In The Know

Member Tips

  • With the end of Colorado’s health emergency executive orders enacted in response to COVID-19, the Museum has adjusted some health and safety and ticketing procedures. We wanted to highlight some of those changes for you as you plan for your next visit.
  • Face coverings are recommended for all unvaccinated guests over age 10 and are optional otherwise.
  • All exhibit galleries and theaters, with the exception of Body Trek Theater in “Expedition Health” are now open.
  • Timed tickets are still required for general admission.
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Strategic Plan Update

The Everyone, Everywhere strategic plan includes several projects and initiatives to make nature and science learning experiences accessible and fun! Projects and initiatives are designed to reach people both in the Musuem’s building and outside of our walls where people live, work, play and learn.


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The Museum’s newest strategic initiative focuses on implementing anti-discrimination policies and dismantling harmful rules and expectations rooted in white supremacy culture. By connecting with more people in our community to envision who we will be in the future, our goal is to remain transparent and accountable in enacting change around our diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility work. We invite you to join us in this ongoing work to make Colorado and the Museum a place where all are respected and welcomed. Visit or email [email protected].

Future First

The Future First team – charged with redesigning 20,000 square feet on the first floor – recently concluded its community outreach and early design phase and is now in a fundraising phase. More opportunities to get involved are coming soon. Visit the Discover Science section to learn more about the science advisory team.

Nearby Nature

Together with Denver Parks & Recreation, City Park neighbors and our community, we are exploring Colorado’s unique ecosystems through natural, immersive play, revitalizing the Box Canyon waterway, and creating spaces that encourage gathering, respite and investigation in Denver’s iconic City Park. This summer, Museum Teen Science Scholars Dulce Flores and Breymond Robinson sampled the insect fauna of the area in City Park that will be transformed as part of the Nearby Nature initiative. Their collections will be the baseline for a 5-year entomological study accompanying this transformation. If you’re in City Park, take advantage of the walking tour outlined with yard signs, or visit for a virtual walkthrough. To stay in the know and receive invitations to community input opportunities and events, email [email protected].

Learn more about Nearby Nature

Space Odyssey Reimagined

We transformed our most popular permanent exhibition and opened to the public on Nov. 13, 2020.

Explore "Space Odyssey"
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Guests play in "Space Odyssey"


We collaborate with teachers and students to offer a suite of engaging STEAM learning opportunities. The addition of seven new Curiosity Kits and Wonder Workshops in fall 2017 completed our menu of options for ExciteEd. As teachers and students have adapted to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this project has continued to meet them wherever they are learning—in school, at the Museum, online and at home.

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In the Community

Learning something revolutionary can happen when you least expect it. Imagination needs a home everywhere, from mountain tops to shopping malls. This is why you’ll find us at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Colorado Mills and occasionally taking citizens on archeological digs in Golden. We are excited that both Dinosaur Gulch at Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Mars Outpost at Colorado Mills play areas have reopened and we are exploring where to pop-up next!

The Institute for Science & Policy

We believe that science has to be a valued part of the policy-making process and created the Institute to show how civil dialogue and scientific thinking can positively impact policy making and problem solving. Everyone is encouraged to join in the upcoming Symposium on Dec. 1 and 2. Click here for more details and to register.

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Museum on Wheels

Through this initiative, we are bringing all-new nature and science experiences to both schools and the community through two different-sized vehicles with unique programming: The Curiosity Cruiser and The Time Hopper.

Curiosity Cruiser

The Curiosity Cruiser is a pop-up trailer that connects with adults and families in a variety of venues. We’re booking now for 2022! Visit to bring the Curiosity Cruiser to your block party, festival or office event!

Time Hopper

The Time Hopper will be an expandable RV, themed as a time machine, that challenges students and families across Colorado to imagine the future through a technology-rich and highly dynamic experience, primarily serving schools throughout Colorado. The team completed the design phase of this project in 2020.

IMAX® Lineup

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Great Bear Rainforest

“Great Bear Rainforest,” narrated by Ryan Reynolds, takes you on a journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth. Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on Earth—a place protected by the region’s indigenous people for millennia. Experience the wonder and discover the land of the spirit bear in this inspiring film.

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Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker

In an environment equally as harsh as it is beautiful, immerse yourself in a coming of age tale guided by one of Australia’s most unique, intelligent and playful animals: the rare Australian Sea Lion. "Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker” introduces you to Otto, the Australian Sea Lion pup, and brings you inside the colony where a life of great intimacy, tenderness and clumsiness must often give way to a life of great sacrifice and bravery. Dive into Otto's world and meet the people that are trying to save her species.

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Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Tyler Lyson recently named two new fossil turtles from Colorado: Palatobaena knellerorum, named after Stephen and Mary Lynne Kneller in recognition of all of their support for the Museum’s Cretaceous/Paleogene research; and Plastomenus joycei, named after Walter Joyce, Ph.D.,— a preeminent paleontologist who also studies fossil turtles and a close friend of Lyson’s. You can find both of these fossils on display and a mural showing Plastomenus joycei and the world it lived in, in the “After the Asteroid” exhibition on the first floor of the Museum.

Discover "After the Asteroid"
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