Sense of Exploration

By Jenni Dobson, Curator of Education ~

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The staff at the Loveland Museum are always brainstorming new ways to create interactive experiences for our guests, especially to engage our younger visitors.

Our main-stays of museum interaction have included the GW sugar factory-worker dress-up station, Valentine’s stamping table and various touch screens.

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Over the years, we have added additional touch screens, a poetry phone booth, a mountain man dress-up station (complete with horse saddle), iPads in the art galleries, and a series of scavenger hunts.

Each of these experiences are meant to teach about the subject matter, while giving visitors a way to remember their visit and also have fun.

One of the most favorite hands-on exhibits has been our 1820s carriage. And while this exhibit has always been popular, it has dominated our Senses Alive Gallery space for over 15 years! We have had many comments, mostly from those wondering where the carriage has gone and if it will return.

While we are sure the carriage will make a return to the galleries in the future, for now, we are focusing our Senses Alive Gallery on changing exhibits.

Currently, the Senses Alive Gallery features a sand box for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Inspired by the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park and a marble sculpture rendition of Longs Peak by artist Lisbeth G. Sabol, visitors are encouraged to sculpt their own mountain.

The box, filled with Moon Sand and North American animal figurines, gives visitors the chance to create their own mountain scene. While this might not be the most technologically advanced interactive, it is nice to sit among the landscape photo mural and play in the sand. Our staff has found it relaxing and we hope our visitors do as well!!

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Join us as we celebrate Rocky’s 100th year this summer and use your sense of exploration to discover or re-discover the Loveland Museum!