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Location & Hours

Downtown Aquarium

DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM
700 Water St.
Denver, Co. 80211

Sun-Thu: 10am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-9:30pm

(303) 561-4450
downtownaquarium.com

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

Sat-Thu, 9am-5pm
Fri, 9am-9pm
Thanksgiving Day, 9am-3pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Some temporary exhibits may have extended viewing hours; check website for details.

(303) 370.6000
dmns.org

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF DENVER AT MARSICO CAMPUS
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, Colorado 80211

Wed-Sun; 8:30am-12pm, 12:30-4pm
The Museum is closed on some holidays and for annual maintenance. Please confirm hours before your visit.
The Museum is open for 2 play sessions Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30am-12pm and 12:30-4pm. Reservations are required; guests can check in at any time during their play session.

(303) 433-7444
mychildsmuseum.org

Denver Botanic Gardens

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206

9am-5pm daily
Hours vary seasonally; see website for current hours and scheduled early closings for special events or maintenance.

(720) 865-3500
botanicgardens.org

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
7711 E. Academy Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230

Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
Sun, 12-4pm
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Closed for select private events. Click here for up-to-date closure information.

(303) 360-5360
wingsmuseum.org

Denver Art Museum

DENVER ART MUSEUM
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Daily, 10am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Other holiday hours may vary; check website to confirm.

(720) 865-5000
denverartmuseum.org

History Colorado Center

HISTORY COLORADO CENTER
1200 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

(303) 447-8679
historycolorado.org

CityPASS Admission

Downtown Aquarium

Aquarium Adventure Exhibit

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

General admission

IMAX, Planetarium, and T. rex Cafe are temporarily unavailable.

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

General admission

Some exhibits may be temporarily unavailable.

Denver Botanic Gardens

General admission to York Street gardens

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

General admission and traveling exhibits at the Air & Space Museum located in the historic Lowry neighborhood in Denver, CO.

Denver Art Museum

General admission

Special exhibits including Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom and Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington are included with admission. Some games and activities may be temporarily unavailable.

History Colorado Center

General Admission

Some activities may be temporarily unavailable.

Highlights

Downtown Aquarium

  • Watch mermaids swim amongst their sea life friends choreographed to music, all while teaching about the importance of taking care of our environment, in the Under the Sea Exhibit.
  • Learn about the variety of interesting marine habitats on the North American continent, as well as the wonderful creatures that live in them.
  • See how animals in a wharf habitat have adapted to survive tides, crashing waves, and tough environments.
  • See a sunken temple, a shipwreck, and a coral lagoon, and explore how those features influence the habitat and the animals around them.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

  • Explore the wonder of space without any of the hassles of interplanetary travel in Space Odyssey. Museum Galaxy Guides facilitate an amazing experience in which you’ll get to see a massive Martian canyon and watch live performances.
  • Go back... way back in Prehistoric Journey, an engaging exhibit where you’ll trace the history of life on Earth, going from 3.5-billion-year-old single-celled organisms to dinosaurs to today’s creatures.
  • Don’t miss the spectacular 3-D wildlife displays depicting over 90 groupings of animals from around the world in the Wildlife Halls.
  • Watch your little ones "excavate" fossils, experiment with water in action, test building methods and materials, and create art projects in the Discovery Zone.
  • Explore the miracle of the human body in Expedition Health®, an interactive, highly-personalized exhibit where you’ll get to look at your cells under a microscope!
  • Delight in all things dazzling and shiny! Explore a silver mine leading to a cavern overflowing with stalactites and white gypsum crystals, and admire Tom’s Baby, a nugget of gold that weighs in at eight pounds.
  • Admire Vasily Konovalenko’s intricately carved figures, all of which are crafted from precious gems, in Konovalenko: Gem Carvings of Russian Folk Life.
  • Celebrate the incredible diversity of the North American natives, from Inuit to Navajo. See authentic reconstructed dwellings from assorted indigenous peoples and watch videos explaining their culture.
  • Indulge your inner archaeologist as you explore Egyptian Mummies. Learn about how technology like CT scans and radiocarbon dating has shed new light on the lives and deaths of two female mummies hosted inside this stunning exhibit.

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

  • The exhibits at Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus are one-of-a-kind and super fun. Get ready for ALL-IN play!
  • Explore: Dig on the sand, splash in the river, traverse the canyon and zip through the air in Joy Park.
  • Imagine: Slide down the fireman’s pole and save the town, take care of the neighborhood pets in Ready Vet Go or shop at a local farmers market and whip up a meal in the farmhouse kitchen.
  • Investigate: Unlock the secret science of bubbles, control the forces of motion and gravity, launch a rocket, or splash and experiment with H2O.
  • Create: Master your use of texture, space and color in The Art Studio or learn about nutrition and foods from cultures all over the world alongside a seasoned chef.

Denver Botanic Gardens

  • Learn about Colorado's native flora in the 17 Gardens of the West, showcasing plants that thrive in the arid climate.
  • See gardens inspired by Japan, China, South Africa and the Tropics, including plants from other regions that are similar to Denver in climate and soils.
  • Enjoy the color of roses, day lilies, irises and more in the Ornamental Gardens, and take a relaxing break in the Shady Gardens, an especially nice place to linger on warm days.
  • Don't miss Mordecai Children's Garden, where your budding horticulturalists can explore plants and the natural world through hands-on experiences and play. Open seasonally.
  • Enhance your visit with seasonal art exhibitions, including an outdoor sculpture exhibition every spring and summer.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

  • Dive into one of the premier aerospace attractions in the Rocky Mountain region, home to more than 50 aircraft and space vehicles; world-class traveling exhibits are included with admission.
  • Browse a rare collection of iconic aircraft including a B-1A Lancer, F-14 Tomcat, B-52 Bomber and replica X-Wing Starfighter.
  • Learn about astronauts with Colorado connections who have helped transform our understanding of space.
  • See a Wright Model K Propeller that was signed by Orville Wright at his home in Dayton, Ohio, in 1944.
  • Explore a unique collection of uniforms, gear and more, featuring dozens of items not found anywhere else in the world including specially designed arctic flight suits and original Lowry Air Force Base photography equipment.
  • Named a “Top 20 Aviation Museum Around the World” by CNN Travel.
  • Both American Idol and The Bachelor have filmed on location!

Denver Art Museum

  • Discover something new in the museum's current exhibitions, featuring artistic works from their collections in areas such as photography, western American art, fashion and textiles, conservation, Asian art, African Art, American Indian art, and more.
  • Connect with Denver's creative community at artist demonstrations. Every weekend is a new chance to see an artist at work on three-dimensional art in the 3-D Studio.
  • Roll up your sleeves and get creative! Visit the galleries on weekdays during the summer (and on weekends during the school year) to make your own art project. Discover new Create-n-Takes every season.

History Colorado Center

  • Explore 100 powerful artifacts that illustrate how Colorado became Colorado in Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects. Culled from the vast collections of History Colorado, every object on view had a role in shaping our state--from the age of the Paleoindians to Jack Swigert's Apollo 13 flight suit and beyond.
  • Hear the story of Colorado’s longest continuous residents, told in their own voices in Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History. Take a journey to iconic Colorado places the Ute people call home. You’ll see traditional arts, gorgeous photography, and contemporary video showing how Ute people have adapted and persevered through the centuries. Witness the tragic loss of Ute homelands and see efforts to keep Ute culture and language alive today.
  • Come explore Colorado's brewing past, present, and future in Beer Here! Brewing the New West. See beer-brewing equipment from then to now, a massive bottle-breaker from Prohibition days, the nation’s first aluminum beer cans, and a wealth of other artifacts from the state’s hoppy history. Thirsty for more? After you view the exhibit, stay awhile to enjoy a sampler tray of historic beer styles.

CityPASS Entry

Visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for detailed information on advance reservations and entry.

Offers/Upgrades

Downtown Aquarium

SCUBA & Snorkel Adventures: At Downtown Aquarium you can snorkel or scuba dive with the fish! Swim with the Fish & Dive with the Sharks are two of the most popular and exciting programs at the aquarium. To reserve your dive, please visit www.a1scuba.com or call 303-789-2450.

Aquarium Plus Pass: Includes one 4-D experience. Cost for CityPASS guests: $5.

Animal Encounters: Have a one-on-one encounter with an aquarium animal. Depending on the animal, you may be able to feed, touch, train, and/or get your picture taken with the animal. You can meet our porcupine, sloth, serval, binturong, snakes, tortoises, or parrots. Cost for CityPASS guests: $15/person for first animal; $10/person for each additional animal; $150 for a private encounter, $100 for each additional animal.

Aquarium Exhibit Value Ticket: Includes one 4-D experience and your choice of two: Face Painting, Coconut Tree Climb, Stingray Fish Food. Cost for CityPASS guests: $7.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

VR Arcade: Experience a variety of simulated experiences that would otherwise be impossible. Inquire for pricing.

