Just like other Denver area attractions, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science free days are a popular way to see a local cultural attraction for cheap. Usually the Denver Science museum charges $13 per adult and $8 per child. While that is a very reasonable rate for such a great activity, it adds up fast. Two adults and two kids works out to $42, and that’s just to enjoy the standard museum attractions. There are additional charges to see IMAX movies or the planetarium, as well as any fees to special exhibits, such as the current Mayan exhibit.
As with most major Denver attractions, if you are a local with kids, it really is a good idea to look into memberships. A family membership at DMNS is $80 per year and includes both parents and all children in one family. In other words, if you go just twice per year as a family of four, you come out ahead by being members. It makes even more sense if you have more children.
Free Days at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
All facilities that are members of Denver’s Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, or SCFD, offer free days to the community as a way to give back for the special additional sales tax the area pays to support various local institutions. For example, the Denver Zoo free days are offered nine times per year, during the slower winter months.
There are 12 different 2014 Denver Museum of Nature and Science free days all throughout the year.
2014 Free Days at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
- January 3
- February 7
- March 7
- April 4
- May 2
- June 6
- July 4
- August 1
- September 5
- October 3
- November 7
- December 5
As with all the SCFD free days in Denver, these dates are very busy for the museum. If you are members or have discounted admission to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, you may want to pick another day for your visit to avoid the crowds. Another tip is to arrive early because the parking garage and surface spaces fill up very quickly.
The hours for the Denver History and Science Museum are 9 to 5 every day. Get there as close to 9:00 am as possible to ensure reasonable parking, and to get some time before the crowds start to build up.
If you do go on one of the free days, remember that additional attractions are not included. They are however, still very popular. If you want to see an IMAX movie on a free day, for example, you are best off buying your tickets online in advance to reserve your space. You can pick them up as will call at the kiosks in the lobby and in front of the theater. The same thing goes for the planetarium and special exhibits such as the Mayan Mayan Hidden Worlds exhibit.
The museum doesn’t really allow food or picnics inside. There is a cafe, but foods and drinks are naturally not allowed in the exhibit areas themselves.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a great place to take kids whether it’s a free day or not. With dinosaurs, animals, human body, gems, space, and more, all interactively displayed, there is bound to be something interesting for everyone.