The Science Division aspires to make the world a better place through the process of scientific discovery

The Science Division grows and cares for a world-class natural history collection composed of 4.3 million artifacts and specimens, conducts scientific research with robust and diverse community participation, and conveys accurate, compelling stories that connect the past, present, and future. Our core scientific competencies are anthropology, earth sciences, health sciences, space sciences, and zoology. The Museum collections contain scientifically and culturally significant objects in archaeology, ethnology, geology, paleontology, health sciences, zoology and archives. While generally focused on the Rocky Mountain West, the collections also contain objects that bring the world to Denver and provide a broader intellectual and scientific context for the regional collections.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science does not provide appraisal services.  Please visit the American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, or the International Society of Appraisers to find an appropriate appraiser.




Incorporating ethnography and archaeology, the Department of Anthropology studies humans and their many cultures.


The Archives Department collects, catalogs, and preserves the Museum’s administrative, cultural, and scientific history through a collection of images, documents, and artifacts.


Avenir Conservation Center

Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences makes and shares new scientific discoveries while making earth sciences relevant and inclusive for all audiences.

Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences explores and teaches the biological principles of human health and disease.

Space Sciences

The Department of Space Sciences explores the mysteries of the universe, focusing on the lives and environments of young stars.


The Department of Zoology studies the planet’s biodiversity.

Research Facilities

Digital Research Lab

The Digital Research Lab is a research facility that uses cutting-edge visualization methods to reveal the anatomical structure of museum specimens.

Genetics Lab

Capturing life in sequence.

Avenir Collections Center

The Avenir Collections Center is a state-of-the art collections facility that houses the Museum’s 4.3 million specimens and artifacts.

Featured Research

Museum Publications

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has an active research program and authors a variety of publications. These include the Annals (formerly the Proceedings), reports (formerly technical reports), annual reports, and curator publications.  Learn more about our publications here.

Pan Divisional Staff

John R. Demboski, PhD

Vice President of Science

Melissa Bechhoefer, MS

Director of Integrative Collections

Rick Wicker


Jeffrey T. Stephenson

Science Liaison

Meghan Truckey, MA


Libby Couch

Business Support Specialist III

Courtney J. Scheskie, MA

Business Support Specialist III

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