Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.
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  • interviewtraveler
    Washington675 contributions
    fun museum
    The museum has some engaging science and history exhibits. We were there about 2 hours and only scratched the surface. My preschooler most enjoyed the animal displays and the health section. This museum has reciprocity with other science museums in the ASTC network.
    Thank you for the 5 star review and for mentioning the ASTC reciprocal program! We hope to welcome you and your family back to the Museum soon.
    Written April 19, 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Written April 17, 2023
  • BDAD68
    Hinsdale, Illinois432 contributions
    Top notch museum
    Coming from Chicagoland we can be a bit snobbish when it comes to museums and such. But gotta say while it may not be as big as the Field Museum of Chicago or the Museum of Science and Industry also in Chicago it really is a high quality museum. I particularly liked the gems and mining area and Native American stuff. Very nice displays.
    We are so grateful that you took the time to leave us this review! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed visiting and we hope to see you here again soon!
    Written May 25, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 13, 2023
  • desertswim
    Berlin, Connecticut130 contributions
    Well woth a Visit
    The Museum has excellent taxidermy dioramas, with more attention to the background than many other such displays. There is a pliosaurus skeleton hanging in the lobby. They have several programs in the Planetarium. I attended one narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. They also have quite an extensive rock collection. If you head to the roof, you have wonderful views of downtown Denver and the Rockies beyond. It would have been nice to be there at a time when a million school group hadn't descended on the Museum. You couldn't get near the cafe and certain areas were extremely crowded.
    Thank you for sharing your feedback about your recent visit. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed our wildlife dioramas and Gems and Minerals exhibit! For folks looking to avoid crowds and school groups, we recommend visiting on Friday evenings, when the Museum is typically open until 9 PM. This is a great time to enjoy our exhibits in a quieter and calmer atmosphere. We hope to see you at the Museum again soon!
    Written August 16, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • kates5283
    Cincinnati, Ohio176 contributions
    Great museum!!!
    We stopped here mainly for the dinosaurs, but were blown away with all of the other exhibits. It was easy to get to and the parking garage was great! It kept the car cool in the hot summer sun! The museum is welcoming and divided up well for exploring. We loved the animal halls and the dinosaurs, but we really loved the rock/gem area! The kids loved that it looked like an old mine. Be prepared on busy days to have this area take more time, though, because people were not moving at all in the gem room. We didn't see any of the movies so I cannot comment on that. Our kid's most favorite part was the "time traveler." They loved hearing the story of the constellation Capricorn and they remembered all of it and wanted to look up the others when we got home. Overall, it was a good place to visit on our trip to Denver. Kids are ages 16 and 9 and both enjoyed.
    Thank you for taking the time to write about your Museum experience. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed visiting and we hope to see you again soon!
    Written August 16, 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Monica R
    2 contributions
    Amazing Museum
    This museum had a lot of different topics for everyone. My favorite section was the gem section which I didn’t expect to love so much! It features an actual cave that was extracted and displays REAL gems in the wall! The entire museum is so immersive and really puts you in the mindset in each section! It was by far one of my favorite museums that I’ve been too!!
    Thank you for the appreciation! We hope to see you here again soon.
    Written September 13, 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • NearlyRetired68
    Saint Louis, Missouri158 contributions
    Excellent Museum
    I was a tourist visiting Denver, and I picked this as one of the places to visit while there. I’m very glad I did. This is an outstanding museum. I particularly enjoyed all of the dioramas. I learned a lot, and my only regret is that I ran out of time before seeing all of the exhibits. I highly recommend it.
    Thank you for such a great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed visiting, and hope you'll have the chance to come back and finish seeing all our exhibits soon.
    Written September 20, 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • AtlantaRae
    15 contributions
    Family Friendly
    This is a very nice museum, but really suited more for families. My husband and I enjoyed seeing the dinosaur bones, but could have skipped the rest. If you have kids, there are tons of interactive activities to keep them entertained. There are lots and lots of dioramas of stuffed wild animals and birds, and after the first 10 I was bored with them.
    We are grateful that you took the time to leave us this review. We hope to see you again in the future!
    Written October 28, 2023
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    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 25, 2023
  • awildakaneta
    Colorado Springs, Colorado5 contributions
    History
    The museum requires a lot of walking, so be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable. We walked for three hours total, but we did some parts of it really quickly. There was a great deal to take in visually. I do believe that they have an excessive number of animal displays; they could definitely put some of that space to better use by displaying a wider variety of displays. The Space Odyssey exhibit was entertaining; nevertheless, I was disappointed that additional fees were required to experience the virtual reality component of the exhibit. This was the first time any of us had dealt with times tickets. In point of fact, everything ran really smoothly. The ticket lady simply scanned the we codes directly off my mobile phone, and immediately after that, we were allowed entry. It seems like there were a lot of people waiting to get in when we were leaving, so I would advise getting there as early in the morning as possible.
