Exploring Denver: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Take a trip through time, space and the human body at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science—on us!*

Did you know that we check out free passes to the museum and more attractions with the Exploration Pass?

Each exhibit inside DMNS, opens a new window has activities geared for children, but they also have a number of experiences throughout the museum just for ages 0 to 5.

  • You'll want to head to the second floor immediately and dive in to The Discovery Zone. It features a recently updated giant water table and is a great way to cool off when it's hot outside.
  • Also on the second floor is Tykes Peak, a playground tucked inside the Expedition Health exhibit.
  • Do you have a budding astronaut? They'll love flying a space ship in the new and improved Space Odyssey exhibit. 
  • The Salmon River is an interactive digital floor display inside the Wildlife Halls on the second floor, in the Bears and Sea Mammals area. Kids have a great time jumping on the pad and catching as many fish as they can.

If you're an old hat to the museum, add a new twist to your experience with the museum's scavenger hunts, opens a new window! My kid and I have completed the hunt to find the secret diorama gnomes hidden throughout the exhibits and had so much fun. If you decide to try it, bring a laser pointer; they're not easy to find, especially for little eyes.

My favorite room is the Gems and Minerals room (all those colors and shapes!). What's yours? Let us know in the comments!

*COVID-19 Update: The museum is currently open, but please check their website for updates.