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Exhibits

Learn about the world of nature


Globe Photo Credit: Bruce Norman & Russ Burden

Permanent Exhibits

The 151,000 sq ft prairie mission style facility is home to Globeology, featuring open dioramas interpreting eight biomes of the world as well as an impressive Wildlife Art Collection.​

Please note: there are no online ticket sales for daily admissions to the museum.​ The exhibits are included in the cost of daily museum admission.
 

 Globeology

Globeology is a one-of-a-kind experience featuring eight significant biomes from around the world. From the Arctic to the depths of the oceans, you will find yourself nose to nose with polar bears, clown fish and howler monkeys.

In this 30,000-square-foot permanent exhibit, visitors can:

•Get an astronaut’s view of Earth

•Delight in a 17-foot waterfall

•Enjoy the magic of the northern lights

•Observe life at an African watering hole

•Explore majestic reefs

•Discover the secrets of caves and much more!

Before entering Globeology, visitors get an astronaut’s view of Earth with our unique Science On a Sphere® (SOS) exhibit. SOS is a spherical display system approximately 6 feet in diameter which shows images, movies and datasets of animated Earth system dynamics. It takes visitors on a trip around the world exploring the Earth’s land, water and atmosphere via an interactive kiosk.

Visitors then enter Globeology and are immersed in the major biomes of the world. The journey begins high in the canopy of the tropical rainforest and continues with state-of-the-art animatronics and special visual and sound effects, multi-media games and interactive touch screens. These features, in conjunction with the realistic exhibits, provide visitors with a unique and immersive experience with the world’s wildlife and habitats.

The exhibit is complemented by museum docents sharing biofacts about animals found in a particular biome and pointing out some of the hidden animals in the exhibit. A daily highlight in Globeology is the coral reef fish feeding program where visitors can see the reef come to life as the various fish and invertebrate species feed on shrimp, krill and plankton.

School teachers and group leaders looking to enhance their visit with a hands-on, standards-based program can find more information on our Field Trips page.

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 Cubs Corner

Designed for children ages 5 and under, Cubs Corner is a place where a kid can be a kid. It provides a stimulating environment in which children can learn basic concepts and ideas about the natural world. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations as they dress up as various animals. The gallery also includes a reading area and an arts and crafts area where children can create their own artwork.

The “cubs” in Cubs Corner can build and solve puzzles that correlate to specific environments, including the rainforest, mountains and the ocean. It is here that children are introduced to a wide variety of animals and concepts and begin to understand the natural world.

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 Science on a Sphere

Occupying the introductory gallery that precedes Globeology is an educational element developed by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration called Science on a Sphere. Science on a Sphere is a global display that utilizes computer imagery and multiple projectors to project information about Earth onto a six-foot diameter sphere. The effect is that of a life-like hovering globe displaying animated content that covers information on topics such as atmospheric storms, climate change and ocean temperature. Science on a Sphere’s high-impact educational introduction is a synergistic complement to the exhibit and serves to prepare guests for the adventure that awaits them in Globeology.

 
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 Search for Essence

Visitors to the Liniger Building at CU South Denver have an unprecedented opportunity to see The Wildlife Experience art collection in its entirety. Over one hundred wildlife paintings and sculptures by internationally acclaimed nature artists such as Robert Bateman, John Banovich, John Seerey-Lester, Morten Solberg, Kent Ullberg and Bart Walter are now shown together in the elegant 7,000 sq ft gallery. Works by renowned artists from our region such as Gerald Balciar, Kenneth Bunn and Veryl Goodnight, among others, create a stunning exhibition. The contemplative environment hosts reading and rest areas to ponder quotations by the artists that inspire concern and appreciation for the natural world, or provide insights to the artists’ philosophy and motivation. Dave and Gail Liniger established this notable collection over a period of several decades by collecting works by artists they knew and admired. When they founded The Wildlife Experience, their gift of a large number of important wildlife art pieces provided the basis of the collection which continued to expand with gifts from the Linigers and other generous donors over the past 14 years. In addition to Search for Essence, the exhibit on view in the gallery, the museum art collection extends to additional sculpture on display in the Liniger Building, its courtyard and along the nature trail surrounding the facility.  

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 Discovery Den

The Wildlife Experience created Discovery Den with the adventurous nature of children in mind. Designed for children ages 6 to 12, Discovery Den enhances their knowledge of animals and the natural world.

Hands-on exhibits such as “Marble Mountain” describe erosion and how it can be minimized to protect wildlands. “H2Ohhhh!!!!” is a fun exhibit that traces the water cycle and addresses the issue of water conservation in Colorado. For adventures from around the world, children can enjoy special videos presented by The Wildlife Experience’s own “Bear Adventurer,” Max Brown. In “Max Brown’s Theater,” visitors go on a worldwide adventure as they learn about animals and habitats in remote parts of the planet.

