Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Dinosaurs, Wild Animal displays, Amazing Gems and Mineral Hall and more!
Recommended by: Debara Torbenson
I wasn’t too thrilled about going to the History Museum in Denver. I thought I could think of better things to do on vacation. Boy was I surprised! This place was far from boring.
I never knew old stuff could be so cool. I saw two real Egyptian Mummies up close! I even got to stand next to a huge dinosaur skeletons, walk through dino jungles, caves with real gold and treasure, even cavemen scenes that looked like they were real! My favorite part was Space Odyssey because it made me feel like I was visiting Mars and exploring space!
If you are in Denver you HAVE to see this - it is even better than the Alpine Slide in Golden!
The Natural History Museum in Denver is a destination you could easily spread across a two or three day visit. The museum is chalked full of exhibits and learning zones, plus an IMAX theatre and Planetarium. In the Rocky Mountain Region, the Museum is known as a principal source for informal science education. The museum was founded in 1990 with a vision to create a strong community populated by critical thinkers capable of understanding and learning from history.
Nine permanent displays populate the Natural History Museum: Discovery Zone, Expedition Health, Egyptian Mummies, Konovalenko: Gem Carvings of Russian Folk Life, Gems & Minerals, Prehistoric Journey, Space Odyssey, North American Indian Cultures, and Wildlife Exhibits. You can easily spend a full day exploring and discovering the exhibits. Most of them contain interactive and hands-on activities.
Discovery Zone is a must-see exhibit if you have young children. It’s built around fun activities that let the kids get down and dirty. They can dig for dinosaur bones, experiment with air, put puzzles together, dance to music from around the globe, and conduct science experiments. There are even special activities for children as young as 6 months.
The Space Odyssey was a real treat. We followed a Museum Galaxy Guide through first. They were very knowledgeable and a treat to question and learn from. Then, we spent extra time in the exhibit on our own. The kids loved the hands-on exhibit, live performances, and demonstrations.
You can top off the day by catching a show in the IMAX theatre. A 3D show is usually scheduled. You can also squeeze in the Planetarium, but I would recommend saving the Planetarium and IMAX for a second trip or mixing them in sparingly throughout the way. This strategy will give you more time to experience the diversity at the Natural History Museum.
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205
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