Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Museum open?
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is closed on all University holidays.

Is there an admission fee?

The Museum is free 7 days a week, but donations are welcome. Suggested donations are:

Adults $3
Children 6-18 $1
Seniors $1
CU students,
faculty, and staff
Children under 6 FREE


Where is the Museum located?

The Museum is located in Boulder on the University of Colorado campus at 15th and Broadway. The Museum is west of the University Memorial Center and directly south of the Mary Rippon Theater. Map.

How do I get to or from the Museum from other campus locations?

You can use the University of Colorado at Boulder's Campus Map to find your way around campus.

Where is the best place to park?

Euclid Auto Park
During the week, parking is available at the Euclid Auto Park (7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) for $2.00 per hour. Evenings after 5 p.m. and weekends are a flat fee of $4.00. The Euclid Auto Park is located one block east of the Museum on Euclid Avenue and 18th Street. Map.

Residential Parking
It is possible to park in the residential area west of Broadway. Parking in these areas is limited to two hours during the week. There is no time limit during the weekend. There are also 2- and 4-hour metered spaces on the Hill, west of Broadway and north of the Museum. Map.

CU Lot 208
CU Lot 208, immediately south of the Museum, is available for $4.00 during evenings and weekends (exact change is required). Map.

Where is accessible parking located?

The closest public accessible parking is located in front of the University Memorial Center on Euclid Avenue. These parking spaces are metered. A Disabled Person's Placard will allow public parking in CU Lot 208 without a University parking permit after 5 p.m. and on weekends only. The cost is $4.00 (exact change is required).

Is the Museum accessible for people with disabilities?

There is an access ramp at the Museum's north door. To access the ramp, enter through the west gate of the Mary Rippon Theater. Within the museum, an elevator is available for visitors to travel between floors. Map.

How do I arrange a school tour?

Please see the section on Education & Tours.

Are there any special exhibits for children at the Museum?

All of the Museum's exhibits are designed for children to explore and learn. The Paleontology Hall is a favorite of most children, in part because there are several hands-on objects in the gallery (not to mention the saber-toothed cats, complete Pteranodon skeleton, and Triceratops skull). The Discovery Corner is a special exhibit that has been designed for children of all ages to explore the natural world in unstructured and hands-on ways. Discovery Carts offer additional hands-on, self-guided activities for children.

Are there any upcoming family events?

Visit the Museum Calendar to learn about upcoming Family Days, special events, and lectures.

Is there somewhere to change diapers at the Museum?

A changing station is located in the bathroom to the left of the stairs on the second floor.

Can I host a special event at the Museum?

The Paleontology Hall may be rented for receptions, parties, luncheons, dinners, and other functions. Check out the gallery rental page or call the Museum at 303-492-6892 for more information.

What are the benefits of Museum membership?

Museum membership includes many benefits, such as invitations to special events, the Museum Insights newsletter, and discounts in the gift store and to public programs. Learn more about Museum membership.

What type of items does the gift store carry?

The Museum gift store carries many reasonably priced items, including Native American jewelry, pottery and rugs, books, baskets, and children's toys. In addition to regularly carried items related to Colorado's natural and cultural history, a selection of books, toys, art, and other items related to current temporary exhibits are available.

Who receives a discount in the gift store?

Museum members receive a 10% discount. Museum staff and faculty also receive a gift store discount.

I have a different question—whom should I contact?

Didn't find the answer to your question here? For general questions, call the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History at 303-492-6892. If you are trying to contact a specific person at the museum, check the personnel directory.