Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Key Info

2001 Colorado Blvd.

Price & Hours

$16.95 for adults; $11.95 for kids 3-18
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

With exhibits featuring everything from dinosaur bones to Egyptian mummies, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science inspires learning in the young and young at heart. This impressive facility houses artifacts pertaining to a variety of scientific areas, including anthropology, zoology, geology, health sciences, paleontology and space science. Some of the more popular displays include the wildlife exhibit, which includes more than 90 habitat scenes containing information on animals from around the world, from Alaska to Australia. Meanwhile, the hands-on Space Odyssey area introduces travelers to the outer reaches of the galaxy and beyond.

Recent travelers raved about the museum, saying that visitors will likely want to devote several hours to half a day to explore the engaging exhibits. They also praise the museum's cafe and gift shop.

Located in City Park, just south of the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is easily accessible via the Nos. 20, 32 and 40 buses. The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission costs $16.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors and $11.95 for kids ages 3 to 18. The museum also offers daily shows and screenings in its planetarium and IMAX theater; you will have to pay extra to attend. To learn more about what to see and do at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, visit the museum's website.

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