Hours:Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 10am-4pm, closed holidays
Cost:Free; suggested donations Adults $3; Children & Seniors $1
about University of Colorado Museum of Natural History:
The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History on the CU Campus is one of Boulder's hidden treasures. Focused on the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, it houses examples of flora and fauna along with fossils, dinosaur bones, and evidence of native peoples. More than four million artifacts and specimens make the Museum one of the top university natural science museums in the country.
All of the Museum's exhibitions are designed for children to explore and learn. The Paleontology Hall is a favorite of most children, in part because there are several hands-on objects in the gallery (not to mention the saber-toothed cats, complete Pteranadon skeleton and Triceratops skull). The Discovery Corner is another hands-on area for young kids to explore with their senses.
The facility also offers guided tours and summer workshops for children, Family Days, and other events such as art shows, demonstrations and nature walks.
The twice yearly Family Days are filled with scientists leading crafts and other activities. Contact Museum for dates and times.
The CU Museum is located in Boulder on the University of Colorado campus at 15th and Broadway (west of the University Memorial Center and directly south of the Mary Rippon Theatre. Take Table Mesa west from HWY 36 from Denver, turn north on Broadway. Park for $1.50/hour ($3/day on Sat & Sun) in the public lot at Euclid, just south of the museum or take the RTD Skip almost to the front door.