    Thank you for the wonderful review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit and we hope you'll be back soon!
    Written October 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 26, 2023
  • LuvtoSafari
    Los Angeles, California785 contributions
    Must Visit: Dinosaurs, Ice Age Animals, Gemstone, Mummies - Has it all!
    I think this is a must visit for visitors to Denver if you like nature and science. The museum tells the unique history of Denver through its native animals, flora and mining. And lots of Dinosaurs. I think it’s better than the NY Natural History Museum. This is a natural history museum, science museum and planetarium all in one place. What’s unique here is the mixing or nature and science in a lot of the exhibits. Location: Near a park close to Downtown. Plenty of free parking. Museum: Allow at least 2 hours to see everything. More time if you want to take in one of the 2 nature movies and/or 3 planetarium shows. Special Exhibition: Ice Ages is very well done and we learned that technically, we are currently living in an Ice Age (defined as when there is permanent ice on both poles). Climate change from human behavior is discussed in this context. Highlights: Dinosaurs and other fossils were extensive. Some of the largest dinosaurs and lots of mammals as well. Gemstones exhibit did an excellent job highlighting Colorado’s mining history, rooms look like inside of a mine. Lots of cool minerals. Lots of interactive consoles. Even the old fashioned dioramas somehow look good, and not dusty and dated like other natural history museums we’ve been too. There is also a small Egyptian exhibit with two mummies. We really enjoyed our visit as adults. Kids would go wild. Loved it and highly recommend.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback; we love to share responses like yours with our team! We're delighted to hear about your Museum experience and look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Written November 15, 2023
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    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
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490shanaj
Fort Madison, IA16 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This museum is a lot of walking, so make sure you wear comfy shoes. We walked for 3 hours and kind of rushed parts of it. There was a lot to look at. I do think they have too many animal exhibits, they could probably use some of that space for a bigger variety of exhibits. The Space Odyssey exhibit was fun, I just wish it hadn't cost extra to do the virtual reality part. This was our first experience with times tickets. It actually worked really smooth. The ticket lady just scanned the we codes right off my cell phone and we got in right away. I would recommend going early in the morning, because when we left there were a lot of people waiting to get in.
Written May 19, 2021
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We are grateful that you took the time to leave us this review, and to also to share your feedback!
Written May 28, 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,097 contributions
Nov 2019
This fantastic museum offers a wide range of exhibits and hands-on exhibits. I loved wandering through the anthropology collections (items from various African, Asian, Pacific, and American cultures), as well as various human anatomy specimens and an exhibit on modern human DNA (which is infrequent in natural history museums). They also have a beautiful planetarium with various shows that make astronomy both accessible and awe-inspiring. They also guide field trip visits for people of all ages (not just for young kids). All of the staff members were knowledgeable about the museum's exhibits and were friendly. The museum's pretty big, so you could spend a day here and still miss things that would require another visit.
Written June 11, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review and write about your Museum experience! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit!
Written June 17, 2020
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Anna H
Grand Cayman69 contributions
Jul 2021
Took my 6 year old daughter here in July of 2021. It was a great way to start off our family trip to Denver. In general, this museum is well layed out and signage was excellent. My daughters favorite bit was the gemstone exhibit. Many of the exhibits were interactive which was fun. We attended the 3D Movie - "The Great Barrier Reef". This feature was a little extra on top of admission, maybe $7 per person, but was well worth it. Kept my 6 year old's attention for the entire time. She learned a lot by watching it. At the time of our visit, they had a temporary exhibit called "Numbers in Nature", also at an extra cost, but once again well worth it. We had so much fun in the Mirror Maze! Gift shop was massive and she bought some gemstones to add to her growing collection. All in all, a great museum!!!
Written August 1, 2021
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Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent Museum visit. We are so glad to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed the Numbers in Nature and Gems & Minerals exhibits and Great Barrier Reef IMAX show. We hope to see your family here again soon!
Written August 4, 2021
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PaulaB212
Minot, ND31 contributions
Jul 2021
We went to the museum with our 6 year old granddaughter - we are really glad we did this instead of the children's museum - I suspect she would have been a smidge too old for that. She was THRILLED to see the mummy and sarcophagus, as well as the dinosaur bones. There are three floors of exhibits, with numerous ways for kids (and adults!) to interact with the exhibits. The imax on the Great Coral Reef was a huge hit too. The timed admissions also seemed to help with crowd size, and I found the prices on the add ons to be very reasonable (i.e. imax, Numbers in Nature, etc.)
