Make an Impact

Every dollar given to the Museum allows us to innovate, explore and grow. Together, we are building a better Museum for all. Learn how you can make an impact today and build a legacy for future generations!

We value your support! Thank you for helping us make YOUR Museum the best it can be.


Your Gift at Work

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Engaging Students

Within the first week of school closures being announced, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science staff quickly worked with other Colorado science educators to first see what teachers needed and then respond to those needs.

Autumn, a sixth-grade teacher in Glenwood Springs, was at a loss for how to help her students when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly shut down schools in March 2020.

Within the first week of school closures being announced, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science staff quickly worked with other Colorado science educators to first see what teachers needed and then respond to those needs.

Autumn leaned on many of the opportunities the Museum created for teachers in this unusual time. She used DMNS on Demand videos to provide an activity to her remote learning students when she was scrambling for what to assign them. Through other teacher programs, Autumn was able to connect and collaborate virtually with science teachers from all over Colorado. For instance, she participated in weekly Tools @ Tea Time programs – brief, virtual professional learning sessions with the Museum’s teacher educators. Topics from assessment, to top resources, to even teacher self-care were covered and were all valuable to her.

Your support ensures that teachers like Autumn receive the programs and support they need. You ensure that the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is here for our community, pivoting to meet the quickly changing education needs of teachers and students, providing a place for everyone to follow their curiosities, and catalyzing a lifetime of learning. Thank you!

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Building a Legacy

Outreach experiences like the one described above are possible thanks to heroes like our donors and longtime Museum volunteer and supporter Ann O’Donnell.

Imagine that a colorfully wrapped box bursting with imaginative, hands-on activities and specimens from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science collections arrives at Fraser Valley Elementary School in Fraser, Colorado.

Everyone who lays eyes on the box realizes that an extraordinary experience awaits. Guided by their teachers—who are now experts in earth science thanks to lessons and activities curated by the Museum—students dig deep into Colorado’s past to discover what our state looked like when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

As students create simulations of Colorado’s lost worlds, they practice using the teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills they’ll need as the innovators, explorers, and community builders of tomorrow. Outreach experiences like the one described above are possible thanks to heroes like our donors and longtime Museum volunteer and supporter Ann O’Donnell.

Words can’t express the depth of our gratitude to Ann for her 40+ years of volunteer service and to the many supporters who contributed to the Ann O’Donnell Endowment for Outreach and Education in her honor. The endowment, which was created in 2019, supports hands-on science education experiences for K-12 students, both in their own schools and communities and on Museum field trips.

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Making Discoveries

Your support helps spark excitement and wonder in youth like Jonathan, for whom this close brush with the real workings of science may inspire a lifetime of continued learning.

Eighth-grader Jonathan was enjoying a hike in the Boulder foothills when an object that looked like a small, slightly shiny, rock caught his eye, and he picked it up. He didn’t know what the rock in his pocket was, but he had a special feeling about it.  Following his curiosity, he brought it to the attention of paleontologists at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Jonathan was shocked and thrilled when the scientists told him he found a fossil tooth from a Tyrannosaurus Rex that lived and died 68 million years ago!

That moment ignited a scientific journey for both Jonathan and the Museum. Jonathan’s discovery was displayed in the paleontology prep lab viewing window inside the Prehistoric Journey exhibition. Museum scientists now have evidence pointing to a new Front Range location and will secure permits to dig further. Could this tooth be potential evidence of a larger fossil find beneath the Earth’s surface? Jonathan may even be able to participate in the field work to find out.

Jonathan’s story reminds us to explore our backyard, ask questions, stay curious and follow the science. Your support helps spark excitement and wonder in youth like Jonathan, for whom this close brush with the real workings of science may inspire a lifetime of continued learning. This story is just one of the many impacts your support has on our community.

Thank you for investing in discovery, science, and the exploration of our natural world!

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Ways to Support

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Your generosity ignites our vision!

Your support for the Museum powers youth and adult education programs, conservation of artifacts and specimens, scientific research, and world-class permanent and temporary exhibitions. Below are various ways that you can make an impact today!

Individual Giving

One-Time Donation

Your commitment today helps the Museum present engaging exhibitions and educational programs both at our location in central Denver as well as out where people live, work, play and learn.

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To make a donation by check to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, please make donations out to:

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Development Office
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205

Please include on the check any details you’d like us to know, including if this gift is in honor or memory of someone. Checks received by the Development Department will be processed and issued a tax receipt, following IRS standard guidelines, if a valid return address is provided. Thank you for your support!

