Denver Museum of Nature & Science Announces 2012
Offerings include two temporary exhibitions, new IMAX 3D
films, and SCFD Free Days, plus the monthly Science Lounge series
for ages 21+ and the summer Sci-Fi Film Series
Denver-December 5, 2011-The Denver Museum of
Nature & Science is offering an impressive lineup of temporary
exhibitions, IMAX 3D films, and additional programming in the
coming year. Included below are highlights for the cultural
organization, which serves more than 1.42 million people annually
and has a membership roster of more than 60,000 households.
Lizards & Snakes
Opens Friday, February 3, 2012
FREE with Museum Admission
See 60 live animals at the Museum. The Burmese python, gila
monster, komodo dragon, green basilisk, and more star in this
fascinating exhibition. Featuring an impressive lineup of lizards
and snakes from five continents, Lizards & Snakes introduces
visitors to these adaptable, colorful, and sometimes dangerous
creatures. Using live animals, real and cast fossils, extensive
multimedia, hands-on interactives, and an activity area
specifically for young visitors, the exhibition explores this
group's evolution, movement, and feeding habits. It will enthrall,
educate, and engage visitors of all ages.
A Day in Pompeii
Opens Friday, September 14, 2012
What nature destroyed, it also preserved. Hundreds of exceptional
artifacts offer an insider's glimpse into the daily life-and tragic
end-of this ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption
of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. On display are archaeological treasures
that lay buried in Pompeii's ruins, preserved as if sealed in a
time capsule. Highlights include marble and bronze sculptures,
jewelry, gold coins, everyday household items, and more. Visitors
will uncover the treasures of a city steeped in legend, examine
casts of the volcano's victims frozen in their last moments, and
discover the power of volcanoes past and present.
Tornado Alley 3D
Opens Friday, January 27, 2012
Experience the adrenaline and the science of nature's most dramatic
phenomena. Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers
of Vortex 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the
origins and evolution of tornadoes, in this heart-pounding science
Flying Monsters 3D
Opens Friday, January 27, 2012
Uncover the truth about the mysterious pterosaurs, whose wingspans
of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern jet plane.
Enter the lush and alien environment in which these creatures
and experience real flying monsters.
To the Arctic
Opens in Spring 2012 (Exact Date TBD)
Take an extraordinary journey to a place of extremes that few ever
dare to go. Venture across floating ice with a mother polar bear
and her two cubs as they struggle to survive in the face of natural
predators and a rapidly changing climate.
Opens in Summer 2012 (Exact Date TBD)
See mindboggling collisions, both natural and human-made, and learn
about the troubling legacy of space exploration-a growing ring of
floating debris that casts a shadow over future space
SCFD COMMUNITY FREE DAYS
The Museum is offering 12 SCFD Community Free Days in
2012. Click here for a full list of dates.
SCIENCE LOUNGE-MONTHLY EVENT
Enjoy a mind-expanding experience at the Museum with cocktails
and entertainment every third Thursday of the month for adults age
21+. Below are brief descriptions for the offerings in early
• January: Know Your Snow-Whether you're always on the
lookout for the next call-in-sick powder day or just love a good
snowball fight, you'll get to know snow like never before.
• February: Hugs & Hisses-Learn the courtship dances of
the monitor lizard and bearded dragon, tour the Lizards &
Snakes exhibition, and head to the bar for The Snakebite.
• March: Crack the Case-Try your hand at forensic sleuthing
and solve a mystery at the Museum. Armed with science and a Bloody
Mary, identify and analyze evidence at the scene of a crime.
SCI-FI FILM SERIES-2nd ANNUAL SUMMER EVENT
The Museum is partnering again with the Denver Film Society to
present the Sci-Fi Film Series. Scheduled for July and August
2012, the program features Museum scientists and film experts as
they screen famous sci-fi films, break down the science behind
these alternative possibilities, and separate fact from fiction