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CU Museum of Natural History

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Address: Henderson Bldg. Broadway At 15th St, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0001
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+1 303-492-6892
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00

More than four million artifacts and specimens from the Rocky Mountain and...

More than four million artifacts and specimens from the Rocky Mountain and Plains regions make this one of the leading university natural science museums in the United States.

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The Museum is great. It is free. It has nice exhibits -- Paleontology, Archeology, BioLounge, Kids hands-on Discovery Corner, one changing exhibit (Butterflies when we visited... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Richmond, Indiana
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Richmond, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum is great. It is free. It has nice exhibits -- Paleontology, Archeology, BioLounge, Kids hands-on Discovery Corner, one changing exhibit (Butterflies when we visited). Here is the downside -- parking! We went when CU was not in session and found a lot across Broadway. That seems to be the best shot. Plan on some walking to the museum.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great for families and individual. Natural History museum on a college campus. Was a little hard to find using Google Maps app, but well worth!

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Admission is free, there is a child touch area (with puppet stage and Adobe-like home. There are other "please touch" areas scattered throughout the other exhibits. Temporary exhibit on caterpillars and butterflies, permanent exhibits on fossils, taxidermy, native peoples (vases, baskets, tools) and more.

Thank DraLisa
Kailua, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

There is a current exhibit entitled: "Unearthed: Ancient life in Boulder Valley". It is centered around 83 ancient stone tool pieces that were discovered by a landscaping crew in the spring of 2008 in the bacyard of a home just six blocks from the museum itself. Early hunter gatherers in the Boulder valley set aside these tools some 10,000 years... More 

Thank Jollymon22
Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This small museum has something for everyone in the family. There is usually a special exhibit. There is a hands on area for children. A new exhibit on 13,000 year old Clovis Indian toos is very well curated

Thank susanfern
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

It is a nice little museum on the campus of CU. The best exhibits are the dinosaur (1st floor) and the anthropology exhibit in the basement. Good for an hour of fun. Interactive places for children. No charge for museum, but you must pay to park in a lot nearby ($2-$3).

Thank Kmbassoon
Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Lots of fossils to check out, and in the basement a huge stuffed bird collection and interactive exhibits for the kids to play with. I used to take my elementary school aged daughter there back in the day, especially on rainy days.

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Silverdale, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

Stopped by for about an hour. The museum is mostly fossils, but there is also some American Indian pottery, as well as other anthropology exhibits. There are only 5 galleries, so it is not too big. I visited while there was a school group, so it was not a quiet visit. Public parking is a few buildings away from the... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

The museum is small but boasts an impressive collection, including dinosaur fossils and Japanese swords. We were in a bit of a rush, but we were able to walk the whole of the museum in less than an hour. Even if we didn't get to really examine the exhibits like we wanted to we got to see all of them.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2015

The staff at the counter was friendly and the price can't be beat; it is free (though there is a box for contributions). Free coffee (served in ceramic mugs) is even available downstairs. If you are from an area with major paleontology museums or if you are comparing this to a major Natural History museum you might be disappointed, but... More 

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