Museum of Nature and Science
From young to old, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science brings a smile to locals faces. This fun yet educational venture is a short distance away from the downtown Denver apartments, and the perfect place for an exciting day trip. Before heading to this historic locale in City Park, here’s what you need to know to make the most out of your visit.
About the Museum
The museum has been in the city since 1900 by Denverite and naturalist Edwin Carter, though it was originally known as the Natural History Museum. While a lot has changed since it’s founding, it remains the go-to place to see the state’s top exhibits.
Currently, the museum houses more than one million objects to form collections from around the globe. You can find Egyptian mummies, wildlife from Africa, dinosaurs and more within this massive structure. Space adventurers can enjoy the Gates Planetarium, while children can explore hands-on explorations in the Discovery Zone.
There’s a lot to take in at once, which makes planning your visit beforehand worthwhile if you want to enjoy every exhibit. First, it helps to know the basics.
Hours, Admission, and Location
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is open every day of the week. Their hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost of admission is $16.95. Children and seniors receive a discount on admission of $11.95 and $13.95, respectively.
The IMAX theater costs and additional $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for both children and seniors. There are times when specific exhibits cost extra. You can find that information by visiting the museum’s website at http://www.dmns.org/.
If you want to visit the planetarium, it costs an additional $5. There are memberships available, as well as a 10% student discount and free general admission for military members throughout the summer.
The museum is located in the heart of City Park, next to the zoo. If you’re using a GPS, the address is 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80205.
If you’re bringing the little ones along for the day, then the museum has you covered. Strollers can be rented at the information desk for just one dollar (make sure you have your ID). Restrooms are fully equipped with changing tables, the entire museum is wheelchair/stroller accessible, and there are lockers you can rent for 50 cents just inside the main entrance.
What to See First
Now that the basics are out of the way, here’s how you can enjoy the entire museum in one day. Tickets and strollers can be purchased at the desk directly past the main entrance. If you want to fuel up before seeing the museum, you can order a variety of fresh meals from the T-Rex café, complete with vegetarian options.
As you head forward, the first stop on your tour is the Insects and Butterfly exhibit. This unique room showcases a fascinating selection of insect life from around the world. The Gems and Minerals display is just south of this exhibit, which is a quick stop.
The first level also hold both the Space Odyssey and Gates Planetarium. The entry corridor to the Space Odyssey is filled with fantastic images taken within our solar system, leading to a variety of hands on exhibits guaranteed to inspire your inner astronaut. As you work your way through telescopes and celestial bodies, you’ll end up at the Gate’s Planetarium for a stellar show.
The second level contains exhibits centered around wildlife, as well as the Discovery Zone and the ever-popular Expedition Health. After coming up the stairs or elevator, you’ll walk through fantastic displays showcasing animals from around the world. There’s also a specific section for North American Indian Culture.
Afterwards, you’ll face the IMAX theater with the Discovery room to your right and Expedition Health to your left. Families, this is a great place to stop for a bathroom break.
The Discovery Zone is designed specially for a younger audience. It features numerous playsets and hands on activities that are as fun as they are educational, inspiring little ones to explore scientific principles and mathematic concepts.
Expedition Health is both an interactive exhibit about the human body. Visitors can immerse themselves in activities personalized around their own beings as they engage their senses, look at their own skin cells under a microscope, and take part in demonstrations geared towards educating the public about every aspect of human health.
After learning more about how your body functions, it’s time to head upstairs once more for a journey back in time. The third level starts by finishing off the museum’s animal exhibits, where you can explore South Africa and Bostwana followed by a rare birds collection. In-between rests the Explore Colorado exhibit, featuring plant and wildlife from around the state.
Next up is the museum’s collection of ancient Egyptian Mummies. This is where you can find some of the worlds most fascinating archaeological finds from a mummified crocodile to artifacts found in historic tombs. Digital displays allow you to “unwrap” scientific findings as you gain a better understanding about ancient life.
Down the hall from the tombs sits a collection of the oldest finds in archaeological history. This exhibit is filled with bones and prehistoric habitats where you can watch digital recreations of pre-historic creatures. The exhibit travels through time as you witness the evolution of fascinating creatures leading up to the dinosaurs. Prehistoric Journey also allows visitors to watch as scientists use modern technology to calculate the ages of bones and decipher the past.
On the other side of the third floor rests the Phipps and Anschutz galleries, which are revolving exhibits featuring ancient and exotic displays. Call ahead or visit the museum’s website to see what these areas will feature on your visit. Finally, you can catch a breathtaking view of the city and mountains from the Family Sky Terrace before heading back home.
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