Precourt Family Discovery Hall

Shantell Martin © 2017. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Anton & Irene.

Visitor in The Incubation Effect

Image courtesy Instagram user @miss.virginia.wu of The Incubation Effect, 2019.

Gallery courtesy Instagram user @kereniscute_ of Jaime Molina, Past the Tangled Present (detail), 2017

Photograph by Instagrammer @erinhunt1975 of Hadley Hooper, Tableau (detail), 2016.

Paper hands attached to the walls

Gallery view of Aqua-Terra/Terra-Aqua, 2015.

A projection on the wall

Jason Rogenes, V3H1CL3, 2014.

Gallery view of V3H1CL3: Jason Rogenes, 2014.

Nick Cave, Second Skin, 2013, mixed media. Precourt Family Discovery Hall

© the artist and courtesy the artist, photo courtesy Denver Art Museum

Visitors in Precourt

Image of visitors in Brian Knep: Exempla, 2012.

The Precourt Family Discovery Hall features an artist-designed experience with an aim toward inspiring imagination, play, and wonder. Each artist installation takes advantage of the Hamilton Building’s unique architecture and is designed to encourage visitors of all ages to interact with the artwork and with one another.

Upcoming & Current Exhibitions

  • Shantell Martin

    Shantell Martin

    Words and Lines
    On View through January 31, 2021

    Shantell Martin: Words and Lines is an interactive multimedia installation featuring the work of London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin. More

Previous Exhibitions

Incubation effect installation

The Incubation Effect

November 4, 2018–September 9, 2019

Inspired by the natural world, Denver artist Nicole Anona Banowetz has created a larger-than-life, immersive "insect nursery" made from sewn inflatable sculptures and assembled forms. She says, “Forget that the work is art for a moment and have the sort of pure interaction you would have in nature.” More

View of a section of the installation Past the Tangled Present by Jaime Molina

Past the Tangled Present

October 15, 2017–September 9, 2018

This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. More

View of the site-specific installation, Tableau, by Hadley Hooper.


May 8, 2016–August 20, 2017

This installation of larger-than-life immersive illustrations by Hadley Hooper was inspired by theater stage sets. More

Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua

Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua

May 17, 2015–April 10, 2016

New York-based artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, in collaboration with local community groups, has transformed the Precourt Discovery Hall into a whimsical environment with paintings, video projections, and ambient sounds from nature. Visitors can create images to contribute to the piece. More

A projection on the wall

V3H1CL3: Jason Rogenes

May 25, 2014–April 12, 2015

This summer, Jason Rogenes will transform the Precourt Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can play with custom cast “asteroids” to create otherworldly soundscapes. Part of a rich summer program focusing on sculpture, the installation—made out of cardboard and reclaimed Styrofoam—will encourage visitors to reconsider familiar and typically discarded materials for their artmaking possibilities. More

Nick Cave: Second Skin

Nick Cave: Second Skin

June 9, 2013–April 27, 2014

In conjunction with Nick Cave: Sojourn, contemporary artist Nick Cave transformed Precourt Discovery Hall into a whimsical, interactive environment for family visitors. Come play and watch as Cave’s Soundsuits spring to life through movement and dance. Then decorate the figures in the installation with colorful felt shapes and animals to complete the artist’s imaginative creations.

Second Skin is included with general admission. More

Brian Knep: Exempla

Brian Knep: Exempla

June 2, 2012–May 19, 2013

Time-based media artist Brian Knep has created an immersive and interactive installation in the Precourt Family Discovery Hall. Knep uses scientific tools and software to create interactive installations that respond to human behavior and activity. His works raise questions about the nature of human interaction and our place in the world. More