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Address: Henderson Bldg., Broadway at 15th St,, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309
Phone Number: 303 492 6892
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

More than four million artifacts and specimens from the Rocky Mountain...

More than four million artifacts and specimens from the Rocky Mountain and Plains regions make this one of the leading university natural science museums in the United States.

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Small but Impressive Collection

The museum is small but boasts an impressive collection, including dinosaur fossils and Japanese swords. We were in a bit of a rush, but we were able to walk the whole of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Kristen D
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by for about an hour. The museum is mostly fossils, but there is also some American Indian pottery, as well as other anthropology exhibits. There are only 5 galleries, so it is not too big. I visited while there was a school group, so it was not a quiet visit. Public parking is a few buildings away from the... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The museum is small but boasts an impressive collection, including dinosaur fossils and Japanese swords. We were in a bit of a rush, but we were able to walk the whole of the museum in less than an hour. Even if we didn't get to really examine the exhibits like we wanted to we got to see all of them.... More 

Thank Kristen D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The staff at the counter was friendly and the price can't be beat; it is free (though there is a box for contributions). Free coffee (served in ceramic mugs) is even available downstairs. If you are from an area with major paleontology museums or if you are comparing this to a major Natural History museum you might be disappointed, but... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Overall great museum. Lovely place to study in the biolounge with free coffee and tea. Great spot for students to hang out, do work, and check out the exhibits. Frequent events which are a lot of fun. Great find!

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Louisville, Co
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

What a fun little find, This is great museum. Free admission and run by the University. Definitely plan to stop in here if you are ever on or near campus!

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I'm a student at CU and this is my study spot. The museum is great and always introducing new exhibits and the staff is always very welcoming. Downstairs is the "Biolounge" where you'll find ample seating, awesome exhibits and free coffee or tea. Don't miss out!

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

There are 2 floors in this museum with about 4-5 exhibits in the museum, most of which tie together so I'm not sure they can be called separate exhibits. The nice part about the exhibits is that all the information pertains to the area: dinosaur bones found in Colorado, Native Americans and their history pertaining to Colorado, etc. Don't go... More 

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Edwardsburg, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

CU has amazing collections of rocks and fossils which are on display in the geology department. I was therefore expecting the natural history museum to be excellent. Unfortunately, it's pretty much pitiful and well below the standards of many other western universities. Totally not worth the time and should be considered an embarrassment to the university and the state. I'm... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have visited this small but wonderful little museum many times. It is not easily found so check out a campus map before going. In fact, many students walking on the campus don't know where it is. The exhibits are very well done and as others have said it is free and great for children with some hands on exhibits.... More 

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Eaton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I LOVE this museum. I found it on Google Maps when I was looking for directions to a store on Pearl Street. Located on the GORGEOUS CU campus. Great place to take the kids. You have to pay for public parking, but the museum itself is FREE! (they graciously accept donations though- help them out, they did a great job... More 

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