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!

Please check the museum's website for updates on hours of operation.