Published: July 14, 2017

CU Boulder offers a variety of art and history museums and exhibitions open to the campus community at no cost. Take a look below to see what's on display.

Musuem of Natural History

Ground Level Ozone
The Ground Level Ozone exhibit takes a look at how human activities have increased the amount of ground level ozone, an invisible, highly irritating gas that forms just above the earth’s surface, to a level that is harmful to life on our planet. Located in the McKenna Gallery hall.

Unearthed: Ancient Life in the Boulder Valley
This new exhibit features a collection of 80-plus stone tools known as The Mahaffy Cache that was found in a Boulder backyard in 2008. The tools date back approximately 13,000 years, near the end of the last ice age. The exhibition explores the science behind the extraordinary discovery through interactive elements and touchable replicas. Located in the Anthropology Hall.

Fossils: Clues to the Past
A permanent member of the natural history museum, Fossils: Clues to the Past allows visitors to see how fossils are studied and what things can be learned from them. Located in the Paleontology Hall.

Visit the Museum of Natural History exhibits at Henderson Building weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Museum

Elemental Forms
Minimalism, conceptualism and geometric abstraction prevail in Elemental Forms. Experimentations with color interaction, artistic process and instruction are on view in the prints, drawings, paintings and sculptures featured in the exhibition. 

Visit the Art Museum exhibit, located in the Visual Arts Complex, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Heritage Center

Here Comes Ralphie!
Discover CU's early unoffical mascots—including a dog, goat and donkey—and learn about Ralphie's extraordinary appearances over the last 50 years, when the university named the buffalo its official mascot.

CU in Space
The space exploration gallery currently highlights: CU's 20 system-wide astronauts, an Aerobee rocket suspended from the ceiling, artifacts recovered from the wreckage of space shuttle Challenger, a lunar sample and other spacesuits and equipment used by astronauts. 

Visit the Heritage Center exhibits on the third floor of Old Main from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

University Libraries

Native American Geographies
On display at the Earth Sciences & Map Library through Aug. 4, the exhibit highlights art and maps that address the history of indigenous peoples' lands in the U.S., focusing on the difficulty of accurately mapping lands that were coercively transferred over time. 

Visit the Native American Geographies exhibit at the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Sanctuary
Norlin Library currently has a sculpture on display that incorporates elements of design from religions spanning millennia from all over the world, creating a non-denominational sanctuary. 

Visit the Sanctuary exhibit on the second-floor east stairwell landing in Norlin. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.