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New Programs Thanks to New Funds
The Museum grew by leaps and bounds in the 1980s and 1990s. Two new wings and connecting atria on the building’s east side provided room for a new entrance, shop, and cafeteria, the Hall of Life, Prehistoric Journey, and numerous temporary exhibitions. Blockbuster exhibitions, such as Ramses II: The Great Pharaoh and His Time and AZTEC: The World of Moctezuma, attracted throngs of visitors and helped us build the largest volunteer corps of any natural history museum in the country. Aging diorama halls were transformed into the inviting and interactive Edge of the Wild and Explore Colorado. Behind the scenes, staff worked to ensure that the 650,000 objects in our collections will be preserved for another hundred years, and our scientists headed out to the field to study wildlife populations, excavate fossils, and search for signs of ancient humans.

Many of these activities were made possible by funds from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), created by area voters in 1988. The SCFD is a 0.1 percent sales tax that helps fund institutions like the Museum. Denver and its neighbors pioneered this method of supporting their cultural and educational organizations—support that has given the Museum valued financial stability.

Introduction—100 Years Young
Chapter 1—A Museum is Born
Chapter 2—Placing the Museum on the Map
Chapter 3—A Director Leaves a Lasting Impression
Chapter 4—Huge Boost to Anthropology Collections
Chapter 5—IMAX Comes to Denver
Chapter 7—Launching the Space Science Initiative

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