Children’s Museum of Denver

Feasibility Study + Design

In 1973, Cyndi Kahn, a local educator, entrepreneur and mother, visited the Boston Children’s Museum with her family. She was so impressed that when she returned home, she vowed that the children of Denver would have their own museum. The rest is history. A group including Gail Schoettler, Pat Schroeder and many others made the Children’s Museum of Denver a reality. Our firm was selected by the original board to design the new museum.

We not only designed the space, but also helped construct the exhibits. In the 25 years that followed, we evaluated 40 sites for a permanent home, helped write grants, visited children’s museums throughout the U.S., designed the current museum on the Platte River, sat on the board, and designed a renovation and master planned the building for a major addition called The Center for the Young Child.

The Children’s Museum of Denver—a hands-on, experiential museum—has been a labor of love from the beginning.

Project at a Glance


Denver, Colorado


Children's Museum of Denver


  • Original: $2.8 Million
  • Renovation: $1.5 Million


24,500 s.f.



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