On June 29, 2012, we decided to switch to the Plan B of our travel plans in Denver and other tourist areas in Colorado. Due to the forest fires in the Colorado Springs areas, we cancelled our trips to Pikes Peak (the Cog Train), the Garden of the Gods and other tourist areas in Manitou Springs. In their place, we visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS). My son and I were happily surprised!
There are 3 floors of exhibits that include those of the Insects and Butterflies, Gems and Minerals, Space Odyssey, Discovery Zone, Expedition Health (biggest surprise for us), North American Wildlife, Edge of the Wild, Bears and Sea Mammals, South Pacific Islands, Australia, North American Indian Culture, Egyptian Mummies, Prehistoric Journey,Birds of the Americas, Explore Colorado, Northern and Rare Birds, Botswana Africa, South America, and Best View in Denver. Other Attractions: Phipps IMAX Theater, Planetarium and Phipps Special Exhibit Gallery.
We enjoyed all the exhibits, but our favorites are those of the North American Wildlife, Edge of the Wild, and North American Indian Culture.
Big surprises: EXPEDITION HEALTH and BEST VIEW IN DENVER:
EXPEDITION HEALTH EXHIBIT
We almost missed this exhibit. Thanks to the staff at the entrance of this Exhibit for encouraging us to get in. We followed these steps:
1. Get a card from the staff manning the exhibit. Insert this access card at the machines near the entrance area and record requested information such as your name and age. This card will keep track of your personal information and test results as you move from one machine to the next one.
2. Proceed with the "tests". Remember to insert your card at each machine before the test and remove it after the test.
3. After finishing your tests, proceed to the machine where your picture will be taken. Spread your arms and SMILE.
4.Go to the next machine where your completed " Peak Pass Personal Profile" card (PPPP) will be printed.
The PPPP card shows your picture, EKG, Resting, Heart Rate and Target Rate, Arm Span, Height, and Stride Length. It also indicates a website where additional information can be obtained as well as your code/number to access this website. Keep your PPPP card as a memento of your visit.
5. Before leaving this Exhibit, put your access card at the designated receptacle. It was represented that your personal information will be deleted and your card will be recycled/used again.
My SURPRISE: I have been using 5'4 inches as my height when this information was asked of me in the past. Test results show that my height and arm span = 5'6 inches! Note that I was wearing flat walking shoes so I'm really 2 inches taller!
BEST VIEW IN DENVER
As we moved from one Exhibit to the next one, from the first floor to the next floor, we noticed the City Park and the Denver Skyline at the South side of the Museum. I took the opportunity to take pictures of these beautiful sights.
Because of time constraints, we were not able to visit the Imax Theater and the Planetarium. These will be our reasons to visit the DMNS again in the future plus other tourist areas of Colorado.
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