Volunteer Art Wall

About the Volunteer Inspiration Art Wall

The new volunteer lounge will include a prominent Volunteer Inspiration Art Wall displaying 205 unique images that represent the Museum. Most are photos of precious artifacts and specimens from collections by esteemed Museum photographer Rick Wicker. As a thank-you for your donation of $500 or more, you may select from among available images and create a personal inscription to appear beneath that image. Please act quickly, because supplies are limited.

If you would like to donate to the Volunteer Engagement Center without selecting an image, you may do so here.

If you would like to view sample inscriptions, you may do so here.

If you would like to learn more about the Volunteer Engagement Center, you may do so here


Agate with "Moo" pattern on polished surface

Albino Grey Owl

Albino Great grey owl, Strix nubulosa

American Mastodon Mandible

Fossil bones of Mammut americanum from Jefferson County, Colorado

American Mastodon Teeth

Fossil upper teeth, Mammut americanum, Snowmastodon excavation


Amethyst, from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico


Ammonite surrounded by septarian nodule from Wyoming

Ancient Deer Jaw and Teeth

Detail of deer jaw and teeth with skeleton in matrix from Snowmastodon excavation

Apache Basket

San Carlos Apache, Arizona

Aquamarine and Smoky Quartz, Horizontal

Aquamarine and smoky quartz crystals from Mt. Antero, Colorado

Aquamarine and Smoky Quartz, Vertical

Aquamarine and smoky quartz crystals from Mt. Antero, Colorado

Armband, Narrow

Papua New Guinea, South Pacific

Armband, Wide

Papua New Guinea, South Pacific

Arrow, bow, and quiver

Mescalero Apache

Beetle Wing Necklace

World Ethnology collection

Betel Box

Silver box and lid used to store betel, northern Thailand

Black on White Canteen

Ancestral Puebloan, American Southwest

Black on White Ceramic Mug

Ancestral Puebloan, Four Corners region

Black Widow Spider

Live Western black widow spider, Latrodectus hesperus, in captivity.


Brulé Sioux, from Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota


Haida, from Northwest Coast

Brulé Sioux Bag

Bag made of bison skin, feathers, beads, and quills, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota

Brulé Sioux Club

Biconical stone club, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota

Buffalo Hide Shield

Painted buffalo hide, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico

Campion Gold

Campion Gold from Breckenridge, Colorado

Ceramic Canteen with Katsina Figure

Hopi Reservation, Arizona

Ceramic Jug

Ancient Peru

Ceramic Plate

Tripod plate with warrior image, Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

Chancay Effigy Jar

Chancay effigy jar from Peru


Maori, from New Zealand


Manicina areolata- coral from Palm Beach, Florida


Outstanding specimen of Covelite crystals from Rio Grand County, Colorado


Kelsey Lake diamonds

Donald Phillipson butterfly collection

Donald Phillipson butterfly collection

Drawer of Butterflies

Mostly from genus Euphaedra, in an original Mason drawer, donated circa 1918


Blackfeet, beaded deerskin

Drum and Drumstick

Blackfoot hoop drum with brown bison motif

Effigy Jars

Maya, from Guatemala

Effigy Vessel

Turtle, Shaft Tomb Culture, Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica


Elbaite, from the Brown Derby mine in Gunnison, Colorado


Stone, from Papua New Guinea

Fluorite crystal

Fluorite crystal from the Rya Mine in Illinois

Folsom Point Archives

Documents and images of the Folsom Point find

Fossil Ammonite

Jeletzkytes nodosus from Late Cretaceous, Pierre Shale Formation

Fossil Bison Jaw

Bison jaw from Snowmastodon excavation

Fossil Bison Vertebra

Fossil Bison neck vertebra from Snowmass aka Snowmastodon excavation

Fossil Crinoids

Fossil crinoid Aesiocrinus, on display in Prehistoric Journey

Fossil Egg

Fossil bird egg from White River Formation in Wyoming, Oligocene period

Fossil Flower

Fossil Flower from Green River Basin

Fossil Fly

Fossil fly collected in Garfield Count, Colorado

Fossil Leaf

Fossil Leaf from the Green River Basin in Colorado

Fossil Leaf, Castle Rock Road

Holomorphtype from Castle Rock Road cut, Douglas County, Colorado

Fossil Leaf, Cycadales

Fossil Leaf, Cycadales, from the Green River Basin in Colorado

Fossil Leaf, Green River Basin

Fossil Leaf from the Green River Basin in Colorado

Fossil Plam

Fossil palm from Green River Formation, Lincoln Wyoming

Fossil Seed

Fossil seed from Garfield, Colorado, Green River Formation

Fossil Shell, Acrioceras

Acrioceras shell from Early Cretaceous

Fossil Shell, Late Devonian

Discoclymenia cucullatus shell from Late Devonian

Fossil Shell, Middle Jurassic

Kosmoceras shell from Middle Jurassic

Fossil Skull

Fossil skull of Machairodus coloradensis from Late Miocene/Pliocene, Yuma, Colorado

