Reopened and Re-energized 

We're excited to welcome you back! Satisfy your science curiosity in a safe environment. Learn more about all the precautions we’re taking in the pursuit of #CatalyzingUsForward. As we explore our new normal together and welcome staff, volunteers, and guests back into our physical spaces, we’re taking extra precautions—from physical distancing to increased disinfecting—as we look forward to inspiring curiosity and imagination. We ask that you please respect the following rules to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all. 

Here's what you need to know before you go!

COVID-19 Safety Measures + Updates

We are grateful for your support and want to ensure you are aware of changes we’re making, along with what we will be asking of our staff, volunteers, and guests in the coming months. Together, we can navigate the changes that help to keep each other safe and healthy. 

Your family’s safety is our top priority. Our promise to you is an unwavering commitment to safe spaces for all who visit the Museum, including:   

  • Following all public health orders regarding COVID-19.  
  • Creating specific cleaning roles and protocols to focus on disinfecting high touch areas.    
  • Using EPA approved list N disinfectant cleaners.  
  • Conducting regular hygiene assessments.  
  • Adopting new health and safety protocol for staff, including requiring face coverings, temperature checks, and increased teleworking.  
  • Adding hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.   
  • Placing handwashing reminder posters in all restrooms.  
  • Reduced overall visitation capacity by 80%.
  • Increased ventilation and air exchanges of fresh air throughout the building.
  • Installed Plexiglas shielding at high guest interaction points.
  • Installed Chip & Pin credit card machines at retail sales points.
  • Installed ground splats in appropriate areas to provide queuing for physical distancing.
  • Increased number of hand sanitizing stations.
  • Following all CDC, State and Local guidelines and requirements.
  • The City & County of Denver has a face covering order in place for all indoor public spaces. The Museum is in compliance with this order. All guests ages 3 and older are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. Guests who cannot medically tolerate correctly wearing a face covering will be asked to return to the Museum when the face covering order is lifted. All employees will wear face coverings.
  • Note a face shield alone is not considered a replacement for a mask.
  • Staff reminding guests of the face covering requirement if they are not being worn properly.
  • Requiring timed ticketing for all guests to allow for controlled capacity and physical distancing.
  • Limiting capacity and monitoring capacity monitoring of popular galleries.
  • Maintaining an air filtration system that exceeds CDC requirements.
  • Promoting proper hand washing and hygiene throughout the building with signage.
  • Performing proper disinfecting throughout the building.
  • Operating T Rex Café with limited capacity, distanced seating, and disinfection between uses.
  • Conducting temperature and health screenings for all staff and volunteers when entering the Museum.
  • Encouraging telecommuting when the job allows and reducing onsite staff capacity by 50%.
  • Requiring sick employees and volunteers to stay home. 
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When You Visit the Museum

When you visit the Museum, you will also play a role in creating a safe place for everyone to enjoy. We are asking guests to take the following steps to help protect themselves and ensure the best possible experience for everyone:

  • The City & County of Denver has a face covering order in place for all indoor public spaces. The Museum is in compliance with this order. All guests ages 3 and older are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. Guests who cannot medically tolerate correctly wearing a face covering will be asked to return to the Museum when the face covering order is lifted. All employees will wear face coverings.    
  • Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online. Members are encouraged to obtain their free admission ticket online, too.  
  • Note, a face shield alone is not considered a replacement for a mask.
  • Wash your hands frequently.  
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from other groups.  
  • Stay home and enjoy a Museum visit another day if you are not feeling well. 
  • Entry times will take place every 20 minutes beginning at the top of each hour during operational hours, and admission lines will be marked for physical distancing purposes.   
  • Tickets will be emailed to you. Simply pull up your ticket(s) on your smartphone device upon arrival so that Museum staff can scan it upon entry. This method is strongly encouraged; however, you may bring a printed copy of your ticket.
  • Please bring your own water bottles for refills as our regular drinking fountains are turned off for your safety. 

The City & County of Denver has a face covering order in place for all indoor public spaces. The Museum is in compliance with this order. All guests ages 3 and older are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. Guests who cannot medically tolerate correctly wearing a face covering will be asked to return to the Museum when the face covering order is lifted. All employees will wear face coverings.

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Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday - Thursday)

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Fridays)

Off Peak Pricing- Purchase online to save $1 per ticket for entry before 10:00 am or after 2:00 pm.

Timed Ticket Entry

All guests, including members, must schedule a date and time for their visit in advance by securing a timed ticket online. This will allow us to manage the number of people in the Museum at one time and help ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.

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Pricing and Discounts

See Museum Pricing, our SCFD Free Day schedule, information about SNAP and military discounts, CityPASS and more. 

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Exhibitions

Discover two female mummies on display in "Egyptian Mummies" or go on a virtual reality journey through the sky in "Space Odyssey".

Museum patrons are encouraged to touch and interact with the exhibits to their own comfort level. Most of the Museum will be open for guests to enjoy with new safety precautions implemented.

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IMAX

Phipps IMAX® Theater takes you from the comfort of their seats right into the middle of the action as they explore the newest frontiers in science and some of nature’s wildest places on a 3-story high screen.

We are asking guests to take the following steps to help protect themselves and ensure the best possible experience for everyone during visits to the Phipps IMAX® Theater: 

  • Enter queue no more than 10 minutes before your ticket time.
  • Please practice physical distancing for everyone's safety while in the theater by adhering to the seating guidelines.
  • By order of the City and County of Denver, all guests ages 3+ must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth at all times. If you have a medical exemption, please let us know upon entry.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in Phipps IMAX® Theater.
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Planetarium

Gates Planetarium

Gates Planetarium reopens Friday, January 8, 2021! Soar to another planet on a cosmic journey or find a place where nothing escapes, not even light. Are you ready for an adventure that is out of this world?

We are asking guests to take the following steps to help them protect themselves and ensure the best possible experience for everyone during visits to Gates Planetarium.

  1. Enter queue no more than 10 minutes before your ticket time
  2. Please practice physical distancing for everyone’s safety while in theaters by adhering to the seating guidelines. Please note that larger parties may be seated separately
  3. The City & County of Denver has a face covering order in place for all indoor public spaces. All guests ages 3 and older are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while visiting the Museum.
  4. Everyone in your group needs a timed ticket, including adults, all children under three and babies.
  5. No food or drinks are allowed in Gates Planetarium
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Floor Maps

Museum Map

Explore the Museum floor plan before you visit.

Food Services

Museums aren't as fun when you're hungry! Stop by our T-Rex Café or Grab & Go Deli for delicious meals, snacks, coffee, and more. 

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Access and Special Needs

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers many services to facilitate and enhance the Museum experience for all of our guests.

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Members of the Media

Contact Maura O’Neal
Email: [email protected]
Office: 303.370.6407
Cell: 303.507.6058

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Safe Spaces Policy

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science exists to be a catalyst and ignite our community’s passion for nature and science. In order to fulfill our mission and live out our values, we strive to provide a safe place for everyone to follow their curiosity and desire for discovery, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and range of abilities.

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FAQ

Strollers and non-motorized wheelchairs are available to check out at our information desk located on the first floor across from the gift shop. These items are first come first serve and cannot be reserved in advance. We do not have motorized carts available to rent.

Yes, we allow services animals in the Museum, which is defined as animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Pets and emotional support animals are not considered service animals and will not be allowed.

Yes! Click here to begin planning your event.

Yes! Your best bet is to reach out to one of our research departments with your question. You can find all their contact information here.

Lockers are available. There is a daily rental fee of 50 cents.

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