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University Of Colorado Museum Of Natural History

University Of Colorado Museum Of Natural History
1030 North Broadway Street
303-492-6892

The University of Colorado Museum fosters exploration and appreciation of the natural environment and human cultures through research, teaching, and community outreach. We provide academic training for graduate students in Museum and Field Studies; build, conserve, and interpret research collections; and offer exhibits and educational programs for the University and the public.


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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - January 15, 2021

AIA Lecture: Tree-Ring Dating and the History of Archaeology in the American Southwest Tree-ring dating burst into Southwestern archaeology on June 22, 1929, when Andrew Ellicott Douglass of the University of Arizona and his colleagues…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - December 22 ,2020

New! Explore Paleo Hall from the Comfort of Your Couch! Now, you can experience one of the CU Museum’s most popular galleries online! The CU Museum of Natural History has launched a virtual, 3D version of the Paleontology Hall’s…

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Consider a Year-End Gift to the CU Museum!

I trust you are staying safe, staying healthy and staying optimistic. As you know, the year 2020 has been unpredictable and unprecedented. Collectively we have seen many changes and have all been challenged both personally and professionally. While…

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Pollinator Programs at the CU Museum of Natural History

Free Virtual Pollinator Festival September 12, 10 AM–2 PM September is Pollinator Appreciation Month in Boulder, a community-wide celebration that encourages our city, county and campus to learn more about pollinators, celebrate their…

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New Museum Newsletter - May 19, 2020

I hope this email finds you and your families safe and healthy during these challenging times. Today is International Museum Day, and writing this newsletter provides a nice opportunity for me to reflect, let you know about some exciting educational…

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University Of Colorado Museum Of Natural History News - January 2020

Museum Matters, a new, recurrent report is designed to inform and update about what is happening at the CU Museum of Natural History, home to the largest natural history collection in the Rocky Mountain region. Herpetology News The Vertebrate…

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CU Campus Closed for Memorial Day

Reminder for all Buffs sticking around the University post-finals: campus will be closed Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. Enjoy your BBQ's, picnics, 10K runs and exploring the great outdoors!

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University Of Colorado Museum Of Natural History News: Museum Matters April 2019

Welcome to Museum Matters, a new, bi-monthly missive designed to inform and update about what is happening at the CU Museum of Natural History, home to the largest natural history collection in the Rocky Mountain region. Keep on Trackin The…

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University Of Colorado Museum Of Natural History News: Museum Matters March 2019

What's Old is New: Revivals in Pueblo Pottery Tues. March 5, 7 PM at Hale Sciences #270 Dr. Steve Leskon, University of Colorado Some of the most famous Southwestern potters "revived" ancient styles, and made those ancestral forms the basis for…

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University Of Colorado Museum Of Natural History News: Museum Matters February 2019

Welcome to Museum Matters, a new, bi-monthly missive designed to inform and update about what is happening at the CU Museum of Natural History, home to the largest natural history collection in the Rocky Mountain region. CU Museum of Natural…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - November 1, 2018

Ascending Through Time - A Brief History of Climbing in Boulder Thurs., November 8, 7 PM-8:30 PM Paleontology Hall Join Open Space and Mountain Park's Johnna Foster (Ranger), David Ford (Recreation Coordinator), and Rui Ferreira (President,…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - May 28, 2018

New Exhibit Explores the Eating Habits of Birds Now Open! BioLounge Gallery Flock to the CU Museum to celebrate the Year of the Bird and learn about how new digital technology allows researchers to better understand our fine feathered friends…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - July 1, 2017

Real Time Air Pollution Impacts Revealed in New Exhibit Ground Level Ozone Now open! McKenna Gallery Ozone is an invisible, odorless gas that can either protect us or harm us depending on where it is found. Since at least the 1950's the United…

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September Is Pollinator Appreciation Month!

Pollinators provide essential services and environmental benefits that maintain the health and beauty of our grasslands, forests, meadows, and other natural areas. Pollinators are declining, placing our food security and natural environment in…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - December 21, 2015

Holiday Campus Closures: Thursday, December 24 Friday, December 25 Thursday, December 31 Friday, January 1 All day CU Museum of Natural History All Galleries CLOSED We will be open our regular hours all other days over winter break.   Learn…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Programs for November 2015

Our new exhibition, Unearthed: Ancient Life in the Boulder Valley*, has been getting rave reviews in the press. This exhibit showcases a set of more than 80 stone implements, all roughly 13,000 years old, which were discovered within Boulder city…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - July 1, 2015

We're Having A Great Time At Our Summer Museum Workshops For Children! Fridays, July 10 - August 8. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $25.00 per workshop    2015 Summer Workshops for Children are filling up! This year's theme is "Leaving Your Mark" in…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - June 2, 2015

