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    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) is the largest natural history museum between Chicago and the West Coast of the United States.
    Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Colorado Museum of Natural History 1908
  • Schwachheim and Brown at the Folsom Site
  • Frances and Mary Crane

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    Frances and Mary Crane donated their collection of Native American objects to Denver Museum of Nature & Science in 1968.
    Frances and Mary Crane
  • Snowmastodon Sculture

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    The bronze sculpture of an American mastodon (Mammut americanum) is permanently installed outside the Museum. More information about Snowmastonon sculpture.
    Snowmastodon Sculture
  • Children "excavate" fossils at the Discovery Zone

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    The Discovery Zone is bursting with activities that help build a strong foundation of science skills in young children through hands-on, highly experiential Museum experiences. Exhibits, activities, and programs focus on science process skills, such as observing, quantifying, inquiring, analyzing, creating, and communicating. Children can "excavate" fossils, manipulate and observe water in action, experiment with building methods and materials, and conduct investigations and create art projects.
    Children "excavate" fossils at the Discovery Zone

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References: 

Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Kristine A. Haglund, Richard K. Stucky, and Pamela Wineman, “A Museum Here Founded: A Summative History,” in Denver’s Natural History Museum: A History, ed. Kirk Johnson et al., Annals No. 4 (Denver: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2013).

Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Stephen E. Nash, and Steven R. Holen, Crossroads of Culture: Anthropology Collections at the Denver Museum of             Nature & Science (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2010).

Kris Haglund, Denver Museum of Natural History: The First 90 Years (Denver: Denver Museum of Natural History, 1990).

Joyce Herold, “Grand Amateur Collecting in the Mid-Twentieth Century: The Mary W.A. and Francis V. Crane American Indian Collection,” in Collecting Native America, 1870–1960, ed. Shepard Krech, and Barbara A. Hail (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999).

Additional Information: 

Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Stephen E. Nash, Steven R. Holen, and Marc N. Levine, “Anthropology: Unearthing the Human Experience,” in Denver’s Natural History Museum: A History, ed. Kirk Johnson et al., Annals No. 4 (Denver: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2013).

Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Stephen E. Nash, “Woman, Myth, Legend: Hannah Marie Wormington and North American Archaeology,” Kiva 78, no. 3 (Spring 2013).

Hannah Marie Wormington, “Jesse Dade Figgins, 1867–1944,” American Anthropologist 48, no. 1 (January–March 1946).

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