DENVER — It was a small room filled with stuffed animals, old photographs and a portrait of President Barack Obama.
But that was the only room at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where visitors could buy a selfie.
In the museum’s latest year, the museum has grown to more than 1 million square feet.
The Denver Museum’s selfie gallery has become a magnet for locals, locals that don’t know how to take a picture, and locals that want to take selfies in public.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with the city and people here in the area,” said Kristi Cope, who took her 5-year-old daughter to the museum.
Cope and her family are members of the Denver Native American Council.
Copes daughter has a rare condition called Ligurian syndrome.
She had a stroke a year ago and needed a special pacemaker to keep her alive.
She now has a few months to live.
“She would have died if we hadn’t had the pacemaker,” said Cope.
The pacemaker was designed by artist and artist Phillip Ligura.
The museum’s selfies are made up of hundreds of thousands of images, which are displayed in a series of panels.
Caine says it has been one of the highlights of her family’s year.
“We have the ability to get in and out of the museum with the camera,” she said.
The selfie gallery at the museum, called the “Snapshots” gallery, has been the best time of the year for locals who are not accustomed to taking pictures.
People take selfies all over town.
“It’s such a big part of life, especially when we’re at work, and we’re not in a rush,” said local photographer Kevin Tomsch.
Tomsk said it’s a way for people to connect and have fun.
“You can’t get a good picture without a selfie,” he said.
“I’ve seen people snap and get embarrassed.”
People from all over the Denver metro area have taken selfies at the “snapshots” section of the park.
One of the most popular snaps was taken by one woman, who called her son, “a big shot.”
“I thought he was like me,” she told CBS4.
Tommaso Pacheco has been taking selfies for a few years.
He says he feels a bit embarrassed.
“To me, it’s so cool,” he explained.
He said he likes taking selfies to show his love for his son.
“He’s my hero,” he told CBS 4.
Pacheca says taking selfies is one of his favorite parts of the trip.
“When I get home, I put them on the fridge and then I get to go back and take pictures,” he added.