Fossil Trilobite

Olenellus fowleri from the Pioche Formation, Cambrian period; found in Lincoln, Nevada

Fossil Turtle Skull

Trionyx skull from Araphahoe County, Colorado

Gargoyleosaurus parkpinorum Skull

Skull found in Morrison Formation from Wyoming

Gold Effigy Figurine

Pre-Columbian, Chiriqui province, Costa Rica

Green Beetle

Stunning presence of the beetle Chrysophora chrysochlora

Ground Sloth Claw

Fossil sloth foot claw, Megalonyx jeffersonii, from Snowmastodon excavation


Bladed gypsum from Naica, Mexico

Hand Fan

Cook Islands, South Pacific

Havasupai Basket Tray

Havasupai, Arizona

Havasupai Basket with Lid

Havasupai, Arizona


Viking helmet, from Norway

Herbarium Sheet, Foamflower

Herbarium Sheet of Foamflower from Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Herbarium Sheet, Licorice Fern

Herbarium Sheet of Licorice fern from Ranger station in Olympic National Park, WA

Herbarium Sheet, Showy Milkweed

Herbarium Sheet of Showy Milkweed from Boulder County, Colorado

Hilili Katsina

Hilili Katsina figure, Arizona

Hon Katsina

Hon Katsina figure, Arizona

Hopi Canteen

Ceramic Hopi canteen, Arizona

Hopi Katsina Dolls

Three kachina figures

Hopi Ladle

Ceramic Hopi ladle, Arizona

Hopi Olla

Ceramic Hopi olla, Arizona

Hopi Talavai Katsina

Talavai Katsina figure, Arizona

Hopi Tatangaya Katsina

Tatangaya katsina figure, Arizona

House Panel

Inspired by Kwakiutl culture, British Columbia, Canada

Incensario, Chiapas

Mayan, Chiapas, Mexico

Incensario, Guatamala

Mayan, Guatemala

Iñupiat Parka

North Slope, Alaska

Jade Pendant

Maori, from New Zealand


Greek amphora

Katsina Doll, Closeup

Hopi, Arizona

Kiwi Mount

Apterys Australis, New Zealand

Lakota Vest

Vest made of bison hide, fully beaded and decorated with porcupine quills

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli from Colorado, on display in Coors Mineral Hall

Last Grizzly, skin

Skin of last confirmed Grizzly in Colorado, Ursus arctos horribilis, female

Last Grizzly, skull

Skull of last confirmed Grizzly in Colorado, Ursus arctos horribilis, female

Long-horned Beetle, Japan

Rosalia batesi (Family Cerambycidae), Ogawadani, Japan

Long-horned Beetle, Texas

Plinthocoelium suaveolens (Burmelia Borer) from Comal County, Texas


Unusual leaf-like mass of delicate fibrous aggregates from Arizona

Mammoth Jaw and Tooth

Fossil mammoth mandible and tooth from the Snowmastodon excavation

Manatee Diorama

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Manatee diorama

Many Hands Shirt

Lakota Sioux shirt worn by Chief Daniel Black Horn

Mars Rover

Artist's concept of NASA's Mars 2020 rover on the surface of Mars.

Mask, Kwakiutl-inspired

Mask, inspired by Kwakiutl culture of British Columbia, Canada

Mask, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, South Pacific

Mastodon Tooth

Mastodon Tooth from Snowmass Excavation 2010

Mastodon Vertebra

Masodon vertebra from the Snowmass aka Snowmasodon excavation

Melanesian Armband

Melanesian Armband, narrow

Melanesian Armband, wide

Papua New Guinea

Melanesian Bracelet

Papua New Guinea

Melanesian Necklace

Boar tusks and cowery shells, Papua New Guinea

Melanesian Pendant

Papua New Guinea

Melanesian Statue

Papua New Guinea


Spray of Slender with prismatic crystals more than one inch long, from Poona, India


Southern Cheyenne or Arapaho

Moccasins with green

Southern Inunaina (Southern Arapaho)

Moccasins with red

Southern Inunaina (Southern Arapaho)

