Four Reasons to Love Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) has rooms and rooms full of adventure for the whole family. Even if your family members don’t dig science, they will have a great time here.  In fact, our family loved our first visit to the DMNS so much that we upgraded our tickets to an annual pass.


Spend an entire day there.

When we made plans for our first visit there, we thought that we would spend a few hours and see all there was to see.  After four hours of visiting the exhibits, we hadn’t even gotten to half of what we wanted to see.  This was before the expansion opened.  We have since been back a few more times and each time we only see a few exhibits.  You could truly spend an entire day in the museum without even realizing it.  In fact, we had so much fun that they only pictures I have from our visits are the two horrible ones above!

Free Parking and Reasonably Priced Admission

When we first moved to Denver, one of the hardest things for me to get used to was remembering to include paying for parking into our budget for the day.  Parking can run upwards of $20 depending on where you are and how long you will be there.  Parking at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is free.  It can be difficult to find parking if you are there during a busy time so you might not get to park right at the entrance, but all of the parking we have found there is free.

The admission prices are fairly reasonable.   Adult tickets start at $13 and children’s tickets start at 8.  You can create a ticket that works for you by adding an IMAX movie, planetarium show, or special exhibit.  You can also decide to put your admission tickets towards the price of an annual pass, which is what we did.

Something for Everyone

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science truly has something for every science lover.  My son’s favorite exhibit was the Gems and Minerals.  Every time we return to the museum, that is the first spot we visit.  He loves looking at the different gems and minerals to see if he can name them without looking at the signs.  My daughter’s favorite? The rooms after rooms of wildlife habitat scenes.  There are rooms about space, the human body, prehistoric times, Egyptian mummies, other cultures and more.

A Great Gift Shop

Normally, the gift shop is something we skip.  If we are forced through the gift shop because it is the only way out of the building, we rush through it as I am saying no, no, no to my children.  For some reason, we decided to stop in the gift shop on our way out and we were pleasantly surprised.  There were some great gift ideas, fun things for kids and lots of reasonably priced items.  I actually picked up some Christmas gifts during our last visit.  The gold dipped aspen leaf jewelry was my favorite gift of the year!

Although we love the gift shop, we weren’t impressed with the counter service restaurant.  It is a bit pricey and it was so crowded that the wait in the food lines exceed twenty minutes before we finally gave up.


  1. 1

    Such a great list, and thanks for pointing out the free parking.

    It’s time for another trip there. The kids seem to be into something different every time we go.

  2. 2

    This sounds awesome, it’s just the long restaurant line that ruined it.. maybe you should try it again(restaurant) and get there earlier to see if it’s worth it.

  3. 3

    I agree it’s impossible to see it all in one day – maybe not even one week!

  4. 4

    You know something? I have gone to the museum at least once a year FOREVER, and yet, I have never once been in the gift shop! That may be something I will have to do!

  5. 5

    I love the DMNS. It’s so fun and the kids always enjoy it.