THE FUTURE OF GEOSCIENCES AT THE DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE: REFLECTING ON OUR LAST 113 YEARS TO LOOK FORWARD
Geosciences play a large role in our programming to help stimulate a more scientifically literate public. Geoscience topics are popular with our adult audiences through lectures, classes, canoe trips and evening adult only cocktail parties called Science Lounges. Using the Next Generation Science Standards we have revamped our on-site school program offerings creating a new preschool dinosaur focused experience called “Dig It!” Our children’s summer camps continue to remain wildly popular with topics around dinosaurs, fossils and space.
As we reflect back on the 125 years of GSA and the Museum’s 113 years of geosciences, we must also look forward. While our programming continues to stay innovative, how can our exhibitions also remain relevant? Rather than start with our collection and expertise, the DMNS wants each guest to be able to create “My Museum Experience”, a personal experience that each guest can tailor. We are now looking to our audience to learn more about the topics that interest them and how the Museum can help to create a more science literate public, especially around Earth system science, that is connected with their natural world. With a laser focus on our audiences, how can the DMNS move forward for the next 125 years of geosciences in museums?