Temporary Exhibits: Some temporary exhibit tickets require an additional purchase.

IMAX and Planetarium Films: Tickets for IMAX and Planetarium may be purchased at dmns.org, at the main ticketing desk, or at kiosks inside the museum.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Guided Group Tours: If you are interested in a guided-tour for your group of 10 or more, please contact Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum at 303.360.5360 ext 115, at least two weeks ahead of your visit; additional fees apply.

Simulator Experiences: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum offers a simulator experience not included in general admission. Flip, turn and twirl in the full-motion MaxFlight simulator or grab your kids and jump on Doron. All simulator pricing is per person.
MaxFlight Simulator: $7.50
Doron Simulator: $5.00

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum Gift Shop.

Denver Art Museum

Group Tours: Group tours are offered Monday-Friday and must be booked a minimum of one week in advance. Please inquire with the museum for reservations and pricing.

History Colorado Center

5% off Your Purchase: Get 5% off your purchase in The History Colorado Gift Shop and Cafe.

Audio Guide: Available in English or Spanish. Cost for CityPASS guests: $5.

Advice for Visitors

Downtown Aquarium

Tips:
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Aquarium Restaurant
  • Gift Shops: Treasure Chest Gift Shop

Directions: Click here for directions.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Tips:
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
  • Temporary exhibits and theaters often sell out; to purchase tickets in advance, call (303) 370-6000.
Amenities:
  • Dining: T-Rex Cafe, T-Rex Grab & Go, Coffee Cart
  • Gift Shops: Museum Shop

Best Time to Visit: Weekday afternoons are usually a less-crowded time to visit the museum.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for parking and transportation information.

Accessibility: Click here for accessibility information.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Two to three days prior to arrival, please contact (303) 370-6000 and follow the instructions to speak to an agent. Agents are available 9 am-5 pm MT daily.

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Tips:
  • The Children’s Museum is designed for ages newborn through age 8 and their grown-ups, but kids of all ages can have fun at the museum.
  • A typical visit is 1-3 hours. Give yourself plenty of time to explore.
  • Come dressed for active play at this very busy, very FUN Museum.
  • For a better visit, please consider leaving your stroller in your car.
  • Get some fresh air at the outdoor park, open year-round, where kids can get messy. (Bring a change of clothes.)
  • The Café has limited seating, but there is plenty of outdoor seating and picnic space in the park, and outside food is allowed.
  • Children and adults must stay together. No adults are allowed in the museum without a child, and no children without an adult.
  • Special events are not included; event pricing varies.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Museum Café
  • Gift Shops: Museum Gift Shop

Accessibility: Click here for accessibility information.

Parking: Click here for parking information.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Tips:
  • Most of the Gardens is not shaded, so dress appropriately in the warm months. The Gardens are open all year; there are beautiful indoor gardens during the winter, but the outdoor gardens will be dormant.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Offshoots Cafe, Hive Garden Bistro
  • Gift Shops: Shop at the Gardens

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Accessibility: Click here for information on accessibility.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Tips:
  • Within walking distance of the museum, you'll find a fantastic selection of dining options. A top notch beer garden and Rocket Ice Cream can be found right next door, and just down the block you'll find wood-fired bagels and Baja California-inspired fare.
  • The museum hosts events throughout the year such as a Star Wars™ weekend and Hops in the Hangar beer festival. Tickets to those events are sold separately. Check WingsMuseum.org for up to date information.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Gift Shops: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Gift Shop

Accessibility: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is a handicap accessible attraction. Wheelchairs are available upon request.

Directions: Click here for directions.

Denver Art Museum

Tips:
  • Free First Saturday: Please note that general admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of the month.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Gift Shops: The Shop at the Denver Art Museum

Accessibility: Click here for information on accessibility.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Please contact the group services team in advance of your arrival at (720) 913-0088 (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm), or email groupsales@denverartmuseum.org.

History Colorado Center

Tips:
  • Be sure to check the center's website for upcoming deals, lectures or programs that may be included with the price of admission.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Café Rendezvous
  • Gift Shops: Gift Shop

Best Time to Visit: Afternoons are typically quieter than mornings.

Accessibility: Wheelchairs and a mobile scooter available for check out at the front desk. For more information about accessibility at the History Colorado Center, click here.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for parking and transportation information.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (303) 866-2394 or email reservations@state.co.us in advance of arrival.

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