This museum is a great way to expose children to science while still making it fun for adults. The museum features an Imax movie theatre, a planetarium, and exhibits that change throughout the year. The planetarium features numerous shows per day and they cover topics like black holes, cosmic space journeys, cosmic collisions and The Little Star That Could, a preschool oriented story that teaches younger children about the planets and stars. Imax movies cover topics from around the world, in the sky, under the sea, and during the past. All of these shows are shown on a huge Imax screen and some shows are in 3-D. Exhibitions at the museum cover all sorts of science and history topics. They will take you back through ancient times, into the human body, under the sea, into the wild, and deep within the earth's core to explore where gems come from. There are more temporary exhibits as well as the ones that only change occasionally.
One of the museum's main goals is to teach. There are vast curriculum programs that both teachers and parents can use to enrich science and history lessons. Workshops are designed for children preschool age through 4th grade. Preschool programs include Our Place in Space and Wake Up, It's Spring! Programs for older children include Inside Me and Outside Me, At the Seashore, Junior Surgeons, Making of an Imax Film, and Skulls and Skeletal Features.
There are also adult education programs that help adults bring science into their everyday lives. Programs include lectures, classes and field trips, and The Science Lounge, an ongoing program that meets periodically and covers topics like the cosmos, hormones, and safari.
There are numerous collections at the museum that allow researchers and scientists to explore and study the materials. The department conducts research and helps organize the collection at the museum. There are more than 1.4 million objects in the museum's collection, all of which deal in some way with nature or science. Topics cover earth science, space science, anthropology, and zoology. The collection continues to grow thanks to donations and staff research.
A visit to the museum should include a stop by the museum gift shop. Here you can find a large variety of science kits for learning science at home, books, toys, jewelry, gifts, DVD and CDs, and a lot more. You can pick up a gift or take home a lesson. You are free to shop in the museum shop without entering or paying admission to the museum. The museum is located on the first floor of the museum and is open from 10 am until 5 pm every day.
If you are hungry after a day of exploring the museum, stop by the TRex Cafe. The hours of the cafe are 11 am until 2 pm and the cafe is located on the first floor of the museum. There is a variety of dishes served including hot entrees, many from different ethnic cuisines, grilled hamburgers and hot sandwiches, soups and fresh salads, pizza and calzones, and vegetarian options. There are also special kids meals available, as well as a number of low carb options for those watching their waist line.
If you or your children have an interest in exploring science, or you are looking for a way to make it more interesting, try a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.