophy, science, and early childhood education, the Boulder-based couple developed an influential theory of teaching in the 70s and 80s – based on the idea that children learn best when they get to explore, create, experiment, and follow their natural curiosities – what they called “messing about.”

As you step inside the Google Garage, we invite you to take inspiration from David and Frances Hawkins – and from the countless other Boulderites who embody the spirit of innovation and exploration that makes our city unique – the scientists, the engineers, the athletes, the pioneers and social crusaders. Come explore, create, and follow your passions here in our Google Garage.

The Museum of Boulder has long been recognized as a community leader in providing engaging participatory learning experiences. Many museums, like the new Museum of Boulder, have developed maker spaces, places where people can gather to create, invent, and learn, empowering them to become creators, not just consumers. The Google Garage provides access to a diverse range of tools and technologies, along with knowledgeable staff and mentors. The Museum of Boulder is leveraging our content expertise and role as a trusted community organization to support the development of 21st century skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are essential for the development of a competitive workforce and engaged citizenry.

This creative space is geared toward children (aged 8+) and adults to tinker, explore and create. This highly dynamic space features monthly activities and challenges visitors to try out new technologies. What are some examples of Google Garage activities? Visitors can create a robot, build a giant pop-up book with other visitors to be installed in the exhibit galleries, or make stop-motion animation videos using our historic photos. Return to the Google Garage week after week and always do something new.

Click here to view Maker Space Activities.

Entry to the Google Garage is free with Museum admission.

Boulder Experience

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.

children discovery museum

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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