You can't visit Boulder without at least a quick look at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This distinguished university pumps youthful energy into the city, and is an integral part of life here. The leafy campus is distinguished by its many buildings of red sandstone quarried nearby and topped with tile roofs. Pay a visit to the University of Colorado Natural History Museum with five halls devoted to permanent and temporary exhibits. It is best known for its paleontology and archeology collections. Also visit the CU Heritage Center on the top floor of Old Main with galleries honoring CU’s distinguished alumni, and early photographs and tributes to CU's 17 astronauts, including Boulder native Malcolm Scott Carpenter, one of the original Mercury Seven and the fourth American in space. Macky Auditorium, a grand Gothic-style auditorium, hosts the Boulder Philharmonic and is home to CU’s College of Music and Artist Series. Grusin Music Hall and the University Theatre are smaller houses. The Fiske Planetarium and Science Center’s 65-foot diameter projection screen dome is the largest between Chicago and Los Angeles. CU Buffs teams compete at Folsom Field, Coors Events Center and other sports venues. Colorado Shakespeare Festival summer performances are split between the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the University Theatre. And for one week in early April, the Conference on World Affairs fills the campus with lectures, panels and workshops, free and open to all.
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