The place gets good reviews, but I frankly don't see the hype.
The parking situation was abysmal. Their underground parking lot is puny and under-sized. The above-ground parking is shared with the park - and is also limited by construction and road closures. We got there mid-day and it was like a shopping mall at Christmas - mini-vans slowly stalking pedestrians in the hope they'd lead them to a parking space.
I ended up dropping the kids off at the entrance, then driving a block and a half east into a residential neighborhood to park. Street parking there was limited to two hours or less, but I never needed to move the car...
Once inside, the kids headed straight for the dinosaurs/fossils exhibits. While the fossils were excellent, the other exhibits were woeful. Plastic toys behind glass, silly comic art, broken interactive displays.
There are actual full-size daemonhelix fossils four hours from Denver at Agate Fossil Beds. What does this museum have? A tiny plastic MINIATURE behind glass.
The museum's Egyptian Mummy exhibit was garishly bright and laughably bad. The other animal exhibits are well-done taxidermy that the little kids enjoyed, but as a grown-up, I just couldn't get excited about stuffed and mounted bears and seals.
We were in and out of here in under two hours.
These types of museums are either fun for the entire family - or strictly for the little ones. This one is the latter. If your little ones need entertaining and you've run out of things to do in Denver, then you can do your parental duty and take your kids here. But not me - not recommended.
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