Additionally, there are science areas where children can learn about animal physiology. It is here that children develop a life-long curiosity and respect for our natural world.

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 Colorado Profiles

Colorado alone has over 700 animal species and from mesas to mountains to plains, it is comprised of a variety of different ecosystems. Colorado Profiles, in the Theater Lobby, documents the range of habitats found along three profiles that cross a great diversity of life in Colorado through the well-known photography of John Fielder. Along with the Fielder photographs that document the ecosystems are the elevations of many Colorado cities and locations such as Dinosaur National Monument, Steamboat Springs, Burlington and Colorado National Monument. The exhibit is broken down into three major ecosystems: Mesas, Mountains and Plains. The photographs within each ecosystem beautifully represent the physical characteristics of the ecosystem and the wildlife often found in these areas. Some of the Fielder photographs used in the exhibit are Flattops Fog, Rattlesnake Canyon Arch, Uncompahgre White Aspen, Pawnee Buttes Wildflowers #2 and Comanche Grassland. The exhibit visually presents the variance in elevation found in Colorado and the dramatic and beautiful changes in ecosystems as you travel from one side of the state to the other.

 
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Rotating Exhibits

 H2Oh!

Open now through July 31
Ocean Gallery (at the end of the Coral Reef in Globeology)
 

Come see the Mile High Wildlife Photo Club’s winning entries that celebrate water in its many mediums. From frozen, diamond-like glacier blocks washed ashore a black volcanic beach to stunning sunset colors illuminating a mirrored lake surface, these exquisite photographs capture the beauty and versatility of water and its life-giving properties.

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 Colorado Building Workshop – Design Build

Now open - May 31
Located in Nurturing Nature

Having just returned from its show at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, France as part of the international exhibit entitled “Grey Matter- material, architecture and reuse,” the Design-Build exhibit has come to the Liniger Building at CU South Denver. Colorado Building Workshop founder, Rick Sommerfeld, has built 9 community projects in Colorado and, in collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF, 5 charitable homes in Southern Utah.

Rick’s work with Colorado Building Workshop and DesignBuildBLUFF has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Architectural Record, Mark Magazine, and Colorado Architect. His projects have also been covered in two recent books, “Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World” and “Architectural Follies.”

In the last 5 years, under Rick’s direction, Colorado Building Workshop has exhibited work at the AIA National Convention, Denver International Airport, 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver, and the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Center. His work has received over a dozen local and national awards including the 2015 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award, 2014 ACSA Design Build Award, two AIA Colorado Young Architect’s Award for project of the year, a Western Mountain Region AIA Honor Award and a Gold Hard Hat Award for Outstanding Small Project.

Rick’s pedagogical vision for the Design Build program is heavily focused on integrated project delivery. This requires students to work closely with engineers and consultants at the earliest stages of design, testing their ideas against contextual and programmatic constraints. He believes this enhances the practical application of architectural theory and promotes a blend of hands-on skills, authentic learning, and material exploration to construct buildings for communities in need.

Come see the Design-Build exhibit—it is sure to inspire the next generation of architects, engineers, and humanitarians alike.​ 

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 Lars Metal Arts

Open now through July 31
Theater Lobby

During the month of July, EVERY single piece on display will be 20% off.

The artwork displayed on The Theater Lobby Wall is created with metals that have been colored and aged by an accelerated patination process formulated by artists Keith and Nancy Chew.  This dynamic and artistically prolific couple are also noted for innovative interior design and the creation of award-winning functional art.  During the past 30 years, the pair have produced over 2,000 residential and commercial installations including uniquely designed furniture, lighting, faux painting and, in recent years, two dimensional art.

Keith creates his own formulations and patination procedures on bronze, steel, titanium, and primarily, copper.  Embracing nature, he cuts and layers shapes of metal to form a landscape base.  Wildlife and groundcovers are drawn and pressed onto the metal using an ancient artistic technique called ‘repousse.’  Many works are highlighted by Nancy’s painting with acrylic and sculptural resins to embellish trees, flowers, and wild animals.

All frames are individually handmade of wood and metal to compliment each artwork piece.  Finally, all metal surfaces are coated with lacquer, making them durable, color fixed, and possible to clean with a soft damp cloth.

Lars Metal Art is also renowned for producing astonishingly beautiful doors, fireplaces, range hoods, back splashes, ceilings, wall surfaces, and furniture, primarily in patinated copper.  Additionally, Keith participates in fine art shows and has work featured in galleries across Colorado and Michigan.

