I realize I'm judging the museum without seeing it, but I haven't heard anything that gives me any hope this will be anything but another wasted opportunity.
I agree with Guest #1 about the open atrium. It may look nice, but what about exhibit space? Ryan Warner had an interview on Colorado Matters recently with Kathryn Hill about the museum and its exhibits. She blathered on about how everything was going to be about "people's stories". Well, people and their stories are *part* of history, of course, but it sounds like they have no intention of displaying or building exhibits around the artifacts they have in their collection.
People who want to learn about Colorado's history are told they can go to the research library and look things up for themselves. Meanwhile, why don't the rest of you line up to try our virtual reality ski jump? Really? How does standing in line to play an arcade game have anything to do with "history"?
The "time machine" roll-around-and-try-to-find-some-video-hotspots-on-our-big-giant-map doohicket sounds horrendous. So...I won't be able to go to any exhibit and maybe learn something about our state. No, I'll have to wrest a time machine away from some other museum patrons and go spelunking for histo-tainment? Come on. What a stupid idea.
Oh, and I guess that big giant floor map is a primary permanent exhibit. Good thing, because I sure can't find maps of Colorado anywhere. (History!) And, since it fills a big chunk of the atrium floor, that floorspace is unusable for anything else. Better hope it doesn't get busy, or you'll miss the show.
Big, empty spaces filled with occasional infotainment. Welcome to Colorful Colorado!