Wire Transfers

If you would like to make a donation to DMNS via wire transfer or ACH payment, please contact:

DMNS Development Office

[email protected]

Legacy and Planned Giving

Generosity comes in many forms, and a planned gift is often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most to you in your life. When you give to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, you help us make a difference.

Start here by learning the different gift options available to you. We will work with you to find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support the Museum.

Learn more about Planned Giving here

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Giving Club

Support the Museum with a philanthropic gift and receive the exclusive benefits that come with a Giving Club membership.

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Corporate Membership

We are truly grateful for the support of corporate partners, which include corporate members and sponsors.

To join, please fill out our enrollment form. Questions? Our Development team can be reached at 303.370.6319.

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Become a corporate member and enjoy many special perks that connect your employees to the Museum and reward them for a job well done. Corporate membership includes Museum, giant screen theater, and Planetarium passes and other benefits.

Complimentary General Admission Tickets (Does not include ticketed exhibitions) 25 50 100 150
Complimentary Phipps IMAX Theater passes 25 50 100 150
Complimentary Gates Planetarium passes 25 50 100 150
20% employee discount on memberships Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recognition in the Denver Business Journal and the Museum's Annual Report and Annual Donor Panel Yes Yes Yes Yes
Website Recognition Yes Yes Yes Yes
Complimentary Family Plus Membership(s)* None 1 2 3
Tickets to go behind the scenes at Members-Only events None 200 400 600
Discount on private use of the Museum None 25% 50% 75%
Private behind-the-scenes tour with a curator**     Yes Yes

* Your executives will receive invitations to special events and a Family Plus Membership to give away

** A private viewing of the Museum collections, exclusive artifacts, and areas not available to the general public (group of 20 or less)

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibition Sponsors

Each year, the Museum draws large audiences to its world-class temporary exhibitions, which receive widespread publicity throughout the Denver metro area. Sponsorship of these premier opportunities offers companies the highest level of visibility and closest association with the Museum.

Education Sponsors

The Museum typically serves nearly 300,000 schoolchildren and teachers each year through free Museum visits, an array of science education programs, scholarships for underserved schools, distance learning, and teacher professional development opportunities. Support for these programs is vital to encouraging children to tap into the power of science and creating a vibrant Colorado community.

Event Sponsors

Annual event sponsorship opportunities are available for companies looking for additional visibility and opportunities to entertain clients and reward employees. Sponsorships are available for events like our signature fundraising gala, Museum After Dark, the Science Lounge series geared toward young adults, Girls & Science, and other events for a variety of audiences. Please contact our team to learn more about available opportunities.

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Donor Advised Funds

If you would like to make a gift from your donor advised fund or foundation, our EIN is 84-0518447. You can also search for us by our legal name: Colorado Museum of Natural History. 

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Other Ways to Give

Corporate/Employer Matching Gift

Will your company or organization double the impact of your gift? Use this tool to search for your company matches with the employer matching gift!

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Foundation and Government Grants

Generous foundations and government agencies support critical work throughout the Museum–from vital general operating funds to scientific research and school and teacher programs.

For more information about the Museum’s current needs, or to learn more, please contact Cadell Walker, Director of Philanthropy, Strategic Initiatives, at 303.370.8259 or [email protected].

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Vehicle Donation

Support the artifacts, exhibits, and experiences you love by donating your car, boat, motorcycle, truck or RV to the Museum. Donating is quick and easy, and provides you with a charitable tax deduction. 

How does it work?
Fill out this form and our partner, Cars Helping Charities, will be in contact about scheduling a convenient time to tow your vehicle. Once your vehicle has been received, it will be sold at an auto auction and you will receive a tax receipt for the full amount of the purchase price.

All you need are your keys and the vehicle title. We’ll take care of the rest!

For information regarding tax deductibility, title and registration, towing and pick up, and more, click here.

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ReFUND Colorado

Support our mission with your Colorado state income tax refund! If you get a state income tax refund in 2020, you now have the ability to donate some or all of it to support our ongoing work in the community.

The new program described by the ReFUND CO initiative puts you in charge of where your donation goes. It’s as simple as 1,2,3:

  1. Decide how much of your refund to donate.
  2. Enter Denver Museum of Nature & Science and our registration number 20023005539 in the Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund line on your state income tax return or tax software – or just give this info to your tax preparer when you share your tax documents.
  3. Smile knowing you’ve helped a cause that matters to you!

With this program, you can re-energize our important work for another year. Learn more about this program at As always, we’re grateful for your past support and hope you’ll consider donating again through this new program to maintain our mission.

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