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 Thursday, March 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 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:15 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: 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.

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

  • Engineers Night Out!

    Get your build on at this fun evening event! Let out your inner engineer by designing buildings, bridges, war machines, and more. Once you’ve built all you can, enjoy a special screening of Dream Big 3D in Phipps IMAX Theater.

    Register online today or call 303.370.6000 (9 a.m.–5 p.m., seven days a week).

    Families & Children
  • 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.

  • Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits

    Five decades ago, Native American leaders launched a crusade against museums to reclaim their sacred objects and to rebury their kin. The repatriation controversy has grown in recent years as hundreds of tribes have used a landmark federal law to recover their looted heritage from American museums across the United States. Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, a new book by Chip Colwell, senior curator of anthropology, is an unflinching insider’s view of the tangled debate over who owns the past. Colwell will share his personal journey to understand how repatriation has transformed both museums and tribes, along with the stories of four objects from the Museum and how they were created, collected, and returned to their sources. These tales reveal the complicated process that involves not merely obeying the law but negotiating the thin lines between identity and morality, spirituality and politics. A book sale & signing will follow the lecture.

    Thursday, March 23
    7 p.m.
    Ricketson Auditorium 
    $8 member, $10 nonmember


    After Hours
  • Vikings: Beyond the Legend

    March 10–August 13, 2017

    The largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America is coming to Denver! Experience a myth-busting exhibition that has captivated a million people around the world. Vikings: Beyond the Legend lays waste to the one-dimensional stereotype of bearded barbarians with horned helmets. Marvel instead at a culture of surprising refinement, complexity, and achievement, and a supernatural world inhabited by Thor, Odin and Freyja, and other gods, goddesses, and giants. Fresh insights revealed through archaeological discoveries and more than 500 treasures show why the Vikings will always capture the imaginations of all ages.

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