Want a refreshing alternative to Denver's summer heat? Retreat indoors to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to experience the newest, oldest, and wildest places in nature. The museum offers permanent and changing exhibitions, an IMAX theater, and even a planetarium.
With 10 permanent exhibits and continually changing temporary shows, the museum’s breadth of discovery provides something for every visitor. There is the Egyptian Mummies exhibit, home to two female mummies on display, with Egyptologists showing guests a glimpse into how they might have lived and died. The Coors Gems and Minerals Hall takes visitors into a Mexican silver mine and Colorado’s Sweet Home Mine to discover crystals and stalactites, and the North American Indian Cultures exhibit explores the shelter, food, and clothing of cultures that have occupied the region. The museum is also known for its 90 intricately detailed dioramas of animals and their ecosystems from around the world, and its Discovery Zone, a popular learn and play area for kids aged three to eight. In addition to the exhibits, each day museum staff perform a variety of shows and experiments where they interact with guests through demonstrations, games, storytelling, and more.
Take a seat in the IMAX theatre to enjoy fascinating documentaries about some of the wildest places in nature on a giant film screen. You can purchase IMAX admission as an add-on to museum admission or by itself. Adults can cool off with a beer or wine to complement the movie; soft drinks, water, candy, and popcorn are also available at the concession stand. When you’re visiting the museum, don't overlook the planetarium, for a small additional fee. Its half-hour shows change, but past events have covered everything from black holes to a comprehensive look at our solar system.
The museum is open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day except December 25. Consider buying your tickets online to avoid lines and score a $1 discount. There are also special community days each month when guests enter for free (rates for IMAX and special exhibitions add-ons still apply)!
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