Free Shows and Demos

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Choose a day below to view the available events, IMAX films, and Planetariums shows.

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Events for Thursday, August 25, 2016
  • A Beautiful Planet 3D

    A Beautiful Planet 3D is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, featuring stunning footage captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The film illustrates the raw beauty of our magnificent planet, and offers a unique understanding of our world—and a hopeful look into the future of humanity. 

    April 29-May 26, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    May 27-June 30, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    July 1-September 22, 2016
    Daily: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m.

    IMAX
  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

    In this Museum-produced show, zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole.

    Run Time: 25 minutes

    Showtimes:
    Daily: 2 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:15 p.m.

     

    Planetarium
  • Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure

    Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in air.

    In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, travel through our solar system at many times the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons.

    Run Time: 23 minutes

    Showtimes:
    Monday-Friday: 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Destination Solar System

    Explore space like never before in the live show Destination Solar System! 

    This out of-this-world tour, departing from Gates Planetarium, takes place on board the Space Express. Travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds with Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable—but inexperienced—tour guide, and Max, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer. Tours of the hottest hot spots and the coldest, stormiest, and most spectacular sights in the solar system await curious space explorers of all ages.

    Showtimes

    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Digital Earth: Machu Picchu

    From the comfort of your planetarium seat, travel to the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, nestled on a ridge in the Peruvian Andes. Despite its precarious mountaintop location, the city’s running water and drainage systems have amazingly survived for 500 years. Take a tour with Ken Wright, founder of Wright Water Engineers and the Wright Paleohydrological Institute. Wright has been studying the massive stone construction and its hydraulic engineering for many years; he is the author of Machu Picchu: A Civil Engineering Marvel.

    Thursday, August 25
    7 p.m.
    Gates Planetarium 
    $8 member, $10 nonmember
     
     
    After Hours
  • Extreme Mammals

    September 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017

    Meet some of the biggest, smallest, and most amazing animals of all time in the exhibition Extreme Mammals. Spectacular fossils, vivid reconstructions, fun interactives, and lifelike models trace the ancestry and evolution of mammals while exploring how and why some of them are so over the top. From tiny to huge, from sloth-like to speedy, with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns, this cast of characters is full of surprises.

    Exhibitions
  • NASA's Viking Project

    Celebrate the 40th anniversary of NASA's Viking Missions, marking the first successful landings on the surface of Mars. Two identical spacecraft (Viking 1 and Viking 2), each consisting of a nuclear-powered lander and a solar-powered orbiter, were built. Each orbiter-lander was launched together and entered the Mars orbit in mid-1976; the landers then separated and descended to the planet’s surface. Both orbiters and landers returned a treasure trove of observations for several years. The missions had strong ties to our community—Viking Lander 1 and 2 were built in Denver at Martin Marietta's Waterton Canyon facility.

    This panel of engineers and scientists who worked on the Viking missions will share the challenges and triumphs, and how the findings have continued to shape our understanding of the Red Planet:

    • Guy Beutelschies participated in spacecraft engineering teams for numerous planetary exploration missions and serves as director of space exploration systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. 
    • Dr. Ben Clark, from the Space Science Institute, developed the X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer soil chemistry analyzers for the Viking Lander missions and served as Lockheed Martin’s chief scientist of space exploration systems.
    • Dr. Bruce Jakosky, of LASP at the University of Colorado, participated in the Mars Atmospheric Water Detector experiment on the Viking Orbiter missions and serves as the principal investigator of the MAVEN mission currently operating at Mars.
    Thursday, August 25
    7 p.m.
    Phipps Theater
    $12 member, $15 nonmember
    After Hours
  • National Parks Adventure 3D

    Soar over red rock canyons and hurtle up craggy mountain peaks into the otherworldly realms of America’s legendary outdoor playgrounds in National Parks Adventure 3D. This ultimate off-trail escapade takes you to Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Arches, and other beloved sites around our country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Join world-famous climber Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Alex Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb, and marvel in the beautifully wild places that inspire the adventurer in all of us. Narrated by Robert Redford.

     

    Showtimes

    May 27-June 30, 2016
    Daily: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m.

    July 1-September 22, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    IMAX
  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

    One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color that follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. This cross-cultural adventure opens children's eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.

    Run Time: 23 minutes


    Showtimes:
    Daily: 10 a.m.

    Planetarium
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