Denver Museum of Nature and Science

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Official Name
The Colorado Museum of Natural History​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Former Name(s)
(1948)Colorado Museum of Natural History
(2000)Denver Museum of Natural History
Date Established
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Headquarters Address
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205
Colorado Location
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205
Mailing Address
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205
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Mission Statement

Be a catalyst! Ignite our community's passion for nature and science.

Envision an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world.

The mission and vision were adopted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Board of Trustees in April 2014.

• We love science.
• We are curious, creative, and playful.
• We cultivate relationships: with each other, diverse communities, the environment, and for our future.
• We think critically and act with empathy.

Organization History

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) was founded in 1900 by a group of Denver citizens interested in preserving the natural history of the Rocky Mountain region. Over the last century, DMNS has grown into one of the largest natural history museums in the west. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, DMNS is a premier source of informal education in science, culture, and natural history as well as a leader in scientific research in the fields of anthropology, earth sciences, health sciences, paleontology, space sciences, and zoology. Through all of its activities it promotes STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) throughout the community. The Museum's collections number 4.3 million objects, including an extensive library/archives and education demonstration collection. In addition to its permanent exhibitions and historic diorama halls, DMNS offers temporary exhibitions, IMAX films, and planetarium shows. Education programs for school groups, adults, teachers, and young children reach broad audiences both onsite and throughout the community.

In 2019, the Museum served more than two million people both on- and off-site, including nearly 300,000 students and teachers. Nearly half of our audience - including a third of onsite visitors - were served for free through scholarships, free days, and a variety of free passes and programs.

Looking forward, the Museum is executing on its Everyone, Everywhere strategic plan, which is guided by an overarching objective to connect more and diverse people around nature and science in ways that are meaningful to them. The projects within this strategic plan aim to:
• Make science accessible, inclusive, fun, understandable, and meaningful;
• Activate human imagination that will catalyze a generation of explorers, problem solvers, creative strategists, and analytical thinkers; and
• Contribute to a strong and vibrant future for Colorado.


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As you may know, there are new tax incentives to making charitable gifts in 2020.

Are you itemizing deductions?
The adjusted gross income (AGI) limit for cash contributions was increased for individual donors. For cash contributions made in 2020, you can now elect to deduct up to 100 percent of your AGI (increased from 60 percent).

Not itemizing?
The CARES Act allows for an additional, "above-the-line" deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300. If you are not itemizing on your 2020 taxes, you can claim this new deduction.

Interested in corporate giving?
The AGI limit for cash contributions was also increased for corporate donors. Corporations can now deduct up to 25 percent of taxable income (increased from 10 percent).

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