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Listening Together




google garage


discover nasa

Listening Together –  August 4 – September 17

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 9 | 6-8 pm | Museum of Boulder

An exciting, all ages, highly interactive and sensory exhibit that highlights KGNU Community Radio’s past, present, and future.
Discover the power of Boulder’s community-powered radio station, celebrating 40 years of amplifying community, culture, and music. Activate the auditory senses that allow for deep listening. Experience first-hand the pulse of community radio by interacting with recording and listening stations. Become the media in this exhibit and enjoy ‘listening together” as a community.

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.

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: “Da Vinci’s Modern Tinkershop”

  • Splat-a-pults: Engineer a catapult and launch paint balls at the wall!
  • Tilt Brush: Paint in 3D with virutal reality!
  • Make Mona Smile: Add your own personality to the Mona Lisa!
  • Machines: Race a wind-up car you created or create any structure you imagine!
  • What a Drag: Explore aerodynamics and drag in the wind tunnel!

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.

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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