Denver Museum of Nature and Science

A nonprofit organization

$85,459 raised by 441 donors

100% complete

$80,000 Goal

What comes to mind when you think of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science? 

"It was the first place I felt at home in my new city." - Alison

"We are better educators and wonder-ers because of all of your departments and hard work." - Lexie

"Some of my fondest memories are visiting the Museum with my grandparents, who lived close by, in the early 1960's . . . Now for a special treat, I bring my own grandchildren." - Sharlene

When we think far into the future, what legacy do we want to leave for Coloradans and visitors from around the world? While we do not know in exactly which ways scientific discoveries will shape our understanding of the natural world in the future, we do know with near certainty that the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will continue to be here as a place for connection, belonging, and legacy.

YOU are a part of this legacy.

Your gift today supports your Museum as a renowned institution providing opportunities for our community to engage with nature and science -- but your impact reaches far into the future.  

Your generosity is supporting your Museum now, while also helping to ensure that your Museum will be the same Museum that children 50 years from now will visit and look up at dinosaur fossils in awe -- just as they do today. Families will continue to make their Museum a part of their family traditions for generations to come. The Museum will continue to be a space where audiences can go to be mentally transported miles away. It will continue to be a space for scientific discovery and accessible education.  

"One of my favorite things about you is you don't change . . . Another one of my favorite things is that you always change." - Jamie and Danielle

When you make a gift today in support of your Museum, you make science learning possible while investing in your Museum’s future. Now is your chance to multiply your impact! Thanks to a generous group of donors, gifts made now through Dec. 6 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $80,000! Every gift is also boosted by a statewide $1.4 Million+ incentive fund. 

Thank you for helping your Museum remain a beloved Denver icon, while at the same time an ever-changing, innovative institution. 

If you would like to purchase or renew a membership, please visit our membership page, We are unable to process memberships through ColoradoGives.



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.

Background Statement

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science 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, it has grown into one of the largest natural history museums in the west. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 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. All of the Museum's activities promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning 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, the Museum offers temporary exhibitions, giant screen theater films and planetarium shows. Education programs for school groups, adults, teachers and young children reach broad audiences both onsite and throughout the community.

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 to 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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

other names

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, DMNS, Colorado Museum of Natural History, Denver Museum of Natural History

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities


2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US



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