Why We Collect
Humans are naturally curious about themselves and the world around them. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, we collect to better understand how our bodies, cultures, world, and universe work. We have 1.4 million artifacts and specimen. We use them every day for scientific studies, for educational programming and to inspire curiosity in our visitors. Our collections help the Museum create a community of critical thinkers that understand the lessons of the past and act as stewards of the future. Their preservation ensures that future scientists and generations of Museum visitors will always have access to them.
Director of Preservation & Documentary Resources
How can I see the collections?
the museum. Often. DMNS offers a wide range of programs and events
for Museum members and the visiting public.
Where are your collections?
Many are on display throughout the museum. Those not on
display are housed in research and preservation areas throughout
the Museum fulfilling our central public trust obligation to the
collections and associated data. Over its 110-year history, the
museum and its collections have grown in size and diversity. In
2014, we will open a new 70,000-square-foot, two-floor underground
facility called the Rocky Mountain Science
Collections Center where the objects, artifacts and specimens
entrusted to our care will be studied and preserved.
How are museum collections used?
Each object, artifact and specimen tells a story. Through study
and comparison conducted by scientists, the story is revealed. Our
collections are used by students (preschool through university),
life-long learners, researchers, the amateur community and artists
alike. Through the programs, exhibits, research and conversations
that take place at the Museum, we share these stories. Learn more
about our collections by also viewing Adult Programs and Education Collections.
How do I donate an object to the Museum?
Thank you for considering a donation to the DMNS collections. We
collect thoughtfully, based on our mission, research
focus, and resources. Our curators accept donations only after
careful consideration. Please contact the appropriate
department before bringing a potential donation to the