Written July 17, 2021
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Thank you very much for the wonderful review. We are so excited to hear that you enjoyed the Egyptian Mummies and Prehistoric Journey exhibits as well as the Great Barrier Reef IMAX. We appreciate you taking a moment to recommend us, and hope to see you again soon!
Written July 21, 2021
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efromflint73
Harper Woods, MI246 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We thought ahead and bought the Denver city pass and it allowed us to visit the Museum and the aquarium. So, if you’re ever in Denver, look at purchasing the city pass so that you can see and do more things around Denver and for discount. When it comes to the museum, it was cool! I particularly liked the Native American exhibit, the dinosaur exhibit, and the space exhibit. I think the Walton kids liked the fact that everything in the museum is hands on. We spent about 3-4 hours there and still felt like there was still more to do. We later discovered City Park was right behind the museum and that added another dimension left to be explored.
Written June 13, 2021
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We are grateful that you took the time to leave us this review and for writing about your Museum experience. We are so glad to hear that your family enjoyed exploring our exhibits and City Park!
Written June 17, 2021
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foote410
Muskogee, OK234 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The museum is a nice little change of pace for Denver and is extremely well put together. Very interactive for children of young ages but there were many older kids and adults having just as much fun. They have numerous different areas including birds, North America, health, gems and rocks, Egypt, and more. They also have a gift shop, coffee shop, and a small cafeteria. We really enjoyed our visit to the museum and would recommend for any family visiting the area.
Written July 6, 2021
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Thank for the fantastic review and for recommending us! We are glad to hear that your family enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum!
Written July 7, 2021
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Bee80204
Denver, CO3,902 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
It’s a nice place to visit and we have good memories here. But it doesn’t hold his interest as much anymore now that he’s older. The visiting exhibits bring us back. This time it was the Art of Brick exhibit. The Lego sculptures are amazing. His vision is incredible. The number of bricks used is mind boggling. The health exhibit is fun because it’s interactive. Keeps the kids entertained. I like looking at the gems room. Pretty jewels and minerals. The creatures of Colorado and the mummies from the past. We saw some groups of children visiting. And they had a dumb friends league event that day. We were hungry after the Art of the Brick exhibit and was looking for a place to eat at. That’s when we saw that the museum cafe was open for dine in. Social distancing is enforced and they assign you tables to ensure people keep apart. You can order hot meals or they have a ready to eat selection of fruit, salads, sandwiches and treats. They offer hand sanitizer as you enter the food prep area and napkins and utensils come in packages. You pay and take your food on trays to your tables. It was a fun time and the timed entries and Covid made the museum less crowded.
Written July 30, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write about your Museum experience. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed visiting and we hope to see you again soon!
Written August 2, 2020
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Howard L
Kansas City, KS74 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I didn't know that this was a "free" day, so saving the $$ was nice, but it came with a price of alot of people going that day. There was plenty of room and the exhibits were nice. I was probably more interested in exhibits that the kids weren't anyways, so good for me. I really enjoyed the rock and mineral display. They had samples of cricket cookies, which are worth "chirping" about. They were also handing out free waters that day. The museum are very friendly and I enjoyed my time there. Will definitely return and spend more time there.
Written February 19, 2020
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Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us this review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written February 28, 2020
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Jane A
1 contribution
Feb 2022
I'm a member and take my grandkids every week or so. A) There are ALWAYS, never fail, things that don't work. This last time, half the exhibits in the Health Exhibition malfunctioned. B) I guess it's great that school children get a chance to visit, but we always get there first thing to be done by 10am or so. On any given day, 500 or more kids will descend in hordes by then, pretty much ruining the experience for everyone else. C) DO NOT eat there! The offerings are expensive and really poor quality, the food service staff very unfriendly, and it's packed by lunch time. Either pack a snack or go to McD's for a final treat for the kids.
Written February 20, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your feedback about your recent visit to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. We appreciate hearing from our visitors, including when we have disappointed you, as this gives us great insight into how we can improve in the future. You comments about our exhibits and food offerings will be passed along to the appropriate Directors. We definitely recommend coming on a weekday afternoon if you wish to visit us during a quieter time- most school field trips leave us around 1 in the afternoon. We hope you'll consider coming back in the future and give us another chance to impress you.
Written February 28, 2022
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Jerry H
Golden, CO22 contributions
Sep 2019
Not a quick visit. Plan for a full day with lunch on site. The diaramas of animals from all counties is extensive and saves a fortune in travel costs. Always a featured exhibit like da Vinci in 2019 and the 3D movie selection extra. Many children oriented spaces. From hanging dino bones to minerals, space, health, insects and interactive sections, you will be amazed at how long it can take to still be halfway thru. Gift shop and restaurant to rest between floors.
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your museum visit! We hope to see you again soon!
Written February 6, 2020
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