The Denver Museum of Nature and Science never fails to capture my imagination. My two-year-old daughter might be the excuse for our need to visit, but I always find something new to love it each time I go. With several great permanent exhibits and a large area dedicated to various rotating featured exhibits, there is always a new reason to go and be inspired.
My daughter is almost 2 years old, and our family has spent the last year or so discovering those child centered entertainments that adults so often forget. It’s been great! One of our favorite finds has been the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
I’m sure we visited here before, but to see a small child roar at dinosaur bones gives fresh light to a classic museum. It’s located right in the heart of City Park, just down the road from the Denver Zoo (another favorite to discuss in the future). From the moment you arrive in the parking lot, there are life-sized dinosaurs to greet you. They continue inside with a great two-story prehistoric exhibit that takes you from an undersea adventure to locally discovered fossils from various parts of Colorado.
Another favorite section is the Space Odyssey. This has numerous interactive exhibits including a space station docking game, infrared video, live demonstrations, and a giant globe that can project everything from the migratory patterns of whales to a view of world wide air traffic. There is even a small exhibit explaining how shutter speed influences picture quality in large telescopes!
Next to the dinosaurs, my daughter’s favorite is the wildlife exhibit. There are polar bears, walrus, rare birds, and animals local to Colorado in numerous displays.
As you can tell from my photos, many of the exhibits are quite dark for effect, so it’s definitely the realm of fast film and flash photography.
In summary, there are many reasons to enjoy an afternoon of inspiration at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It’s a scientific history lesson that will make you feel like a kid again!