Published: Sept. 21, 2021 By

After a closure that lasted over a year, the CU Museum of Natural History will be reopening its doors to the campus and community on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

If you go

Weekdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


students studying in the BioLounge

The museum's popular BioLounge study space

Priming, painting and preparing, the museum staff has been busy at work updating and upgrading each gallery for the best reopening experience possible, with several new exhibits as well as beloved favorites. The dedicated family space, previously relegated to one corner, has been expanded throughout the museum, with children’s activities now available in each gallery.

“Our mission is to foster appreciation for and increase knowledge of the natural environment and human history. While we built a virtual Museum From Home page to meet these goals during the pandemic, nothing can replace the value of direct observation and learning within our galleries,” said Patrick Kociolek, museum director.

CU students will be particularly pleased about the reopening of the BioLounge, located on the museum’s lower level––a popular gallery that is consistently voted one of the best places on campus to study.

“The CU Museum is a rich resource for learning, and we are thrilled to be making it available again to students, individuals and families in our community” said Kociolek.

The museum closed its doors on March 14, 2020, in what was expected to be a one-month closure. Since then, the museum has built a virtual repository of many interactive exhibits, programs and activities, and anticipates continuing to provide online resources in the future. One aspect of both the new virtual and in-person resources is that many now offer interpretation in both Spanish and English.

Plan your visit

Masks are required for all indoor visitors, regardless of vaccination status, and increased COVID-19 cleaning protocols are in place.

The CU Museum of Natural History is open daily: weekdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The museum is located conveniently at 15th Street and Broadway, on CU Boulder’s Main Campus (due west of UMC in the Henderson Building). For more information about the museum’s exhibits, programs and reopening details, call 303-492-6892 or visit the museum online.