Where children and their grown-ups learn through play!
The mission of the Children’s Museum of Denver is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood.
About the Museum
The Children's Museum of Denver believes in kid-powered learning. Every day, our expertly designed exhibits and programs open doors for Colorado's curious young minds to express what they know and to discover, create and explore more - on their own terms.
Since 1973, the Children’s Museum of Denver has served the metro-Denver community as a learning institute dedicated to the education and growth of young children and their caregivers. The Museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to joyously learn through innovative and interactive Playscapes (hands-on exhibits), engaging daily programming and year-round special events. Last year, the Museum served more than 359,000 children and their grown-ups.
The Museum is currently under construction on a $16.1 million expansion to create a 9-acre campus and new experiences; doubling the size of the current facility. New exhibits include: The Art Studio, Altitude (a 3 ½ story climber), Water, Energy, The Teaching Kitchen, and Joy Park: An Outdoor Adventure. The expansion is slated for completion in late 2015.
The Children’s Museum of Denver is a 501(c)(3), private non-profit organization, and a Tier II SCFD member.
*For the safety of all our guests, there are no adults allowed in the Museum without children, and no children allowed without adults.
The first Children’s Museum of Denver opened in 1973 in a converted school bus. The Museum quickly outgrew this original facility, as the need for a participatory, hands-on educational institution for children and families was immediately apparent. We required a more permanent location in the community, so the organization leased and renovated a building on Bannock Street in Denver, opening to the public in January 1975. Within months, the Museum was drawing record numbers of visitors from throughout the metropolitan area. Planning soon began for a larger facility, and in 1984 the Museum opened a new building in its present location along the west bank of the Platte River.
The Children’s Museum of Denver is a member of the Association of Children’s Museums, a trade organization comprised of over 510 members. Currently, children’s museums represent one of the fastest growing segments within educational/cultural institutions in the United States. Over the last decade the number of children’s museums has grown by 100%, annually reaching nearly 30 million children and families. Children's museums rank second only to zoos among museum-related attractions in their ability to attract ethnically and culturally diverse audiences and address the needs of young children.