Free Shows and Demos

Want to know what's happening at the Museum?  We have plenty of activities going on daily! Click here for our demonstration and show schedule.

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

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Events for Monday, October 23, 2017
  • 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

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


  • 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

    Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

  • 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.


    Daily: 11: a.m., 1:30 p.m.

  • Nature's Amazing Machines

    June 16–January 1, 2017

    Imagine if your jaws could crush 8,000 pounds in one bite, your punch could break through aquarium glass, and your ears could act as air conditioners. From the inside out, every living thing is a machine built to survive. The new temporary exhibition, Nature’s Amazing Machines, uses real objects, scientific models, and fun activities to show the marvels of natural engineering. Discover how a giraffe’s heart pumps blood up its long neck, how a toucan stays cool in the jungle, how insects breathe without lungs, and how it might feel to fly. You will also see technological breakthroughs such as Velcro, wind turbines, and chainsaws where humans mined and mimicked the ingenuity deep in nature’s invisible workings.

  • 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

    Daily: 10 a.m.

  • Ultimate Dinosaurs

    June 16–January 1, 2017

    Ultimate Dinosaurs showcases some of the most spectacular dinosaur discoveries and cutting-edge scientific research from the southern hemisphere in recent years. Why were southern dinosaurs so bizarre and unique from their better-known North American counterparts? There are lots of ways in the exhibition to dig into this question. 

  • Urban Ecology

    Our class will investigate the dramatically changing landscapes of Denver and the Front range. We will see how enormous progress has been made in cleaning up our water, our air, and our cities. We will also investigate some of the ongoing megaprojects associated with transportation enhancement, water recycling, and park land and open space planning. We stand poised at the threshold of a new era of enhanced urban living….the digital natives are moving in! Class room lectures will cover the materials and field trips will visit the sites. Guest lecturers will complement our Museum instructor.

    Mondays, October 23 & 30
    6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Field trips: Saturdays, October 28 & November 4
    $150 member, $180 nonmember

    Registration is required.


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