Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver

4.6
#1 of 173 in Nightlife in Colorado
Home to exhibits related to geology, paleontology, space, and much more, Denver Museum of Nature & Science will give you a detailed tour through human history. Observe skeletons of different animals--among which you can find dinosaurs--learn from informative displays, watch movies, or attend a lecture. If you like stars, spend some time in the planetarium, or visit the Space Odyssey exhibit where you can explore the hidden nooks of the Universe. The museum's food and dining section provides a space to grab a bite and take a break between exhibits. See Denver Museum of Nature & Science and all Denver has to offer by arranging your trip with our Denver itinerary planner .
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  • Growing up in Colorado, I remember the museum fondly. My partner and I went on the 4th of July and saw zero camp trips or large groups of kids. The animal dioramas haven't changed, but the contextual ...  more »
  • Extensive museum, many wonderful exhibitions. The wildlife dioramas were very well done, although somewhat dated. Pretty incredible how they essentially built an entire new museum completely around th...  more »
  • We live in Colorado and always take the grandkids whenever they want to go. It's amazing to see them get excited about the dinosaur bones, gems and minerals, mummies and all of the special exhibits. T...  more »
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  • This is an excellent place to take children. My family has an annual membership, so we can visit as often as we like. The exhibits are really interesting and varied. They can entertain and educate a wide range of age groups, from young children to adults. My daughter especially enjoys the Discovery Zone; which is mostly hands-on activities. I would advise saving it for last though, most kids leave soaked from the water area.
  • This museum is large, with many diverse and captivating exhibits. The museum is very popular, to the point where parking in the lot or garage is more trouble than its worth. We have friends with a membership and they highly recommend it. The new temporary exhibits, Dead Sea Scrolls and Creatures Of Light, are both a good way to spend maybe an hour or so at each. The Dead Sea Scrolls were a fascinating look into the ancient past. Could be an information overload if you have a short attention span. The creatures of light was shorter but very nicely presented, and the live scorpion was a nice touch. the diorama rooms are fun, but it is a REALLY easy way to get lost if you aren't familiar with the museum. The Egyptian exhibit is quick and informative , and will leave you wanting to know more Egyptian mythology. Gems and minerals.... one of the better things this museum has to offer, although it is FAR longer than it looks, so don't bother if you have the slightest possibility of being pressed for time- go earlier in the day. expedition health is geared toward younger participants, as is Space Odyssey. While I have visited expedition health when I was about 8 or 9 and loved it, they should have something similar for older kids, teens, and adults. The IMAX may be the best part of the museum. When you go, make it a priority to check this out . Films are about 45-60 minutes and are interesting, informative and fun, with exciting topics. I have never been in the planetarium. the only drawbacks would be: 1. the food is not the best and is overpriced- bring a lunch if going all day. 2. parking- you are seriously better off parking on the street than trying to get in the lot. 3. it is crowded on weekends. 4. this is a popular family attraction, which means people bring babies and toddlers. this usually doesn't bother anybody, but that means a definite increase in volume. Overall- come with the kids, see the temporary exhibits, go with members or become one yourself, some exhibits look smaller than they are or are easy to get lost in, but overall, just COME. you won't regret it!!
  • My sister and I visited the museum today and enjoyed our time there for the most part. The mineral display was my personal favorite and the collection was really impressive. The wildlife displays were also really cool and there were a lot of different displays to see. The dinosaur section was large and the skeletons were cool, but we didn’t really have a chance to stop and enjoy everything it had to offer because there were so many kids running around. Sadly, there was never an opportunity to get close enough to a display to read the facts or see the fossils because it was so crowded. The space and health sections seemed super geared towards children and left us pretty disappointed because the other displays were much better in comparison. Once again, both sections were overrun with kids and we didn’t get the chance to enjoy the displays. Also, what little we did have the opportunity to see/ interact with in the health section didn’t work. Overall, the museum is worth seeing for sure, but I would recommend going during a week day in the later afternoon to avoid large crowds so that you can enjoy the displays and find parking.
  • Great museum to have in the area!! Not only is it an awesome museum, you get some really pretty views outside as well! We got there a little late (4:15 PM) and they close at 5 PM. I went and asked them if they would discount ticket prices for me and the staff told me that they could do kid prices for us or we could wait 15 minutes and it's free after 4:30 PM. So naturally, we waited. We went to browse through the gift shop which was super cute with lots of fun stuff. They also have a little coffee stand as well! We were super stoked about getting to go in for free but I will warn you now, have a game plan for what you want to see the most. 30 minutes is definitely not enough time to see everything. We went into the gem exhibit first which was really cool. Then we sped walked to the wildlife exhibit and ran through the mummies really fast. Then we went to see the dinosaurs and we lingered in there for a lot longer than planned but it was so cool! We also managed to go into the expedition health exhibit right when it was closing so we got the whole exhibit to ourselves but were seriously running around through there which sucked since most of the exhibit is interactive. If you live in the area and money is tight, I would say go to one exhibit everyday for the last 30 minutes. Other than that, I would just pay to go!
  • Be prepared to spend quite a few hours here! There is a lot to look at, which is awesome! The place is HUGE! The gem section was my personal favorite! We watched a movie in the Planetarium and ate at the cafe. We went around 1 pm which was a great time to go because a lot of the little kids on field trips were already leaving. Would definitely recommend a visit to the museum and then a walk around city park after. An absolutely beautiful place!

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