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Current Special Exhibits

Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
February 13-May 9, 2004
Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu, a 400-year-old Peruvian palace and one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world. This exhibit explores the origins and uses of Machu Picchu, which was rediscovered in 1911 by Yale professor and archaeologist Hiram Bingham III. You’ll see some of the finest surviving examples of Inca art, a replica of an ancient Inca road, an interactive tour of an Inca palace complex, and an interactive laboratory that shows how archaeologists in the 21st century interpret the 15th century. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in an unparalleled archaeological treasure!

Major support for the exhibit comes from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Connecticut Humanities Council, and The William Bingham Foundation, as well as from numerous individual donors.

Ancient Denvers
Currently showing
Travel back in time millions of years to witness Denver’s astonishingly varied past! This exhibit unveils thirteen remarkable paintings that depict the Front Range’s many prehistoric incarnations—from rugged mountains to seashore to rainforest and desert.

Upcoming Exhibits

The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt
Opens September 10, 2004

Ancient Egyptians held strong beliefs about the afterlife, so strong that they built vast burial tombs filled with treasures in their quest for immortality. This exhibition explores that quest and the magnificent objects associated with it. Delve into the daily lives of the pharaohs, visit a life-size re-creation of the tomb of Thutmosis III, and see the largest selection of antiquities ever loaned by Egypt for exhibition in North America. Egypt features more than 115 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Luxor Museum, and the sites of Tanis and Deir el-Bahari, from the New Kingdom (1550–1069 B.C.) through the Late Period (664–332 B.C.).

Past Exhibits

For information on any of the following past exhibits, please e-mail us at [email protected].

Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall
March 21
June 8, 2003

The Lost Spacecraft: Liberty Bell 7 Recovered
Oct. 4, 2002–Jan. 26, 2003

Powers of Nature
Feb. 15–May 5, 2002

Honoring the Sky: Lakota Star Knowledge and Belief
Sept. 7, 2001–April 28, 2002

Voyages of Discovery
Sept. 7, 2001–Jan. 6, 2002

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
March 2–May 28, 2001


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Permanent Exhibits
Australia and South Pacific Islands  
Bears and Sea Mammals  
Botswana: Safari to Wild Africa  
Edge of the Wild  
Egyptian Mummies  
Explore Colorado  
Gems and Minerals  
Hall of Life  
North American Indian Cultures  
North American Wildlife  
Prehistoric Journey  
Rare Birds  
South America  
Space Odyssey  

For Kids
Discovery Zone  
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