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - April 1, 2015

APRIL FAMILY PROGRAMS   No April Fool's here - just lots of great programs and exhibits for families at the CU Museum of Natural History! Details below. April Family Day: Eggs: Which came First? In-Service Day Workshop: All About Tracks…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - MArch 19, 2015

MUSEUM PROGRAMS FOR DAYS OFF SCHOOL  Touch Carts Activities in Steps in Stone, Walking through Time Tuesday, March 24. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. In-Service Day Workshop - All about Tracks  Friday, April 17. 9…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - February 2, 2015

February Family Programs at the University of Colorado Museum  HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY - did you know that groundhogs are in the same genus as the marmots that live in our nearby mountains? Groundhogs are basically "lowland marmots". Ours are…

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January Family Programs at University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

We've got a new line-up of Saturday programs for families this semester - with a different theme each month. In addition to Family Days, we'll be showing movies and hosting a concert by perennial favorites Jeff and Paige. All events are listed on…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - November 21, 2014

Fall Break at the University of Colorado Museum We hope you'll get a chance to come by and explore our newest family-friendly exhibition Steps in Stone, Walking through Time. We'll have special family activities in this gallery all week.   Visit…

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Help us Choose a Title for a New Exhibit!

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is developing a new exhibit that will feature a collection of stone tools that were found in the yard of a Boulder resident in 2008. The tools have been determined to be over 13,000 years old.…

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Exhibit: Extinction

This exhibit will contain various informational panels from Project Passenger Pigeon, which take visitors through the story of the passenger pigeon's extinction, a passenger pigeon specimen from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - September 3, 2014

Museum to Host Conference on Naming Diversity in the 21st Century Names have been used since time immemorial, to identify, track and connote meaning to individuals, geographic points and places, phenomena, library materials, astronomical points and…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - July 31, 2014

In the Museum this Summer 2014 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is proud to present the 2014 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2014 Annual Members Exhibit through September 23, 2014.…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Update - July 2014

In the Museum this Summer 2014 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is proud to present the 2014 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2014 Annual Members Exhibit. This juried exhibition…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - June 5, 2014

Summer Workshops for Children We're ready to explore! Museum Workshops for Children will meet every Friday morning from June 6 through August 8 (except July 4). Look at our natural world through the eyes of a scientist and express yourself through…

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The Sunflower Community Project: A New Citizen Science Project

Calling all gardeners! Do you want to be a scientist this summer? Plant sunflowers in your garden? How about both? The Sunflower Community Project! a new citizen science project from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History This is…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - May 1, 2014

Museum and Field Studies Students Head Off For a Summer of Internships   The current class of MFS graduate students has finished their first year of the two year program, and are headed to various museums and institutions throughout the country to…

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The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History will be Closed on Sunday, April 20, 2014

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History will be closed on Sunday, April 20, 2014 as the University of Colorado-Boulder campus is closed to outside visitors. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you when we…

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New Citizen Science Project: Condor Watch

The California condor - North America's largest bird - is a classic conservation success story, rebounding from 22 individuals in the 1980s to over 400 birds April 15, 2014. However, these giant vultures are still threatened by lead poisoning and…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - March 11, 2014

Museum Family Day and Summer Workshops FAMILY DAY Swarms! Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bees, starlings, butterflies, bats, and grasshoppers are just a few of the animals that are migrating, flocking, herding, schooling,…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - New Exhibit Opening, DNA to Diversity

This new exhibit in the McKenna Gallery, opening to the public on February 20th, 2014, will explore the emerging science of "evo devo" - short for evolutionary developmental biology - which has revolutionized scientists' understanding of the…

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Lecture: Lichen Diversity Decline and its Consequences to the Terrestrial Biome

James Lendemer Institute of Systematic Botany The New York Botanical Garden Lichens are charismatic fungi that form conspicuous and elegant displays on rocks, trees, and soil throughout the world. They are widely thought to be important…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - January 3, 2014

Meet our Faculty and Staff Senior Educator James Hakala See a video clip of Jim in action Jim is hard at work on the "Fossils in the Classroom" project which connects the work of CU faculty researchers with teachers throughout Colorado to provide…

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University Of Colorado Museum Of Natural History News: Support Your Museum!