Each enchanting Lars Metal Art piece is original or commissioned to meet client specifications of size, color, and composition.  The metal art displayed at The Wildlife Experience may be purchased at the Front Desk and taken​ home the same day of purchase.  Also, Lars Metal Art will specially package and ship (shipping charges apply) worldwide.

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 Summers in the South

Open now through Sept. 1
SOS Bridge

The Summers family has been photographing birds and animals in the world’s wild places since the 70s. Rita and Charlie Summers went to Antarctica for the first time in 2006 and fell in love with the icy areas south of the 50th parallel. They have returned four times since then and were joined in the Falkland Islands in 2009 by their son, Chuck, who is also developing a passion for wildlife photography. Charlie Summers was named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year—the highest honor given in the wildlife photography field. Rita is one of the women photographers represented in Mother Earth, a collection of works of women writers and photographers. The Summers’ have had photos in most nature magazines and calendars published in the U.S. Their photographs will let you experience the excitement of being surrounded by some of nature’s most endearing creatures.​

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 Wild Things - Wild Places

Open now through July 31
Habitat Hallway

Wild Things – Wild Places features the work of nature photographers from the Mile High Wildlife Photography Club (MHWPC). The favorite photographic subject for members of MHWPC is, of course, wildlife. The search for images of both common and exotic species takes members to many beautiful, wild, and stunning places both close to home and far away. Chosen through competition, these images present some of the club member’s favorites and are the club’s 15th exhibition at The Wildlife Experience museum.

Based in Parker, Colorado, MHWPC was founded in 1976 to provide members the opportunity to learn about wildlife and scenic photography. It is the only photo club to win the Nature’s Best Photography, Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition in the Camera Club category twice, having won in 2007 and 2010.

MHWPC meets in The Wildlife Experience theater on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information about the club’s presenters, competitions and outings, visit their website at www.mhwpc.org.

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 Creepy Crawlies

Open now through Oct. 15
Nurturing Nature

 

Come and see preserved specimens of the mini monsters among us--spiders, scorpions, bats, and insects—as well as our collection of macro photography that enables you to see these tiny giants 300x closer than is possible with the unaided human eye.  Included in this presentation is a collection of Beetle posters that was developed by the exhibits department of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Boulder.

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 Confiscated

Open now through Oct. 15
Nurturing Nature

Contraband (noun) 1. Goods that are prohibited by law from being imported or exported.

Poach (verb) 1. Steal, rob, plunder, hunt or fish illegally

Extinct (adj) 1. No longer in existence

2. (in biology) an animal or plant species having no living representative

The materials you see in this exhibit were confiscated by the United Stated government. They were seized while being illegally exported or imported into the country. Globally, hundreds of millions of plants and animals are traded illegally every year. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and ornamental plants to a vast array of wildlife products and derivatives, such as fish and other food products, exotic leather goods, musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines, which can be found in markets around the globe.

Estimated value of illegal global wildlife trade per year: $8,000,000,000 – $10,000,000,000.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is the government agency responsible for enforcing the law regarding illegal trafficking of wildlife and maintains a 22,000 square foot national repository in Denver, CO for confiscated materials.

Items at the repository are stored in a secure environment, and disposed of in accordance with the law. Many are donated to educational facilities, non-profit organizations and conservation agencies to educate the public about endangered species and other wildlife. Other items are used in scientific research to help identify and protect wildlife. 

Museums hold many materials both cultural and biological which would be considered illegal to move outside of their institutions under current U.S. law. Through a permit process defined by the U.S. government, museums are able to loan materials to other institutions as well as acquire new material.

Museums go to great length to ensure that materials they might receive do not include threatened species, have been collected ethically and contain verifiable documentation of origin.​

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 Managing Eden

Now open
Located in Habitat Hallway

“With over six billion people living on the planet our impact on the environment has caused significant challenges throughout the world. We are now experiencing unprecedented declines in biodiversity, global climate change, and widespread depletion of our natural resources. As these changes begin to unravel complex ecosystems, the very fabric of life and our ability to survive on the planet will be in jeopardy.

Throughout my career I have been working on a photographic project, titled Managing Eden. Through this project I have photographed hunting, wildlife reintroduction projects, habitat manipulation, contraceptive testing to manage wildlife populations, river restoration, the development of devices designed to deter or attract predators, raptor banding, genetic testing, and the creation of biological collections.

These photographs are an exploration of our precarious relationship to nature, our stewardship of wildness, and the ways in which we intervene-believing that we can control and manage wildness, even bring it back to life-in spite of our devastating impact on the environment.” - Joann Brennan​

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