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 Sunday, February 07, 2016
  • 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:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Daily: 2 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:15 p.m.

     

    Planetarium
  • Chocolate: The Exhibition

    February 12–May 8, 2016

    Free with General Admission

    Chocolate. The word conjures up visions of candy bars, hot fudge sundaes, and rich brownies, yet its rustic origins extend back thousands of years. Chocolate: The Exhibition will engage all of your senses as you trace the story of the “food of the gods,” from its earliest cultivation among the ancient peoples of the rain forest to its status today as the world’s favorite sweet. Immersive exhibits, fun interactives, and detailed replicas and objects place chocolate under the lenses of science, history, and popular culture.

    Exhibitions
  • 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:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    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
  • Cutting Edge: Medical Edition

    Grades 4-6
    Sharpen your scalpel and prepare to dissect! Dissect a sheep brain, heart, and eyeball, and study a frog’s internal systems. 

    Reservations
    Call 303.370.6000, daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Families & Children
  • 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
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016

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

    Planetarium
  • Dream to Discovery

    Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration. By using exciting real-life projects like NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the show highlights the extreme nature of spacecraft engineering and the life cycle of a space mission - from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations. Blast off and take the voyage with us!

    Showtimes:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Daily: 3:15 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Galapagos 3D: Nature's Wonderland

    In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are an extraordinary paradise, where life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a remarkable collection of plants and animals that have adapted to this unique environment and changed the way humans understand the science of nature. In Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland, meet gigantic tortoises and marine iguanas, dance with tropical albatrosses, and go fishing with colorful blue-footed boobies. 

    This film is a story rich with discovery, survival against the odds, and nature’s ingenuity. 

    Showtimes
    January 29-March 17, 2016
    Daily: 3 p.m.

    IMAX
  • Journey to Space 3D

    Humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. Next stop … Mars! Journey to Space 3D explores how NASA’s impending era will be its greatest yet by showcasing plans for such audacious missions as landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids. From behind the scenes at NASA to the suspense of operations way out in space, this sweeping film creates both a new appreciation for humankind’s amazing journey in space so far and inspires the next generation of young people to dream of reaching new horizons. 

    Showtimes
    January 29-March 17, 2016
    Daily: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.

    IMAX
  • Junior Surgeons: Medical Edition

    Grades 2 & 3

    Learn how the human body functions using dissections! Conduct dissections of chicken wings, sheep lungs and hearts, and cow eyes. Examine real human bones, listen to your heartbeat, and more at this human focused workshop.   

    Reservations 

    Call 303.370.6000, daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Families & Children
  • Living in the Age of Airplanes

    It was once very challenging to travel between continents. Now, on any given day, 100,000 airplane flights transport people and products between any two points on Earth in a matter of hours. Filmed in 18 countries across all seven continents, Living in the Age of Airplanes features wondrous sights that show how far we have come and how fast we got there. Narrated by Harrison Ford.

    Showtimes

    January 29-March 17, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday: 7 p.m.

    March 18-April 28, 2016
    Daily: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    April 29-June 30, 2016
    Daily: 2 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 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:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Daily: 10 a.m.

    Planetarium
  • SCFD Community Free Day, Sunday, February 7

    Join us at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a SCFD Community Free Day! 


    Musical Instrument Petting Zoo from Swallow Hill Music

    Try out ukuleles, hand drums, guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, mini pianos, and more! Fun for the entire family.
    Level 1, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 


    Free Face Painting
     
    Get your face painted with a fun design! 
    Level 1, 10 a.m.–12:45 p.m. & 2–4:45 p.m. 


    Scavenger Hunt
     
    Pick up a scavenger hunt and explore the Museum’s world famous wildlife dioramas! 
    Level 2 bridge, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.


    African Mud Painting with the Arvada Center

    Using your unique creativity and designs, make your own mud painting. 
    Level 1, Southeast Atrium, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.


    Mr. Bones

    Check out paleopuppeteer “Mr. Bones” and his life-size dinosaur puppets. 
    Throughout the Museum, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 


    NOTE: PROGRAMMING SUBJECT TO CHANGE

    Free Days
  • Secret Ocean 3D

    Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau offers a breakthrough look at a secret world deep in the ocean. In Secret Ocean 3D, the hidden beauty of our oceans blossoms before your eyes as you encounter some of the most unusual but little-seen creatures on earth. See thousands of colorful fish ripple over vibrant corals, follow the genius of a camouflaged octopus hunting along a reef, and hover beside a basket star as it unfurls its tangled tendrils. This enchanting film shows how the smallest life is the mightiest force on which our whole planet depends. 

    Showtimes:
    January 29-March 17, 2016
    Daily: 11:30 a.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m.

    March 18-April 28, 2016
    Daily: 11:30 a.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m.

    IMAX
  • We Are Aliens

    Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas?  Or is Earth the only planet with life? From the creators of ASTRONAUT and We Are Astronomers, We Are Aliens! takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.  Once again this award-winning studio brings you a production that finely balances science, education and family entertainment. We Are Aliens! narrated by Rupert Grint is an exciting new 360° Fulldome digital planetarium show produced by NSC Creative with input from UK astronomers.

    Showtimes:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Monday-Friday: 1:30 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
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