Boulder's Best Museums Offer History, Art and Family Fun

With so many outdoor opportunities for adventure in Colorado, it can be easy to overlook its cultural opportunities. Boulder, a Front Range epicenter for the arts, history, entertainment, and family experiences, offers a variety of museums for science fanatics, history buffs, art lovers, and Old-West fanatics. 

For families the WOW! Children's Museum of Lafayette, Colorado is little but mighty. This adorable, cozy, and fun museum offers the perfect atmosphere for families with small children. Hands-on exhibits, a play area in the shape of a pirate ship, and a dress-up corner for pretend are the perfect ways to entertain the kiddos in a safe environment. 

For history enthusiasts, The Boulder History Museum offers opportunities to learn about the area's unique past, while the CU Heritage Center offers exhibits on the university's past and successful alumni. For lovers of art and the Old-West the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art encourages learning through viewing dramatic sculptures. 

If science is the name of your game the Denver Nature and Science Museum provides dinosaurs, mummies, and a Discovery Zone for children. While in Colorado's capitol, you can also venture to the Denver Art Museum to experience exhibits like Matisse and Cartier diamonds. 

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



Longterm exhibits include the Longs Peak room with sweeping views of the mountains and a variety of activities for children along with Front Range Rising, which serves to educate about westward expansion and the settling of one of Colorado's...  Read More



Learn about the exciting aspects of the history, geology, botany, zoology, and anthropology of the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains at this university museum. Colorado's heritage is explored in exhibits about fur trappers, Native Americans,...  Read More



This non-profit contemporary arts center exhibits a wide array of current works by local, national, and international artists. Artwork runs the gamut from landscape painting to conceptual installations and everything in between. The...  Read More



Originally, this century-old home was the summer residence of a New York merchant. Today, it houses the Boulder Historical Society's extensive collection of photographs and historical documents, as well as permanent and changing exhibits that...  Read More



This university museum is located in Old Main, one of the oldest buildings on the CU campus. Seven galleries house exhibits that display 19th century student life, athletic trophies and photos, and the "Space Room" that features the space suits...  Read More

Nederland Mining Museum


Just 20 minutes from North Boulder in the quirky and quaint town of Nederland, Colorado you'll find the Nederland Mining Museum. This historical landmark is home to artifacts and various equipment used during Nederland's mining era. There are...  Read More



Visit Colorado's stunning capitol for a day trip 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. Current exhibits include beautiful jewelry from...  Read More

WOW! Children's Museum
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This unique and pint-sized museum is a perfect way to spend the early morning or afternoon with your rug rats. Interactive displays such a bubble hoop that completely surrounds the participant in one, soapy, bubble along with a dress-up area and...  Read More



Leanin' Tree offers a feast for the eyes with magnificent western sculptures by Ed Trumble, who has been renowned for his exquisite art featured on many greeting cards since 1949. Walk the beautiful grounds as you take a journey through the...  Read More

Denver Museum of Nature and Science


Travel back in time with the Egyptian Mummies exhibit or discover new and exciting facts about our earth and universe in the Discovery Zone! Denver's Museum of Nature and Science is the perfect day trip for a family with children of all ages....  Read More


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Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope