Experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the Universe, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), just a quick drive from your favorite downtown Denver Stay Alfred travel apartment. The Mile High City’s colossal 716,000-square-foot (66,519 m2) museum houses more than one million objects in its natural and anthropological exhibits, and offers fantastic IMAX films, lectures, classes, and programs in areas such as anthropology, geology, health science, paleontology, space science, zoology, and more. From the museum’s Gates Planetarium to the Discovery Zone for kids to 21+ events and activities with open bars, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has something for everybody. Here’s our rundown of museum highlights and events to help plan your visit!
Permanent museum exhibitions
From black holes to dinosaur fossils, sparkling gems to extreme sports, let your imagination run wild with DMNS’s unforgettable exhibitions.
The museum’s Prehistoric Journey exhibit traces the evolution of life on Earth. Displays include skeletons of Edmontosaurus, Diplodocus, Allosaurus, and Stegosaurus, a sea lily reef diorama from 435 million years ago, a cast/replica skull of the ancient placoderm fish, Dunkleosteus, and a collection of trilobites.
The Wildlife Halls
Featuring animal dioramas showing scenes of daily life of many different animals, The Wildlife Halls are one of the largest collections of this type in North America.
DMNS’s Space Odyssey exhibit explores the universe and our place in it. One major highlight is a full-scale replica of a Mars Exploration Rover!
Gems & Minerals
The museum’s Gems & Minerals exhibit features a re-created mine where visitors examine many colorful crystals and minerals found both locally and globally.
North American Indian Cultures
Great for all ages, the North American Indian Cultures explores the diversity among Native American groups and the practicality and artistry of their everyday objects.
Designed for children ages 3-5, the Discovery Zone is bursting with activities that help build a strong foundation of science skills in young children as they look, ask, discover, make, and share. Here, kids "excavate" fossils, manipulate and observe water in action, experiment with building methods and materials, and conduct investigations and create art projects!
Great for all ages, the Egyptian Mummies exhibit, created by a team of Egyptologists and other specialists from around the country, shows how today’s leading technologies shed more light on the lives and deaths of two female mummies on display in the gallery.
This new display, El Alebrije: Una historia en común, features beautiful, brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures depicting wild and mythical creatures, handcrafted by artisans in Mexico.
Not simply another exhibit about the human body, Expedition Health is about YOUR human body, and how it is constantly changing and adapting in ways you can see, measure, and optimize through the choices you make. Experience highly-interactive, highly-personalized activities, immerse yourself in a theater experience that engages all of your senses, look at microscopic cells from your own body, and more!
Current and upcoming feature exhibits for 2019
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius
March 1–August 25, 2019
Inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor, and philosopher, Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, though his enduring influence comes to life in the new exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. You will see why the ultimate Renaissance man remains an inspiration for the ages!
The Science Behind Pixar
Opens October 11, 2019
Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.
Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits
Opens September 13, 2019
Take an action-packed ride through the world of extreme sports at the Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits exhibit. You and your friends and family will be put to the test as you jump, fly, dive, climb, and (virtually) explore some of the riskiest activities in the world.
Lineup of other great 2019 activities and events
The museum hosts a wide variety of films, activities, lectures and educational programs almost every night of the week. Here’s a short list of great activities and events coming up in 2019.
Sci-Fi Film Series: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Various museum scientists are joined by Vincent Piturro, professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to host screenings of famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities.
Art into Science, Science into Art
Leonardo da Vinci’s eclectic interests inspired him to explore technological and scientific potentials that his contemporaries could not imagine. Art into Science, Science into Art examines Leonardo’s detailed study of human anatomy and connects that to how he represented the human form in his paintings.
60 Minutes in Space
Go "behind the stories" in space science using the best images and animation available to help understand new developments.
Great Space Escape, Adults 21+
Strap on your space boots for a crash course in constellations and galactic hijinks with a pair of cosmically comical astronomers. It’s part stand-up, part science, part history, and all parts fun. Cash bar opens 30 minutes before show time, so come early and grab a drink. Ages 21+.
Science Riot, Adults 18+
Cheer on local scientists turned comedians as they attempt standup for the first time and wax hilarious about the unique nuances of their work. This one-of-a-kind comedy night for science fans will get you laughing with (and at!) some of the biggest brains in town. Ages 18+. Cash bar.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series.
That’s just a sampling of the museum’s upcoming exhibits for 2019. See the full list of great activities and events in 2019, complete with details and prices.
Make Stay Alfred Your Place near Denver Museum of Science and Nature
Now that you’ve seen how great the DMSN is, if you haven’t already, it’s time to book a cozy Stay Alfred Denver travel apartment, complete with full kitchens and living rooms that feel like your home away from home, and always in fantastic downtown locations. We hope you enjoy your trip to Denver to the fullest, and get your fill of Mile High City fun.