Is there anyone who attended school in metro Denver who has not been to the remarkable Denver Museum of Nature & Science in City Park? On weekday mornings during the school year, a fleet of yellow buses is parked outside while youngsters explore the dinosaur skeletons, the brilliant minerals, artifacts from space exploration or a myriad of other collections.
FREE days (and some nights from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) are scattered throughout the year. Do note that while admission is free on these days, it does not include the Planetarium or IMAX.
Here’s a terrific video that shows you all the permanent exhibits and fun activities you can enjoy at the Museum.
The museum began as the modest private collection of a 19th century naturalist Edwin Carter in a Breckenridge cabin. He wanted to engage in and promote the scientific study of the birds and mammals of the Rocky Mountains.
What began so modestly has grown into a prestigious institution known for its famous wildlife dioramas, its work in archeology, anthropology and paleontology — as well as human physiology, health, mechanics, astronomy and more. Today a mere 2% of the 1.5 million artifacts and specimens are on display.
There are also viewing labs where visitors can watch fossils being cleaned. High tech science education studios are in the Morgridge Family Exploration Center is home to high-tech education studios, a second temporary exhibition gallery and the wildly popular Discovery Zone for young children.
And then, not to be overlooked are the Gates Planetarium where the heavens come down to Earth and the IMAX Theater with a calendar full of fabulous films bring the natural and exploration worlds to Denver.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303-370-6000
Open every day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Christmas Day)
General Admission Prices
(Note: You save $1 on admission when you buy tickets online.)
Seniors (65+): $16.95
Junior (3-18): $14.95
Military (current & retired): Free
Additional charges for IMAX, Planetarium & Special Exhibitions.