Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a municipal natural history and science museum in Denver, Colorado. It is a resource for informal science education in the Rocky Mountain region. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help museum visitors learn about the natural history of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The 500,000-square-foot (46,452 m2) building houses more than one million objects in its collections including natural history and anthropological materials, as well as archival and library resources.


The Museum is an independent, nonprofit institution with approximately 350 full-time and part-time staff, more than 1,600 volunteers, and a 25-member Board of Trustees. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM).


Permanent exhibits:

- Discovery Zone is a hands-on educational center geared toward children.

- Egyptian Mummies uses two mummies and their tomb artifacts to teach how the ancient civilization of Egypt regarded its living and preserved its dead.

- Expedition Health teaches visitors about the constantly changing and adapting human body.

- Gems & Minerals is a re-created mine where visitors can examine many colorful crystals and minerals found both locally and globally.

- North American Indian Cultures explores the diversity among Native American groups and the practicality and artistry of their everyday objects.

- Prehistoric Journey traces the evolution of life on Earth from single-celled organisms to dinosaurs to the inhabitants of today’s world.

- Space Odyssey is about the Universe and our place in it.

- Wildlife Exhibits are animal dioramas that show how all kinds of animals live.

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