Denver Museum of Nature & Science Receives Anonymous $25 Million Donation

An anonymous donor has given $25 million to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and its supporting organization, the DMNS Foundation, in the largest donation in the institution’s 121-year history.

Ten percent of the donation will go to the museum to help with staffing, equipment and launch activities, the museum said. The remaining 90% will help establish an endowment fund at the DMNS Foundation. Annual distributions of this amount will support the museum’s curatorial work.

The museum’s director of anthropology and senior curator of archaeology, Stephen E. Nash, said the gift will take the museum’s work to another level.

“This will position the museum as a leader in culturally inclusive artifact conservation in the Rocky Mountain region, nationally and internationally,” Nash said.

The museum said its science division collects and maintains a natural history collection made up of 4.3 million artifacts and specimens, including items of scientific and cultural significance in archaeology, ethnology, geology, paleontology, science health, zoology and archives.

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