We hope you have enjoyed the many educational programs and exhibits that the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History offered this past year. As the director of the museum, I would like to personally thank you for your patronage and interest…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History News - December 2013

KIDS and FAMILY ACTIVITIES Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Add a little art to your science - create unique ornaments with natural history themes!  Explore the museum and make an ornament to remember the experience.   Take an up close look…

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Campus Tree Walk at University Of Colorado Museum Of Natural History

Led by  Senior Grounds Specialist Alan Nelson and Facilities Operations Arborist Vince Aquino   The days are growing shorter and cooler and the fall leaves are heading toward their peak. This is the time of year when the University of Colorado…

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Twenty-Eighth Annual Navajo Weaving Silent Auction

Twenty-Eighth Annual Navajo Weaving Silent Auction to Benefit the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Collections Coordinated by Toh-Atin Gallery of Durango. More than 100 antique and contemporary Navajo weavings, ranging from $100 to…

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Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series

"Winds from the North: resolving one of the great mysteries in American archaeology" Scott Ortman, Ph.D., CU Department of Anthropology The origins of the Northern Rio Grande Pueblos and the collapse of Mesa Verde society represent two iconic…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History August 2013

Special Family Activities Summer Workshops for Children Thursdays at the museum Don't miss our last Summer Museum Workshops of 2013! Each workshop meets for three hours of scientific and artistic exploration of our natural world from 9:00 am…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History July 2013

Thursday, July 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dinosaur Detectives: Kindergarten - 2nd grade: Spend some time with our Dinosaurs, exploring them inside and out! What can you learn about dinosaurs by examining their fossils? Become a "junior paleontologist"…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History June 2013

SPECIAL FAMILY ACTIVITIES Summer Workshops for children in kindergarten through 5th grade These three hour workshops provide fun, scientific explorations of our natural world. Each workshop meets for three hours from 9:00 am - noon at the…

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Live Alpacas to Visit CU Boulder

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History to host local Alpacas at the University Memorial Center (UMC) Fountain Join the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Margit Tritt of Rocky Mountain Alpacas for an educational…

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Summer Workshops at the CU Museum

Summer Workshops for children in kindergarten through 5th grade Workshops for ages kindergarten - 2nd grade: A Bug's Life: June 6 or August 8 Join us at the CU Museum as we become entomologists, the scientists who study insects. Use nets to…

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Special Invitation: Attend University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

2013: A Night at the Museum Dear Museum Members, Friends of Museum Advisory Board Members and Friends of the Museum: The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History's Advisory Board cordially invites you to join the Advisory Board, Museum…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Upcoming Programs - March 2013

Meet our Faculty and Staff Virginia Scott Collection Manager, Entomology (VIDEO CLIP) Virginia completed her Master's degree in entomology at Michigan State University. While she continues to be interested in the nesting biology of solitary bees,…

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Exhibition - Ancient Southwest: Peoples, Pottery and Place

Curated by Steve Lekson, this exhibition features more than 100 rarely exhibited ceramics from the museum's celebrated southwestern collection and takes visitors through more than 1000 years (AD 500-1600) of southwestern history. Photographs of…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Upcoming Programs - February 2013

SPECIAL FAMILY ACTIVITIES Saturday, Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. "Sing Along with Jeff and Paige" Jeff and Paige always provide a brilliant blend of catchy tunes and environmental messages. They will perform two shows in the museum at…

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AIA Talk - New Research on Old Pots: Developments InSouthwestern Ceramic Analysis

An Archaeological Institute of America lecture Presented by Deborah Huntley, Ph.D. "Southwestern archaeologists have always studied pottery to help them to understand past human behavior, " says Deborah Huntley. Huntley will share how analyzing…

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27th Annual Navajo Weavings Silent Auction and Benefit

Over 100 Navajo weavings from the Toh-Atin Gallery will be sold at this silent auction to raise money to support the preservation of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History's collections. Weavings ranging from $100 to $15,000 will be…

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Dinosaur Lectures Consider How Sauropod Dinosaurs Moved and Walked

"Dinosaur lectures consider how sauropod dinosaurs moved and walked" Using 3D computer graphics explore sauropod movements with University of Oregon Professor Kent A. Stevens Learn how scientists are using three-dimensional computer…

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Archaeology Day

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Tours, lectures, family activities and a Roman enactor! The museum, Archaeological Institute of America, CU departments of Anthropology and Classics have joined together to celebrate National…

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Upcoming Programs - October 2012

Special Family Day Activities Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. "SSSSuper with Snakes" - $5 for kids under 10 years old - $10 for everyone over 10 years old Meet at the museum for a catered spaghetti dinner that includes snake games…

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How Beetles Are Used in Forensic Investigations with Colorado State University

In his talk Dr. Kondratieff will delve into forensics entomology illustrating how insects and other arthropods collected from human corpses are used to make scientific inferences in criminal investigations. Boris C. Kondratieff is the director of…

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Autumnal Tree Walk CU's Boulder Campus

Led by Ground Specialists Alan Nelson and Vince Aquino The tours meet at and leave from: The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (south entrance) Nelson, who has led these tours for more than 20 years will share the unique…

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