Top Five Museums in Boulder, CO

November 13, 2017

Boulder is known for its outdoor adventures, however, it’s easy to overlook that it has a plethora of cultural offerings as well. Whether it’s art, entertainment, a little history or family entertainment, this popular town has it all with its numerous museums.

Let’s start with something for the entire family! You won’t find a more ideal atmosphere than the Children’s Museum of Lafayette, Colorado. It might be small in size but it’s mighty in its diverse offerings for kids. For families with small children, it provides the perfect environment with its adorable, cozy, and fun activities. Just to name a few… hands-on exhibits, a play area in the shape of a pirate ship, and a dress-up corner for the imagination to run amok.  This children’s museum is the perfect way to entertain the kiddos in a safe environment. 

The Boulder History Museum is the place to be for history enthusiasts. It offers numerous opportunities to learn about the area’s unique past. At the same time, the CU Heritage Center provides exhibits on the university’s past, successful alumni and colorful historical facts. And for the lovers of art and the Old-West, the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art encourages learning through the spectacular dramatic sculptures. 

Bill Nye himself would be proud of the offerings at the Denver Nature and Science Museum. If science is the name of your game, this museum provides mummies, dinosaurs, and a Discovery Zone for children. Should your visit to Colorado’s capitol, you might want to venture to the Denver Art Museum to experience exhibits like Matisse and Cartier diamonds. 

Here is a little more detailed information on the top five museums in Boulder:

Nederland Mining Museum

Located just 20 minutes from North Boulder is the quirky and quaint town of Nederland, Colorado. You’ll find the Nederland Mining Museum here, which is a historical landmark. Grab your mining supplies and sense of historical curiosity because this museum is home to artifacts and various equipment used during Nederland’s mining era. The photos displayed within the museum will take you on a journey to yesteryear, while the mineral samples and maps that were used for mining purposes tell the complete story of searching for ore in Colorado. This self-paced museum tour is a treat for adults and older children alike who love history, machinery, and want to know more about how this funky mountain town came into being. Conveniently located within walking distance of local shops, breweries, and dining, the Mining Museum is a great stop on your visit to the mountains.

Denver Art Museum

Heading over to Colorado’s stunning capitol for a day trip won’t steer you wrong with a visit to the Denver Art Museum. This cultural hub will inspire and educate with a variety of exhibits from the early master painters to modern sculptures. Some of the current exhibits include stunning jewelry from Cartier and Matisse and Friends. For families, the Just For Fun children’s center offers crafts, art games, pottery, and dress up.

WOW! Children’s Museum

Get ready for a pint-sized adventure museum! What a perfect way to spend the day with your children.  The interactive displays, including a bubble hoop that completely surrounds the participant in one, soapy, bubble, along with a dress-up area and stage allow children to experiment and play. Although intimate in size, this museum is ideal for younger children who might otherwise be overwhelmed by the larger, city, museums. The family will love the pretend pirate ship, complete with educational displays that can be played in and on, a model train display that runs with a push of a button, and friendly staff is there to assist if you have any needs.

Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art

For a true taste of the west, the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art provides truly spectacular western sculptures and so much more. Stroll through the beautiful grounds and you’ll be transported through the old-west including cowboys, Native-Americans, and other visions of western Americana. This museum is free to the public, so it’s an affordable and educational way to spend your day.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

If you want to truly step back in time, you can experience Egyptian Mummies or discover new and exciting facts about our earth and universe in the Discovery Zone at Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science. This showcase is the perfect day trip for families with children of all ages, including the dinosaur exhibit. A variety of Wildlife and Space exhibits are sure to capture the imagination. In addition, the Native American exhibit, along with its intricate artifacts and displays, is sure to educate visitors. Come ready to learn and to be amazed.

No matter what museum you choose, you’re sure to find a unique and enriching experience. 
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