Current Exhibits








Steps in Stone, Walking Through Time

Changing Gallery

Running, walking, hopping or even slithering - the movements of animals across the landscape are captured in the tracks they leave behind. Some tracks last only a few moments and others become fossils that endure for millions of years. Steps in Stone, Walking Through Time is a new exhibition of real fossil tracks and trackways from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History collections.

The exhibit is curated by Karen Chin, Ph.D., Curator of Paleontology, Assoc. Prof. of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder and highlights never before exhibited trackway fossils collected by paleontologist Martin Lockley, recently retired from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Featured in the exhibition are interactive exhibits that invite children and adults alike to explore how animals, from insects to dinosaurs, moved across the earth, how their tracks became fossils, and how we study tracks to learn more about ancient landscapes and animals.








Catherine Chalmers


Catherine Chalmers is a multi-media artist whose work focuses on the complex relationship between nature and culture.  Using video, photography, drawing and sculpture, her work aims to give form to the richness, as well as the brutality and indifference that often characterize our connection with animals.  She uses art as a medium to explore and expand her involvement with nature and to discover a way to broaden the cultural significance of the non-human world.








DNA to Diversity:

McKenna Gallery

"DNA to Diversity” aims to educate the public about the emerging science of evolutionary developmental biology, commonly shortened to “evo devo”. This exhibit represents a collaborative effort between the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
and is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Dan Mederios, Ph.D. and David Stock, Ph.D., two researchers from the University of Colorado’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department, are featured in this exhibit, joined by Scott Nichols, Ph.D., a researcher from the University of Denver. Their research is combined with museum specimens, photographs, video, and engaging graphics to provide visitors with a comprehensive understanding of this science.

• Download a Power Point lecture by Dr. Mederios slideshow [1.8 MB].


What in the World?: Samurai

Anthropology Hall

The focus of the exhibit is on Japanese swords, blades and other armaments used by Samurai warriors, primarily from the 17th Century. This exhibit provides a glympse of the Museum's extensive collection of Asian artifacts donted by H. Medill Sarkisian.

• To learn more about this exhibit: Samurai



Contemporary Pueblo Pottery

Anthropology Hall

Contemporary Pueblo Pottery showcases pottery from historical and contemporary Pueblo potters who remember and honor the ancient pottery produced by their ancestors. Themes, techniques and styles from places like Mesa Verde and the Mimbres Valley are revisited in these strikingly beautiful examples of contemporary Pueblo ceramics.












Fossils: Clues to the Past

Paleontology Hall

Explore the Paleontology Hall and the exhibit "Fossils: Clues to the Past" to see how fossils are studied and what things can be learned from them.









Discovery Corner: Just for Kids

The Discovery Corner is a hands-on exhibit for children and families to explore. It is located in the basement to the right of the stairs.

In this room you can • Touch things   • Pick things up   • Try things on   • Try things out

What else can you do in the Discovery Corner?

Put together puzzles
Identify fossils
See Colorado animals

Check out animal lunch boxes
Learn how to grind corn
Touch bones, antlers, and artifacts

Card (comb out) wool
Design a Navajo blanket
Perform a puppet show'


This special exhibit invites children of all ages to learn about natural history...