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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.​


 

 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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 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 arts-and-crafts areas where children can create their own animal masterpiece, and science areas where they 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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 Liniger Private Collection

For the first time, the museum’s wildlife art collection—which includes more than 90 works of art—will be shown in its entirety. Experience the unique perspectives of master artist-naturalists, including Robert Bateman, John Seerey-Lester, Daniel Smith, Kent Ullberg, Gerald Balciar and others. From the North American wilderness to life in the African savanna, viewers will be drawn into a closer understanding of nature and what it means to be truly wild.

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