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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  • 490shanaj
    Fort Madison, Iowa16 contributions
    Fun experience
    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.
    We are grateful that you took the time to leave us this review, and to also to share your feedback!
    Written May 28, 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written May 19, 2021
  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, Connecticut1,984 contributions
    Fantastic, interactive museum
    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.
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2019
    Written June 11, 2020
  • Anna H
    Grand Cayman69 contributions
    Great Museum for Kids!
    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!!!
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2021
    Written August 1, 2021
  • PaulaB212
    Minot, North Dakota31 contributions
    Really enjoyed it!
    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.)
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2021
    Written July 17, 2021
  • efromflint73
    Harper Woods, Michigan242 contributions
    A place to visit more than once!
    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.
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2021
  • foote410
    Muskogee, Oklahoma234 contributions
    Family fun visit to the museum!
    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.
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2021
  • Bee80204
    Denver, Colorado3,902 contributions
    Came for the special exhibit
    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.
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2020
  • Howard L
    Kansas City, Kansas74 contributions
    Nice museum
    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.
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written February 19, 2020
  • Jane A
    1 contribution
    Great place to have a membership and visit frequently
    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.
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2022
    Written February 20, 2022
  • Jerry H
    Golden, Colorado22 contributions
    So Big
    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.
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2019
    Written January 30, 2020
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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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

efromflint73
Harper Woods, MI242 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Megan P
Madison, WI4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Went with my partner for the afternoon. It was interesting and we learned a lot. The permanent exhibits were wonderful and engaging. We bought extra tickets for one of the temporary exhibits and it was well worth the extra. We didn't have our kids this time and really wish we had for our dinosaur fanatic.
Written August 7, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review and for writing about your recent Museum visit! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see your family again soon!
Written August 11, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

hilo88
Honolulu, HI370 contributions
Jul 2022
a. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is located in City Park and has its own free parking structure. We had to catch an elevator up to the museum and my son was pleasantly surprised by 2 large dinosaur statues and a mastodon statue. He thought they were the coolest things so that was a great start to the museum trip.

b. The museum itself is large, but not intimidatingly so. We did not end up doing the whole museum, but we focused on the things that would interest my son the most. We did the animal exhibits, the fossil exhibit, the bug one on the main floor, and the Egypt/mummy. All of them were very well done.

c. There are A LOT of animal dioramas and my son was SO into them. He liked looking at the signs and trying to find all the animals that were listed in the displayed. It was really fun to see his excitement. That I recall (this was in early July), there were dioramas from Africa, North America (and Colorado specifically), Oceania, Australia, and from the oceans. It was cool to see how realistic the environments were made to look. For example, the lighting they used for the manatee one made it look like you were really under water. Very cool.

d. It was really small, but there was a really neat display about what the inside of an escalator looks like and how it works. Never thought about it before, but it was neat to see and learn about. I appreciated those little learning opportunities.

e. The dining area was actually pretty good. I was surprised by the options. As expected, it is museum pricing, but the selections were good.

f. While perfectly fine, the gift shop was museum pricing and didn’t seem to have a whole lot of anything you couldn’t get elsewhere and for cheaper.

g. We had a great time at this museum. It was my son’s favorite thing we did in Denver on our 6 day trip and as an adult, I highly recommend it to if you are into natural history. If we are ever in Denver again we will 100% return.
Written August 31, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to post such a spectacular review! We love to hear that you and your son were able to immerse yourselves here, and we look forward to seeing you next time you're in town!
Written September 1, 2022
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Bailey H
Saskatchewan, Canada29 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
It had just snowed in Denver & was quite chilly. We decided to check it out and we’re quite surprised with how much fun we had. This museum has great views of the Denver Skyline & when we were there, they had a Pixar exhibit which showed you how Pixar creates their movies.

Would be perfect for families or a one time visit!
Written January 5, 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful review. We are happy you and your family enjoyed visiting our museum.
Written January 12, 2020
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