Dinosaurs, mummies and
Denver Museum of Nature and Science1
Why locals love it
The West is big: Denver is the region's only metropolis, and over 400 miles away from any city of comparable size. Usually having so much space is refreshing, but sometimes it can also make life feel restrictively provincial. At such moments, locals rely on the city's museums, including the Museum of Nature and Science, to broaden their horizons.
Why you should visit it
With permanent exhibits including Space Odyssey, Egyptian Mummies, Prehistoric Journey, Botswana Africa Hall, Gem & Mineral Hall, North American Indian Hall, Edge of the Wild, Explore Colorado: From Plains to Peaks and Hall of Life, plus a slate of lectures, classes, tours and other events, this museum has something to pique everyone's interest.
The museum also contains an IMAX theater. Check this page for a list of sponsored free admission days: http://www.dmns.org/about-us/scfd-free-days/