Since its founding in 1900, Denver Museum of Nature & Science has grown into one of the largest natural history museums in the western United States. The Museum preserves and provides access to its collections in its new state-of-the-art Avenir Collections Center. The new wing housing the Center has received LEED Platinum certification and is designed to use 50 percent less energy than a standard building of its type. Last year, the Museum attracted over 1.72 million visitors, making it one of the top ten visited museums in the country. Visit at www.dmns.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Gardens’ collections include living plants, two herbaria, archives and special collections, and an art collection. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city. Additional sites extend this experience throughout the Front Range - Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Jefferson County and Mount Goliath a high-altitude trail and interpretive site. Visit at www.botanicgardens.org.
The Denver metro area is a great supporter of its scientific and cultural institutions and together, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Botanic Gardens benefit from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) tax of 1/10th of 1%. This equates to approximately 25% of the annual operating revenue for both institutions.