Nest and Eggs

Nest with eggs of the Chipping Sparrow

O'odham Basket

O'odham, from Arizona

Origin of Species

Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" and "The Descent of Man"

Ornithoptera Priamus

Butterfly from Biak Island of New Guinea


Varient of arsenic trisulfide discovered in the Twin Creek Mine in Humbolt County, Nevada

Ossemans Fossils

1834 French publicaton by Baron Georges Cuvier, from the Rare Book collection

Owl Mask

Inspired by Kwakiutl culture, British Columbia, Canada

Parasitic Wasp

Pimplinae (Family Ichneumonida), focus stack of 32 images by Christopher C. Grinter

Peruvian Jar

Ancient Peru

Pipe and Bag

Sioux, from North America


Hopi, from Arizona

Planet Birth

Artist's concept of a possible new planet detected by the Spitzer Space Telescope

Polychrome Jar

Ancestral Puebloan, American Southwest

Pterosaur Skeleton

Cast of Pterosaur skeleton from Late Jurassic about 150 million years ago, Germany

Puebloan Effigy Jar

Ancestral Puebloan, American Southwest

Puebloan Jar

Polychrome, Ancestral Puebloan, American Southwest


Pyrite from Peru, on display in Coors Mineral Hall

Rare Book with Bullseye Condenser

"The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States" by Thomas Meehan 1978-1979

Realgar Crystal Cluster

Realgar; cluster of large crystals from Getchell mine in Humboldt County Nevada

Rhodochrosite, banded

Polished surface detail of massive banded crust, photographed by Phil McCollum

Rhodochrosite, crystals

A splendid large group of scalenohedral crystals from N'Chwaning mine, Kalahari, South Africa

Shell Belt

Marshall Islands, South Pacific

Shell Bracelet

Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

Shell Dorsal view

Gastorpod, Papustyla pulcherrima from Papua New Guinea

Shell Front view

Gastorpod, Papustyla pulcherrima from Papua New Guinea

Shell, Arcinella

Arcinella sp. Shell from Florida found in the Tamiami Formation

Shell, Conus Textile

Conus textile from the Phillipine Islands

Shell, Conus, on sand

Conus textile shell

Shell, Florida Tree Snail, dark

Liguus fasciatus (Florida Tree Snail)

Shell, Phymosoma

Phymosoma texanum shell found in Texas

Shell, Pleuroceras

Pleuroceras solare

Shell, Seratus

Seratus alabaster shell

Shell, Spondylus

Spondylus princeps from Mexico


Antheraea yamami, Japanese Oak Silkmoth, Japan

Sioux Head Stall

Sicangu Oyate (Brulé Sioux), Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota

Sioux Shirt

Northern Plains shirt made of deerskin

Skull of Last Grizzly in Colorado

Ursus arctos horribilis, female, last confirmed Grizzly in Colorado

Smoky Hawk King

Amazonite with smoky quartz from Teller County, Colorado

Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz from Park County, Colorado

Snowmass Mastodon Tooth

Mastodon Tooth from the Snowmastodon excavation, Snowmass, Colorado

Stegosaurus Skull and Neck Plate

Stegosaurus stenops skull and neck plate found in Morrison Formation from Colorado


Stone, Vera Cruz, Mexico

Syntherata naessigi

Moth from the Trobriand Islands, NE of New Guinea (HOLOTYPE)


Samoan Islands, South Pacific

Tiger Beetle, Composite

Composite of 113 images of male Cicindela nigrocoerulea nigrocoerulea

Tiger Beetle, female

Cicindela formosa gibsoni - Female

Tiger Beetle, male

Cicindela longilabris perviridis - Male

Tiger Salamander

Fossil Ambystoma tigrinum vertebrae, Snowmastodon excavation, with pencil for scale

Tihu Katsina

Tihu Katsina figure from Arizona

Toltec Effigy Jar

Toltec, Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerica

Tom's Baby

Colorado's largest known gold nugget, from the Campion collection

Tridacna Squamosa Shell

Endangered species from the Marine Invertabrate collecion


On display in Prehistoric Journey, found in Coal Count, Colorado

Turtle Graveyard

Echmatemys from the Eocene of North America

Unfinished Basket

Havasupai, Arizona


Mayan, Mexico


Zoomorphic vessel, Shaft Tomb Culture

Wedding Jar

Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

Wolverine Skull

Skull of Gulo gulo

Yokut feather basket

Squaw Valley, California

Zuni Ceramic Jar

Zuni, New Mexico

Zuni Jar

Zuni, New Mexico

Zuni Rattle

Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico
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