Exhibits

BioLounge

Located on the Museum's lower level, the BioLounge is an inviting, relaxing, and totally unique space here at the Museum of Natural History. An amalgamation of exhibit, cabinet of curiosities, coffee bar, lounge, and venue for science, art, and music, the BioLounge brings a new approach to the art and science of biodiversity.

 

The Films of Jean Painlevé – Born in Paris in 1902, Painlevé was a pioneer in scientific cinema. He promoted his work with the tagline, “Science is fiction.” This showing of a small collection of his films showcases his unique take on the natural world.  

Jeff Mitton – A professor in the CU EBIO department and a regular contributor to the Daily Camera, Mitton writes on a variety of subjects related to natural history. Featured articles by Mitton in the BioLounge are accompanied by a specimen from the museum's collections.

Contraband – Items featured in this exhibit were illegally traded and had been seized by the US Fish and Wildlife Repository and subsequently donated to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History to be used in education about the illegal wildlife trade around the world. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Repository, where these seized items are housed, recently made international headlines by smashing hundreds of pounds of ivory; CU-student produced videos on the Ivory Crush accompany this exhibit. 

International Migratory Bird Day Posters – Environment for the Americas, a conservation organization based in Boulder, commissions a poster each year to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, which takes place on the second Saturday in May. These posters represent the themes for each year since 2000. While these posters are displayed in the museum, "bird friendly" coffee will be served in the BioLounge.

Olsen-Chubbuck Skulls – These bison skulls were excavated at the Olsen-Chubbuck site, southeast of Kit Carson, CO, in 1958 and 1960 by University of Colorado Museum of Natural History anthropology Joe Ben Wheat. This archaeological dates to approximately 8000-6500 BC and contains a bone bed of over 200 bison that had been killed and processed by Paleo-Indian hunters.

Moths: In-Common/Un-Common – This exhibit showcases moths that are native to Colorado and others from the tropics, which provides an in-depth look at the anatomy and variation of moths and how the environment affects evolutionary traits. 

The Bees Needs – A citizen science project developed by the Entomology Collection at the museum, this two year old project helps scientists to monitor the bee populations in Boulder and surrounding areas. This exhibit details how the Bees Needs project works and how researchers can utilize the data collected by citizens throughout the Front Range. 

The BioLounge is designed as a growing and changing lounge/exhibit space featuring exhibits, electronic and live presentations, and programs that will highlight the work of the faculty, staff, and collaborators of the University of Colorado. Exhibits and programs will change frequently to stay current, so the BioLounge will seem new each time you visit. Stop by for a cup of coffee or tea to relax, explore, and find inspiration.